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Video: The frenetic ending to George Mason-'Nova

Posted on: March 18, 2011 5:33 pm
Edited on: March 18, 2011 5:42 pm
Posted by Matt Norlander

Even if there haven't been exciting upsets early today, like what we saw yesterday (part of that is a lack of 11-6, 12-5 and 13-4 games), we've still had a couple of edge-of-your-couch endings. Afternoon, weekday tournament basketball is just the best, isn't it?

One of the big story lines heading into the weekend: George Mason is back in the second round for the first time since its Final Four run in 2006. The Patriots came from behind to take out No. 9 Villanova and win, 61-57. Exclusive video below shows the final frames of the Patriots' rally, which was capped off with a Luke Hancock, go-ahead 3, then an emphatic Mike Morrison slam just before time expired.

Let me remind you: Mason was the higher-seeded team and is certainly a better one than Villanova. Villanova's season started with a 16-1 record. It ends at 21-12 and out in the first round. But no matter: the George Mason will, for a long, long time, elicit similar notions and feelings that Gonzaga and Butler do.

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