On the strength of an Otis Livingston II three-pointer at the buzzer, George Mason beat Fordham, 71-68. Livingston finished with 17 points and 6 assists (only 2 turnovers) in his 118th start, tying Will Thomas for most career starts at GMU. Justin Kier continued his POY campaign with 18 points and 9 rebounds with 3 steals. Jared Reuter had another solid effort with 8 points, 9 rebounds in 23 minutes, while Javon Greene (7 pts, 3 asts) and Jordan Miller (9 pts, 3 rebs). Ian Boyd had 6 points off of two crucial three-pointers.
The boxscore does not convey the struggle that George Mason always seems to have against the Fordham Rams. Fordham led the overall series 7-2 going into Saturday’s tilt, and has sent the Patriots home from the A10 tournament twice in recent years. To win on a last second shot certainly helps ease the pain and improve the series record.
Behind senior Otis Livingston II and junior Ian Boyd, the Patriots continue to maintain a culture and expectation to make the big shot when it is needed most. Ian Boyd has even been referred to as “Big Shot Boyd” and “Mr. Sportscenter” after his heroics last season. How many times has either of these two heady guards come out on the good side of lady luck?
This trend at Mason is not new. Remember Jalen Jenkins‘ 75 footer to beat Manhattan and tip-in to down Davidson, or Sherrod Wright‘s three to beat VCU or Richmond? Who can forget Luke Hancock‘s three and Mike Morrison‘s dunk to beat Villanova in the NCAA tournament?
January 19, 2019 – Otis Livingston vs. Fordham
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February 28, 2018 – Ian Boyd vs. VCU
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February 24, 2018 – Ian Boyd vs. UMass, assist from Otis Livingston II
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February 21, 2018 – Ian Boyd vs. St. Josephs, assist from Otis Livingston II
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January 11, 2018 – Otis Livingston vs. St. Josephs
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Another Mason shot of significance: