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Houston defeated by George Mason in CBI

Mar. 26, 2013 @ 12:04 AM

FAIRFAX, Va. -- George Mason defeated Houston, 88-84, in overtime Monday in the College Basketball Invitational quarterfinals before a crowd of 2,044 in the Patriot Center.

The game matched teams that are leaving their conferences. George Mason (20-14) announced Monday it will leave the Colonial Athletic Association for the Atlantic 10 in July. Houston (20-13) played its final game as a Conference USA member before going to the league formerly known as the Big East.

Houston forward TaShawn Thomas put the game in overtime on a dunk with 10 seconds remaining.

George Mason was led by Sherrod Wright's 29 points. Thomas had 24 points and 17 rebounds for the Cougars while Joseph Young scored 21 and Danuel House added 13.

NIT

PROVIDENCE 77, ROBERT MORRIS 68: Vincent Council scored seven of his 12 points in the closing 5:21, including a key 3-point play off his only basket of the game, to lift Providence to a 77-68 win over Robert Morris in the second round of the NIT on Monday night.

LaDontae Henton led the Friars (19-14) with 21 points and Bryce Cotton had 20. Council added 10 assists and was 10 of 13 from the free-throw line despite shooting 1 of 9 from the floor.

Providence will face Baylor in the quarterfinals on Wednesday night.

Karvel Anderson had 18 points and Russell Johnson 16 for Robert Morris (24-11).

Council made a spinning off-balance basket, getting fouled on the play. He hit the free throw to give the Friars a 70-64 lead with 3 minutes left.

Robert Morris ousted defending NCAA champion Kentucky in the opening round.

BYU 90, MERCER 71: Brandon Davies had 26 points and 10 rebounds to lead BYU to a 90-71 victory over Mercer in the second round of the NIT on Monday night.

Tyler Haws added 24 points, and Matt Carlino had 18 points and nine assists for the Cougars (23-11).

Travis Smith scored 19 points for Mercer (24-12) and Langston Hall added 15. Smith and Hall combined to hit 8 of 10 shots from 3-point range.

BYU used an 11-3 run to open the game and took a 28-11 lead after Carlino hit the third of his five 3s. The Bears scored 10 straight to cut the margin to four but trailed 44-35 at the break.

A 3-pointer by Hall cut BYU's lead back to four early in the second half, but the Cougars put together a 15-3 spurt to lead 80-63.

BYU hit 22 of 29 free throws to Mercer's 8 of 14 from the line. The Cougars outrebounded the Bears 43-31.

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