Scores

Final OT

Georgia State 56

(7-22, 3-15 CAA)

George Mason 61

(23-6, 15-3 CAA)

    6:00 PM ET, March 4, 2006

    Richmond Coliseum, Richmond, Virginia

    1 2 OT T
    GAST 25 22 956
    GMU 27 20 1461

    Top Performers

    Georgia State: D. Dickerson 8 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Ast, 4 Blk

    George Mason: W. Thomas 19 Pts, 6 Reb, 3 Stl, 1 Blk

    George Mason 61, Georgia St 56 (OT)

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Sammy Hernandez scored five of his eight points in overtime, including the 3-pointer that gave George Mason the lead for good, and the Patriots beat Georgia State 61-56 in the Colonial Athletic Association quarterfinals Saturday.

    Hernandez' 3-pointer with 3:29 left in the extra period gave second-seeded George Mason a 52-49 lead, and they barely held on against the 10th-seeded Panthers (7-22).

    The Patriots (23-7), who got 19 points from Will Thomas and 12 points and 13 rebounds from Jai Lewis, will play Virginia Commonwealth or Hofstra in Sunday's semifinals.

    Georgia State, with former coach Lefty Driesell looking on from the stands, used an 11-1 run in the second half to take a 43-41 lead with 4:20 left, but needed two free throws by Herman Favors with 33 seconds to play in regulation to tie it at 47.

    After Rashad Chase made two free throws for the Panthers to begin the extra period, Hernandez made a layup and then a 3-pointer, giving George Mason the lead for good.

    The Panthers twice closed to within a point, but Tony Skinn and then Thomas answered with layups and the co-CAA champions held on to avoid an embarrassing defeat.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press

    SPONSORED HEADLINES

    Team Stat Comparison

     
    GAST
    GMU
    Points 56 61
    FG Made-Attempted 21-52 (.404) 19-46 (.413)
    3P Made-Attempted 6-17 (.353) 2-11 (.182)
    FT Made-Attempted 8-16 (.500) 21-37 (.568)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 30 (0/0) 18 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 9 5

    2005-06 Season

    DATEGAMELINKS
    Dec 2, 2005 GMU 81, @GAST 51Recap
    » Mar 4, 2006 @GMU 61, GAST 56Recap