Old Dominion beats George Mason 73-71

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP)—Gerald Lee scored 23 points to lead Old Dominion in a 73-71 win over George Mason on Saturday night.

The Monarchs (13-8, 6-5 Colonial Athletic Association) led by three points at halftime, and by nine less than five minutes into the second, but the Colonials (15-6, 8-3) fought back late. George Mason pulled ahead at 67-66 on Louis Birdsong’s layup with 4:39 left and, after Ben Finney put ODU back up with a lay-in of his own, Cam Long hit a jumper to retake the lead with 3:48 remaining.

George Mason was held scoreless for more than three minutes.

Lee hit two free throws and Frank Hassell knocked down a jumper to put ODU ahead 72-69 with 1:35 left. Marsharee Neely hit a free throw for ODU’s final margin, and Long missed a jumper at the buzzer.

Finney finished with 18 points, while Nelly added 12.

Ryan Pearson led the Colonials with 18 points.

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Darryl Monroe Darryl Monroe
5-7,  10 Pts
6 Rebs, 7 Assists
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Gerald Lee Gerald Lee
9-11,  23 Pts
1 Rebs, 4 Assists

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