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.
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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