Mason Can’t Finish Off Davidson, Fall in Overtime

Posted In News - By Brian Wright On Saturday, January 24th, 2015 With 0 Comments


A six-point lead with 21 seconds left on your home floor usually spells victory. And for George Mason, who had this very scenario against Davidson on Saturday evening, it was shaping up to be extra special – the end to a four-game losing streak.

But the Wildcats weren’t content on seeing the Patriot misery end. Instead, they worsened it.

A pair of three-point field goals, including Brian Sullivan’s shot to beat the buzzer, sent the game into overtime – where the Davidson momentum carried over into an 80-73 Mason loss.

Despite being ranked 11th in the Atlantic 10 in scoring defense, the Patriots (6-12, 1-5 A-10) were able to limit the eighth-best scoring offense in the nation – enough to claw back from an early deficit and take a 57-56 lead as 5:31 remained on the clock.

The lead would extend, and would be 64-59 with 38.6 seconds to play after Marquise Moore connected on two free throws.

But it would be the two missed later on that proved costly.

An Oskar Michelsen trey chopped the advantage in half. The anxiety level in the Patriot Center was raised further when Jalen Jenkins missed from the charity stripe on back-to-back tries.

Davidson subsequently used up the final 12 seconds of regulation on its next possession. Hewitt and the Mason defense distained fouling (a late-game play some coaches use) – which led to Sullivan’s heavily-contested, but well-placed, three-point shot.

“I don’t do it,” Wildcats head coach Bob McKillop said. “I think Paul’s position was fine.”

The overtime was more formality than contest. Davidson continued its surge by scoring the first five points of the extra session and limiting Mason to a 2-of-11 clip from the field during the five-minute period.

“Our defense stiffened up,” McKillop said. “We got a burst of energy from that.”

The Patriots’ loss spoiled fine efforts from Moore and center Shevon Thompson – both picking up the slack from the absent Patrick Holloway.

Moore made seven of his twelve field goal attempts and had 18 points, while Thompson finished with 15 points and 15 rebounds.

Davidson (14-4, 5-2 A-10) was led by Michelsen’s 20 points. Tyler Kalinoski scored 18 and grabbed eight boards before fouling out with 1:59 left in regulation. Sullivan had 17 points, none bigger than the 23-foot jumper at the conclusion of the second half.

About - Brian is a new contributor to MasonHoops.com for the 2014-2015 season. With over a decade's worth of sports journalism experience, he has been featured on Bleacher Report, SB Nation, as well as The Washington Examiner. Currently, Brian is the MLB Lead Writer for The Sports Daily (thesportsdaily.net/author/brianwright), a staff writer with the Stafford County Sun (VA), and the host of a baseball history podcast, 'Baseball as It Was' (baseballasitwas.com). While attending Virginia Tech, Brian covered Frank Beamer's Hokie football teams - among other sports - for the school's daily campus newspaper. Follow Brian on Twitter (@BrianWright86).

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