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George Mason stuns Manhattan on last-second shot

With a second left on the clock and the game seemingly over, George Mason’s Jalen Jenkins grabbed a rebound on Manhattan’s Shane Richard’s free throw miss, turned around and fired a 75-foot shot.

It hit nothing but net.

The improbable result gave the Patriots a 64-63 victory and capped off a remarkable comeback Saturday.

George Mason trailed by eight points with one minute, 14 seconds remaining, but went on an 11-4 run within the final 21 seconds to narrow the gap. Patrick Holloway kept the game within reach for the Patriots, hitting a pair of 3-pointers during that stretch.

Trailing 59-53 with under a minute to play, Holloway hit two free throws, followed by his two clutch 3-pointers, cutting the Jaspers’ lead to 62-61 with about three seconds left to play.

Following a quick foul, Richards made his first free throw to put Manhattan up 63-61 but missed his second attempt, which allowed Jenkins to heave his prayer down court.

Jenkins finished with a career-high 24 points while Richards led the Jaspers with 18 points.

Manhattan broke open multiple leads within the contest only to see the Patriots narrow the deficits. The Jaspers led by 10 points in the first half, but Jenkins led a 13-0 George Mason run to tie the game at 28-28 at halftime.

The Patriots moved to 2-4 while Manhattan fell to 1-4 on the season.

Dayton dominates UIC

Dayton continued its strong start to the season Saturday against Illinois Chicago (2-5) with a 75-41 victory.

The story of the game was the Flyers’ efficiency, both on the offensive and the defensive ends.

Dayton (4-1) limited the Flames to a 27.8 shooting percentage on the day (15-for-54 from the field), wreaking havoc on defense.

In contrast, the Flyers managed to connect on over 27 of its 52 shots Saturday for a 52 shooting percentage in addition to finishing 8-for-16 on 3-point attempts.

Jordan Siebert shined for Dayton, notching 22 points. Devon Scott added his first double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Closing the first half up 27-16, the Flyers opened the second half on a 24-4 run, effectively ending UIC’s comeback chances.

The lone bright spot for the Flames was Jake Wiegand, who chipped in 11 points against Dayton’s stiff defense.

VCU falls out of the AP top 25

For the first time this season, the Atlantic 10 Conference doesn’t have a single team ranked in the AP top 25.

Virginia Commonwealth, which entered the season ranked No. 14, dropped out of the rankings after a 73-67 loss to Old Dominion on Saturday. The Rams also fell to then-No.12 Villanova 77-53 on Nov. 24.

VCU, who still garnered 52 votes in the updated ranking, returns to action Tuesday night against Illinois State.

Chris Martinez can be reached at [email protected].




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