Fairfax, Va. (Feb. 19) - George Mason made two free throws with 0.2 seconds left in overtime to secure a 70-68 win over Georgia State on Sunday in a CAA game at the Patriot Center.
In a game with 12 ties and 8 lead changes, the teams were tied at 68 in overtime. Georgia State had a chance for the win on a drive to the basket with 17 seconds left, but a no-call on a block got Mason the ball back. Taleia Moton dribbled out the clock, did a final spin just inside the three-point line, was falling away from the basket and heaved a desperation attempt that was whistled as a foul with the 0.2 left. Moton, the No. 12 scorer in the country at 20 points today, finished with a game-high 31 points, including seven in the overtime to lead Mason (13-13, 7-8).
Georgia State (7-19, 1-14) had four players in double figures, even though two fouled out. Junior center Cody Paulk, one of those who fouled out, had 18 points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots. Senior forward Chan Harris had a double-double with 13 points and 14 rebounds. Guard Kendra Long added 15 points with three treys and Sade Means added 12 points, six rebounds and three steals.
The Panthers had fought back from a 10-point halftime deficit, 38-28, to re-gain the lead, 41-40 early in the second half. The visiting Panthers built a five-point lead at 49-44 with 7:35 to go. GSU led 57-55 in regulation after a basket by Means, but Moton made two free throws to tie the game at 57 with 1:32. GSU had several chances for the winning basket in regulation, but missed.
In the OT, GSU again built a five-point lead at 66-61 with two minutes left. GSU led 68-66 with 1:10 left, but Joyous Tharrington made two free throws with 41 seconds to tie. That set up GSU's final miss and Moton's heroics.
Mason shot 37 fouls, making 27, compared to 19 attempts by GSU (none in the first half), with 15 made as GSU was whistled for 23 fouls.
Georgia State dominated the rebounding by a 54-41 margin, including 20 offensive rebounds. The Panthers scored 34 points in the paint.
This is GSU's second road OT loss in two weeks, losing at Towson earlier.
"We fought hard, did a good job on the glass, and played to win this afternoon," said Coach Sharon Baldwin-Tener. "I guess we can be proud we didn't quit, but it's tough to lose one like this."
Georgia State faces VCU in Atlanta on Thursday evening at the GSU Sports Arena.