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Allen helps George Mason upend Virginia 63-59

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Allen helps George Mason upend Virginia 63-59

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) Bryon Allen hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with just over a minute remaining, then sank two free throws to seal George Mason's 63-59 victory over Virginia on Friday.

Allen's 3-pointer just beat the shot block buzzer and gave the Patriots a 60-57 advantage with 1:02 remaining. The junior's foul shots with 2.1 seconds left ended the Cavaliers' 14-game winning streak in season openers and gave George Mason its first win in the series in eight tries.

``I didn't have a good look at all, I just tried to put it up there,'' Allen said of his go-ahead basket. ``Honestly, I'm just trying to get it up. It felt good, and once it got halfway there, I knew it was going in.''

The Patriots escaped with the victory despite missing 10 of 17 foul shots in the second half. Virginia knocked down seven 3-pointers, but George Mason used full-court defensive pressure and forced the Cavaliers' depleted backcourt into several key turnovers down the stretch.

It was the George Mason's first win over an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent since defeating North Carolina during their run to the Final Four in 2006.

``You look at the turnovers, and 12 to not an alarming number. (But) we had a number of turnovers in a row, and I thought that some of those were costly,'' said Virginia coach Tony Bennett, who started three freshmen. ``To come into this setting, the first experience for these guys, it was a great atmosphere. You try to grow from it.''

Both teams were missing multiple players.

Virginia played without four guards: Teven Jones - who sat out while serving a suspension for violating team rules, Jontel Evans, Malcolm Brogdon and walk-on Justin Miller, who missed the game with injuries.

George Mason was without forward Eric Copes and guard Vaughn Gray, who were serving the first game of a 3-game suspension for student-athlete conduct violations.

The Patriots managed to overcome a scoreless drought of 6 minutes, 56 seconds midway through the first half to take a 28-25 lead at halftime. Poor shooting by the Cavaliers - 33 percent in the first half and 40 percent for the game - enabled the Patriots to hang around and eventually take the lead at the half on a 3-pointer at the buzzer by Marko Gujanicic.

``We thought it was going to be this kind of game, and I'm very proud of how our guys hung in there,'' George Mason coach Paul Hewitt said. ``It's a great win for us.''

Sherrod Wright paced the Patriots with 15 points, while Allen added 13 and Johnny Williams had 11.

Joe Harris scored 19 points to lead Virginia.

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Max Scherzer reaches 300 strikeouts for the season

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Max Scherzer reaches 300 strikeouts for the season

Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer has become the 17th major league pitcher since 1900 to strike out at least 300 batters in a season.

Scherzer reached the milestone by getting Austin Dean of the Miami Marlins to whiff on an 85 mph slider for the second out of the seventh inning Tuesday night. That was Scherzer's 10th K of the game.

He has 10 strikeouts or more in a majors-high 18 of his 33 starts in 2018.

Scherzer entered Tuesday 17-7 with a and 2.57 ERA as he tries to earn a third consecutive NL Cy Young Award with Washington. He also won the AL honor in 2013 for the Detroit Tigers.

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2018 NFL Power Rankings: Through Week 3, some teams are known and others are still mysteries

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The sample size for the 2018 NFL season is still small, but three weeks is enough to start figuring out who's legitimate, who's legitimately bad and who's legitimately confusing.

The first group houses teams like the Rams and the Chiefs, even though the Chiefs defense apparently wants to watch Pat Mahomes just as much as the rest of us and therefore allows people to score on them repeatedly.

The second group, meanwhile, consists of dreadful groups like the Cardinals, Raiders and the Bills, even after Buffalo somehow took down the Vikings and Vegas all in one afternoon.

The last group, though, is the largest, because so many squads have flashed and crashed already through just three contests. 

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The Redskins, for example — are they a sneaky NFC contender or an up-and-down bunch destined for another mediocre record? 

Then there's the Chargers. The other Los Angeles franchise is without their scariest defender and has lost to two of the sport's elites. So is their 1-2 mark going to improve like you'd expect as they get healthier and face easier opponents?

This week's power rankings do their best to slot the powers at the top, the weaklings at the bottom and then deal with the in-betweeners. That's why you'll encounter some 2-1 outfits in the 20s and some 1-2 or 1-1-1 organizations around the top 10. 

Enough of the writing, however. Let's get to the list.

Click below for a fresh batch of NBCSportsWashington.com's power rankings.

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