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George Mason's Otis Livingston II: Great name, greater buzzer beater

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George Mason's Otis Livingston II: Great name, greater buzzer beater

FAIRFAX, VA -- Throughout the 2017-18 season, Otis Livingston II has put George Mason on his shoulders on more than one occasion.  

On Wednesday night in Fairfax, he went one step further. 

Livingston, hit the game-winning shot from the coaches' box to give the Patriots an 81-79 win over Saint Joseph's. It capped his game-leading 25 point night on 10-13 shooting, including 5-from-6 from three-point range. 

No one could guard the 5-11 junior, not a 6-6 James Demery nor a lock for all-Atlantic 10 honors in Shavar Newkirk. Both rotated their coverage on him throughout the night and neither had any luck. 

George Mason (8-9, 2-2) led for nearly 35 min in a high scoring affair at EagleBank Arena. Justin Kier would add a double-double for the Patriots with 12 points and 10 rebounds. 

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Just before the final buzzer beater, the Hawks (7-8, 2-2) took the lead with 5.0 seconds to go. Chris Clover (19 points) laid in a wide-open basket off of an inbounds play to give Saint Joseph's their first lead of the second half. 

Livingston's three-pointer was the combined 21st of the game for two teams not known for their presence behind the arc. 

In a span of three games, the 5-11 junior has scored 33, 20, and now 25 points. It is the first three-game span where he has recorded 20 points in each contest, in his career.

Up next for the three-year starter who already is climbing up the George Mason record books? Sportscenter Top 10, probably. 

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Cavaliers hold Georgia Tech to 48 points, win comfortably on the road

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Cavaliers hold Georgia Tech to 48 points, win comfortably on the road

ATLANTA -- De'Andre Hunter scored 17 points and No. 2 Virginia won its ninth straight game, 64-48 over Georgia Tech on Thursday night.

It was another defensive masterpiece by the Cavaliers (17-1, 6-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who limited Georgia Tech to 40.5 percent shooting and forced 18 turnovers.

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Virginia snapped a four-game winning streak for the Yellow Jackets (10-8, 3-2).

After making the first basket of the game, Georgia Tech quickly got an idea of what kind of night it would be. The Jackets missed their next eight shots and turned it over four times before Josh Okogie finally broke a nearly eight-minute scoreless drought with a dunk off a backdoor pass.

Virginia led 28-19 at halftime, and Georgia Tech never got any closer the rest of the way.

The last gasp for the home team essentially came in the closing seconds of the first half. It looked as though the Jackets would go to the locker room on a bit of a high after Curtis Haywood hit his second 3-pointer of the first half, closing the gap to 24-19.

But Hunter got free in the corner and knocked down a trey with 0.1 seconds left in the half, turning it into a four-point play when Abdoulaye Gueye foolishly went for the block and sent the Virginia player sprawling to the court.

The free throw gave the Cavaliers their biggest lead of the half.

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They steadily pulled away over the final 20 minutes. Ty Jerome added 12 points, while Devon Hall and Kyle guy had 11 apiece.

Tadric Jackson led Georgia Tech with 14 points. No one else was in double figures.

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Virginia: The Cavaliers held an opponent under 50 points for the eighth time this season. They came into the night allowing the fewest points of any Division I team, and actually improved on their 52.9 average.

Georgia Tech: Okogie, averaging 18.8 points per game, struggled to get open and finished with just nine points on 3-of-8 shooting. Big man Ben Lammers had an even tougher night, hitting just 1 of 5 shots and finishing with four points. It was an especially disappointing performance considering the Yellow Jackets drew their first sellout of the season at 8,600-seat McCamish Pavilion.

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George Washington tops George Mason in Revolutionary Rivalry

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George Washington tops George Mason in Revolutionary Rivalry

WASHINGTON, D.C.  -- Yuta Watanabe scored 19 points, Terry Nolan Jr. had 18 points, six steals and six assists and George Washington beat George Masson 80-68 Wednesday night in the Revolutionary Rivalry.

Nolan started the scoring with a 3-point play, Watanabe made back-to-back layups and George Washington (9-10, 2-4 Atlantic 10) began with an 11-2 run. The lead swelled to 22-10 before the Patriots reduced the deficit to 29-28 with a 3-pointer from Javon Greene with 4:20 left before halftime. Ian Boyd scored seven points during the 18-7 run. George Washington closed out the half with a 15-7 run and led 44-29 at the break.

Jaire Grayer and Greg Calixte made back-to-back jumpers and the Patriots closed to 56-48, Goanar Mar had a 3 to make 68-60, but the Colonials led by double figures most of the second half.

Bo Zeigler scored 18 and missed just 2 of 11 shot attempts and Jair Bolden scored 16 for George Washington.

Mar led George Mason (9-10, 3-3) with 17 points, Justin Kier 13, Grayer 11 and Boyd had 10. The Patriots fell to 0-9 against George Washington since joining the conference.