The George Mason Patriots upset bid over the South Florida Bulls came up short, as they fell 61-57 on Saturday night. Guard Sherrod Wright led the Patriots in scoring with 24 points, but it was not enough to lead them to victory.
Outside of Wright, the George Mason offense struggled mightily. The Patriots shot just 36.7 percent from the field, and an even worse 2-of-15 from beyond the three-point line. Wright was also the only George Mason player to score in double-digits.
George Mason's defense held South Florida in check for most of the game, but they allowed the Bulls to make 7-of-17 three-point shots, which was the difference in the game.
The start of the second half is when the game got away from George Mason, as South Florida went on a 10-0 run within the first five minutes to build a 10-point lead. That cushion allowed South Florida to stay ahead the rest of the way.
George Mason chipped away and did make it a two-point game with 33 seconds left, but South Florida was able to make all six of their free throw attempts to hold off the Patriots comeback attempt.