George Mason vs Saint Louis

Saint Louis tops skidding Mason in OT, wins 14th straight wire reports

ST. LOUIS -- Rob Loe missed his first two 3-point shots but he shook that off to make his next three for No. 19 Saint Louis.

Loe scored 10 of his career high 23 points in overtime to help the Billikens edge George Mason 87-81 on Saturday.

Loe hit a 3-point shot to tie the game at 68 with 44 seconds to play and then hit a 3-pointer to start overtime, giving the Billikens the lead for good.

"Everyone wants to hit a big shot like that,'' said Loe, who entered the game hitting only 28 percent of his 3-point attempts. ''I was open. Austin [McBroom] got me the ball. I shot it and it went in. That was good and it carried on into overtime.''

Saint Louis (20-2, 7-0 Atlantic 10) has reeled off 14 victories in a row, the sixth-longest active winning streak in the country. The winning streak ties the school record.

It is the first time the Billikens have been 20-2 in school history.

Four other Billikens reached double figures -- Jordair Jett with 18, Mike McCall Jr. with 15, McBroom with 14 and Dwayne Evans 12.

George Mason, the newest member of the Atlantic 10 Conference, lost its eighth consecutive game. The Patriots, who came to the A-10 from the Colonial Athletic Association, fell to 7-14 overall and an 0-7 mark in A-10 play.

''Anytime you lose it's disappointing,'' George Mason coach Paul Hewitt said. ''To come on the road and play a team the quality like Saint Louis the way we did, I'm very proud of our players. We gave ourselves a chance.''

Bryon Allen scored 30 points and Patrick Holloway added 15 for George Mason (7-14, 0-7).

''It was very disappointing because we saw for the first 40 minutes we executed very well and competed on every play,'' Allen said. ''It was frustrating for us in overtime. They started overtime with a big 3 and that was a big-time 3 and that gave them the momentum.''

It was the first meeting between the schools. Allen hit a 3-pointer and jump shot to give George Mason a 35-31 lead less than 3 minutes into the second half.

George Mason led by seven three times. The final time came with 7:32 to play after Allen hit a 3-pointer to make it 60-53.

''There were many times we could have been deflated,'' Saint Louis coach Jim Crews said. ''But we did not get deflated. We kept trying to make them do the next right thing. Our guys did good job of sticking with it.''

Saint Louis cut the lead to 66-65 with 2:45 to play on a layup by Jett.

A tip-in by Erik Copes, who finished with 10 points, gave the Patriots a 3-point lead before Loe hit his long shot to tie it.

The Patriots' Jalen Jenkins missed a jumper at the buzzer, sending the game into overtime.

''At the end, we weren't going to let them score,'' McBroom said.

The Billikens entered the game ranked first in the A-10 in field goal percentage defense (.382) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (.276).

The Patriots hit 51 percent on 35 of 68 shooting from the floor. George Mason hit 5 of 8 from beyond the 3-point arc.

George Mason shot just seven free throws, making six. Saint Louis was called for just 11 fouls.

''We played good defense and didn't foul,'' Crews said.

The Billikens canned 23 of 25 free-throw attempts.

The Patriots outrebounded Saint Louis 39-30. In the second half, George Mason had 12 offensive rebounds to just six for the Billikens.

''They ate us up on the boards in the second half,'' Crews said. ''Not until the final buzzer did I feel like we dodged anything.''

Saint Louis led 27-26 at halftime. There were seven lead changes and five ties in the half.

The Billikens played the first 13:59 before being called for a foul and had just three total in the first half.

Saint Louis last played in overtime March 6 and lost at Xavier.

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Rob Loe scores 10 points in OT to finish with 23 in SLU's win over George Mason. (USATSI)
Rob Loe scores 10 points in OT to finish with 23 in SLU's win over George Mason. (USATSI)
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Saint Louis #19 (20-2) «27411987
GMASON:B. Allen 30 Pts
GMASON:E. Copes 9 Reb
GMASON:M. Moore 7 Ast
STLOU:R. Loe 23 Pts
STLOU:D. Evans 10 Reb
STLOU:J. Jett 5 Ast

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George MasonSaint Louis
Bryon Allen
Rob Loe
George Mason Patriots
B. Allen, G4312-174-571230
J. Jenkins, F393-92-28148
M. Moore, G362-50-06734
E. Copes, F-C295-70-091410
S. Wright, G224-70-02128
P. Holloway, G236-110-010215
J. Williams, F141-70-02132
C. Edwards, G91-20-03222
M. Gujanicic, F91-30-00022
A. Okoloji, F10-00-00010
J. Arledge, FDid Not Play
J. Royal, FDid Not Play
V. Gray, FDid Not Play
M. Rudy, FDid Not Play
M. Tate, GDid Not Play
Totals 35-686-738142581
Saint Louis Billikens
J. Jett, G406-126-835418
M. McCall Jr., G395-102-233015
R. Loe, F367-126-653223
D. Evans, F344-124-4101312
J. Barnett, F210-30-00000
A. McBroom, G294-114-452014
G. Glaze, F122-31-10005
J. Manning, C90-00-01010
M. Crawford, G-F50-00-00210
J. LePak, GDid Not Play
R. Agbeko, FDid Not Play
T. Lancona, FDid Not Play
A. Eagleton, GDid Not Play
A. Yacoubou, GDid Not Play
Totals 28-6323-2527161187
Atlantic 10
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Rhode Island13-525-1031
St. Bona.11-720-1291
Geo. Wash.10-820-15102
George Mason9-920-14103
La Salle9-915-15137
Saint Louis6-1212-21238
Saint Josephs4-1411-20201
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UK 84 Final
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DUKE 89 Final
SYR 91
CSU 56 Final
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ILL 74
UCF 70 Final
LOU 87
ARIZ 58 Final
CAL 60