After Ben Hansbrough tied the game 5-5, George Mason jumped back on top with a jumper by Will Thomas.
George Mason then scored the next five points to make the score 16-14 at the 7:40 mark.
The Patriots then went on a 13-6 run that put them ahead 27-22 with 1:49 left in the half.
The Bulldogs pulled within 2 points with a jumper by Charles Rhodes with 4 seconds to play in the first half to make the score 28-26 at the end of the half.
Immediately after the second half began Jamont Gordon scored a two-pointer to tie the game 28-28.
Mason then scored seven of the next eight points to go up 35-29.
A four-point outburst by Jarvis Varnado got the Bulldogs within two, 35-33.
After the teams traded free throws, the Patriots went on a 7-3 run to go ahead by six, 44-38.
Over the course of the next five minutes, the Bulldogs roared back to outscore George Mason 14-4 to go ahead 52-48. Freshmen Jarvis Varnado, Barry Stewart and Ben Hansbrough scored 12 of the points for the 'Dogs.
But the lead wouldn't last long because Mason reeled off 8 of the next 10 points to jump back on top 56-54.
The Bulldogs went back on top, 59-58, with an offensive rebound and tipin by Charles Rhodes with 1:24 on the second half clock.
But that would be the last points Mississippi State would score. And the Patriots continued producing points by making five of six free throw attempts to win the game 63-59.
The Bulldogs were led in scoring by Charles Rhodes with 14 points. Barry Stewart was the only other Bulldog in double digits with 11 points.
The Patriots were led by Will Thomas with 22 points, followed by Folarin Campbell's 13 and 11 by Dre Smith.
The Patriots outshot the Bulldogs 43% to 36%, while the Bulldogs had the upper hand in rebounds 38 to 31.
Mississippi State continue their roadtrip by traveling to Columbia, MO to play the Missouri Tigers on January 2nd. They then close out the three-game road swing with a January 7th game at Knoxville, TN against the Tennessee Volunteers.
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