FAIRFAX, Va. -- Sherrod Wright scored a game-high 23 points and George Mason edged Northern Iowa 76-70 on Saturday night.
George Mason (3-0) took a 51-48 lead at the 9:14 mark in the second half and never gave it up, but Northern Iowa (1-2) remained with the Patriots and closed the deficit to a single point on several occasions.
Patrick Holloway's 3-pointer with 2:09 left in the game extended the George Mason lead to 67-63, and the Patriots went 7 for 8 from the free throw line in the final 2 minutes of the game to preserve the win.
George Mason held a 36-25 rebounding advantage, including 13-7 with offensive rebounds.
Marko Gujanicic had 16 points and 10 rebounds. Holloway added 11 points for George Mason.