Bucknell 60, George Mason 57
WASHINGTON (AP)—Donald Brown scored 16 and Bucknell fought off a second-half rally to defeat George Mason 60-57 Sunday.
Brown made all six of his shots from the field and also led the Bison (3-5) with nine rebounds.
George Mason trailed 33-20 at halftime but chipped away throughout the second half and pulled within three points three different times in the game’s final minute, including a 30-footer from Folarin Campbell at the buzzer. But the Bison made five of six free throws down the stretch to keep the game out of reach.
Bucknell, playing its second game in as many days after losing to Northern Iowa Saturday, went on a 13-2 run over an eight-minute stretch in the first half to open up a 33-17 lead. The Bison hit 8 of 16 3-pointers and shot 53 percent from the field.
George Mason (3-3), which shot 42 percent, was playing at Verizon Center for the first time since advancing to last year’s Final Four with an overtime victory against Connecticut.
Campbell led the Patriots with 20 points on 7-of-17 shooting. Reserve Dre Smith added 11.
Mason made it to the free-throw line only four times, hitting all four. Bucknell was 14 of 20 from the line.