FAIRFAX, Va. — Old Dominion guard Ambrose Mosley scored eight straight point in the final three minutes to rally the Monarchs past George Mason 75-69 on Wednesday night at the Patriot Center.
The victory was Old Dominion’s third straight and first at George Mason since an overtime decision during the 2006-07 season.
With the Monarchs trailing 62-60, Mosley buried a 3-pointer, hit two free throws and nailed another 3-pointer to give Old Dominion a 68-62 lead with under a minute left.
A 3-pointer by guard Patrick Holloway with 30 seconds left got George Mason to within three at 70-67, but the Patriots could get no closer.
Mosley finished with a team-high 21 points and made five of the Monarchs’ 11 3-pointers. Guard Trey Freeman added 15 points and forward Richard Ross had 13 points and 14 rebounds for Old Dominion (6-1), which won its third straight.
Guard Marquise Moore scored 22 points to lead the Patriots (2-5).
Old Dominion got off to a fast start largely because of red-hot guard Aaron Bacote, who picked up where he left off Saturday against VCU.
Bacote, who made all eight of his shots from the field on Saturday in the victory over the Rams, hit 11 in a row on Wednesday with two 3-pointers and a layup to highlight a 13-0 run and erase an early 6-2 deficit.
Bacote’s streak ended when a 3-point attempt rimmed out with 8:10 left.
The Patriots spent the majority of the half chipping away at the deficit and finally pulled even at 25 on forward Vaughn Gray’s 3-pointer with 4:55 left. But five straight points by Old Dominion guard Trey Freeman gave the Monarchs the edge again.
Old Dominion held on for a 36-32 lead at halftime.
Freeman scored 10 first-half points for the Monarchs, who had 11 second-chance points thanks to seven offensive rebounds, including five by forward Richard Ross.
Moore’s 10 points led the Patriots, who had 12 points off eight Old Dominion turnovers.
NOTES: George Mason forward Jalen Jenkins produced a victory — and national attention — Saturday with a 75-foot shot at the buzzer that stunned Charleston 64-63. The clip made ESPN “SportsCenter” Top 10 plays that night. … Old Dominion was going for a sweep of the three Atlantic 10 teams on its schedule after topping VCU and Richmond. All four teams are former members of the Colonial Athletic Association. … The game was a homecoming of sorts for Old Dominion forward Jonathan Arledge, who played three seasons at George Mason before transferring to spend his final year of eligibility with the Monarchs.
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