Northeastern beats George Mason 58-57

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BOSTON (AP)—Manny Adako made a layup with 25 seconds left gave Northeastern a 58-57 win over George Mason on Wednesday night in a game delayed 20 minutes when a Patriots’ player fainted on the court.

Late in the game, George Mason’s John Vaughan dropped to the court and was taken off on a stretcher. He had been involved in a collision under the basket moments before he “basically fainted,” as Patriots coach Jim Larranaga said after the game.

Northeastern’s Nkem Ojougboh stepped to the line for two free throws with 2:16 remaining. After Ojougboh made the first, Vaughan collapsed in the lane.

According to Larranaga, he was revived and his blood pressure and pulse were OK.

George Mason sports information director Richard Coco said tests at Beth-Israel Deaconess Medical Center showed Vaughan had a concussion but a CT scan was clear and the player was being released Wednesday night. Coco said Vaughan will return to school on Thursday, and will be reevaluated by the team’s doctors.

Coco said Vaughan was awake and alert when he went to the hospital, but had a headache. He said the first thing Vaughan asked about was the score of the game. A hospital spokesman said earlier Vaughan was in good condition.

When the game resumed, Ojougboh hit his second free throw to give the Huskies (12-6, 7-1 Colonial Athletic Association) a 56-51 lead. The Patriots (14-4, 7-1 CAA) stormed back with six straight points Two free throws by Cam Long with 56 seconds left gave George Mason its first lead.

Following Adako’s basket off a pass from Baptiste Bataille, the Patriots had one last chance but turned the ball over.

Matt Janning led all scorers with 20 points for the Huskies, while Vaughan had 19 for the Patriots.

Northeastern, George Mason and Virginia Commonwealth are now in a three-way tie atop the CAA.

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