George Mason holds off VMI 89-86

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FAIRFAX, Va. (AP)—Sherrod Wright scored 18 of his 24 points in the first half to lead George Mason to an 89-86 win over Virginia Military Institute on Tuesday night.

The Patriots (6-5) led by as many as 11 in the first half and took a 52-45 lead into halftime.

But the Keydets (4-6) scored 17 points off 10 second-half turnovers by George Mason to claw back into the game, eventually taking an 86-85 lead on a breakaway dunk by Stan Okoye with 1:11 remaining. The Patriots, who missed 12 of their 23 second-half free throw attempts, took the lead for good with a Luke Hancock putback on the next possession.

Cam Long provided the final margin on a fastbreak layup with 16 seconds remaining off a miss by the Keydets’ Austin Kenon.

VMI’s Ron Burks missed twice from 3-point range in the game’s final seconds.

The Keydets were paced by Keith Gabriel with 24 points and Kenon with 22.

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Keith Gabriel Keith Gabriel
8-19,  24 Pts
3 Rebs, 2 Assists
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Sherrod Wright Sherrod Wright
9-14,  24 Pts
4 Rebs, 2 Assists

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