In a matchup of teams looking for their first win in Atlantic 10 play, George Mason and Rhode Island engaged in an affair that ended up going to overtime with the Rams winning 71-69. Early on the game has the look of anything but a thriller, with the visiting Patriots jumping out to a 12-point first half lead. However Rhode Island would cut that margin to four by the intermission, with guard Xavier Munford (28 points) leading the charge.
Ultimately two fouls would determine the outcome, with Rhode Island fouling Bryon Allen in the act of shooting with 2.2 seconds remaining while leading 69-66. Dan Hurley’s team attempted to give the foul in the backcourt but the call wasn’t made, and once the call was made Allen was into his heave from half-court.
But instead of a second extra session there was even more drama to be had.
After Allen made all three free throws Rhode Island’s Gilvydas Biruta was fouled on the catch of a long pass with seven tenths of a second remaining. Biruta, who finished the game with 17 points and ten rebounds, would make both free throws to provide the final margin. Sherrod Wright led three George Mason players in double figures with 12 points.
Virginia guard London Perrantes will miss Tuesday night’s game against Ohio State after having an appendectomy on Sunday (Nov. 29).
In a release from the school, it isn’t known if Perrantes will be able to play on Saturday against William & Mary.
The point guard was averaging 10 points, 5.3 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game this season. Without an experienced guard like Perrantes in the lineup, Virginia could see their better-looking offense slow down a bit. Malcolm Brogdon will probably carry more of the burden on offense and it will be interesting to see who head coach Tony Bennett asks to step up in place of Perrantes.
Purdue senior guard Rapheal Davis will likely miss his second consecutive game on Tuesday night as he recovers from a sprained MCL that he suffered in practice last week.
The Boilermakers travel to unbeaten Pitt tonight to play in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and Purdue associate SID Chris Forman said on Twitter that Davis is doubtful and couldn’t make it through practice the last few days.
While it will hurt Purdue to be without the reigning Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, Davis is apart of a pretty deep Purdue team that should still be very competitive without him. The senior also missed Purdue’s win over Lehigh on Saturday and it’s probably best to make sure he’s healthy for the Big Ten conference season as the Boilers have big aspirations.