George Mason Nips South Carolina, 69-68
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) -- Will Thomas had 22 points and 11 rebounds as George Mason beat South Carolina 69-68 in the third-place game of the Old Spice Classic on Sunday. Zam Fredrick had a chance to win the game for South Carolina (3-3), but he mishandled the ball with two seconds left. Cam Long stole it near the top of the key and ran out the clock. John Vaughan scored 14 points, while Louis Birdsong and Long each had 13 off the bench for George Mason (5-1). The Patriots avoided back-to-back losses for the first time since early February. Fredrick scored 24 points and Devan Downey had 14 for the Gamecocks. South Carolina scored a dozen unanswered points en route to a 14-2 lead, hitting 86 percent from the floor. George Mason missed its first 12 shots before Thomas scored from underneath six and a half minutes in. By intermission, he had 13 points to trim the deficit to 38-33. Thomas put the Patriots ahead for the first time at 45-43 in the second half.
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