George Mason guard Sherrod Wright hit a three-pointer as time expired to give the visiting Patriots a 67-64 win over Richmond in the first game of the inaugural Governor's Holiday Hoops Classic at the Richmond Coliseum.
The Patriots took the ball out of bounds in front of their own bench with 5.8 seconds left and inbounded the ball to Corey Edwards, who raced from the backcourt to feed Wright on the right wing. Wright immediately lifted to get his shot off, hitting nothing but net.
Wright led all scorers with 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting. Edwards added 13 for George Mason (7-4), which ended the game on an 18-3 run over the final 7:31.
George Mason took its first lead of the game when Jonathan Arledge got a putback off an Edwards missed floater with 1:37 to play to put the Patriots ahead 63-62. Edwards then hit a free throw with 54.5 seconds left to up the lead to 64-62.
Richmond (9-4) guard Cedrick Lindsay tied the game 64-64 with 19.8 seconds to play on a high-arching, acrobatic shot in the lane.
The Spiders were led by guard Darien Brothers, who had 20 points.
Richmond led 41-32 at halftime, making eight of their 11 attempts from beyond the arc.