Mendez hits game-winner jumper to lift Panthers over George Mason

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ATLANTA (AP)—Leonard Mendez made a game-winner jumper as time expired, capping Georgia State’s second-half rally to beat George Mason 66-64 on Wednesday.

The Patriots (9-4, 1-1 Colonial Athletic Association) reached halftime with a 43-30 lead. Georgia State opened the second half with a 15-2 run, with a layup by Rashad Chase tying the game at 45 with 12:46 left.

Trae Goldston scored seven of his nine points during the spurt for the Panthers (4-8, 1-1).

George Mason took a 63-59 lead with just over three minutes remaining. But a 3-pointer by Mendez, followed by Justin Billingslea’s layup, put Georgia State ahead 64-63 with 34 second left.

Dre Smith tied the game at 64 on a free throw. Then Mendez, who finished with 19 points and five rebounds, hit the game-winner.

John Vaughan led George Mason with 18 points. Will Thomas added 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds, while Smith had 13 points and Floarin Campbell 12.

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W. Thomas W. Thomas
6-9,  17 Pts
8 Rebs, 3 Assists
 Georgia St.
L. Mendez L. Mendez
8-14,  19 Pts
5 Rebs, 1 Assists

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