Ian Boyd had a step back three-pointer with 7 seconds remaining while Goanar Mar was being fouled underneath the basket. Mar sank the two clutch free-throws and Mason was on top to seal the victory. Mar has now made his last 25 straight free-throw attempts. Crazy finish to game that looked like Mason was in danger of losing after a first half with 10 turnovers and some early foul trouble. It was another game were we didn’t see this group of young players give up and they fought to the end.
FINAL: Mason 76, JMU 72!
The cardiac Pats erase a 4-point deficit with 10 seconds to go!
Pressure free throw after pressure free throw (like this one from @YounginGoanar)!
— Mason Basketball (@MasonMBB) November 30, 2017
Once again they played a better second half than the first, a recurring theme so far this season. Otis Livingston II paced the team with 17 points, 8 assists, and 6-for-6 from the free-throw line. Grayer was on fire early, a one time scoring 10 straight points, but cooled in the second half. He had eight rebounds in the first half but only two the rest of the game. Mar didn’t miss a shot in 30 minutes of playing time on his way to 14 points and Boyd had one of his better games of the season hitting some big shots and key rebounds.
The bench had a much more productive night as well. Greg Calixte continues to get better and played some strong minutes. Javon Greene was also able to get on the scoreboard but is still waiting for his first made three-pointer. Overall it seems that Paulsen is getting more comfortable with his bench players and that’s a big key for this team moving forward.
And that's why you play the game! pic.twitter.com/D8pUy1PJSa
— Mark LaFrance (@GoMasonSID) November 30, 2017
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