George Mason 68

(2-1, 0-0 away)

(5) Villanova 69

(3-0, 2-0 home)

2:00 PM ET, November 19, 2009

Coliseo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1 2 T
GMU 37 3168
#5VILL 28 4169

Top Performers

George Mason: R. Pearson 14 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

Villanova: A. Pena 10 Pts, 12 Reb, 1 Stl

Armwood hits 3-pointer with 13.3 seconds left as Villanova prevents upset

Associated Press

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The first basket of Isaiah Armwood's college basketball career was a big one.

Fast Facts

• Isaiah Armwood hit the game-winning 3-pointer with 13.3 seconds left as the Wildcats survived to advance in Puerto Rico. It was Armwood's first shot attempt of the game and first career made field goal.

• Villanova won its 17th straight games against unranked non-conference teams and improved to 4-0 all-time against George Mason.

• The Wildcats outrebounded the Patriots 37-23, including 15-5 on the offensive boards.

• Corey Fisher was just 1 for 14 from the field but made a career-high 14-of-18 free throws to finish with 17 points.

• George Mason fell to 2-2 in their last four games against AP top 10 teams.

-- ESPN Stats & Information

The freshman hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 13.3 seconds left, rallying Villanova (No. 6 ESPN/USA Today, No. 5 AP) over George Mason 69-68 Thursday in the O'Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tip-Off.

"He was the last one I wanted to take the shot. I'll be honest," Villanova coach Jay Wright admitted.

The Wildcats (3-0) trailed by 13 points in the first half and were behind 68-66 with time ticking down.

Armwood hit his only shot, connecting from the top of the arc. He played just four minutes, coming off the bench after Antonio Pena and Taylor King both fouled out.

"It felt good when it left my hand. It felt even better after the game," Armwood said.

Wright, by the way, said Armwood now "definitely" has a green light to shoot away.

The Wildcats never led until late in the second half. They were down 67-63 in the final minute, then freshman Maalik Wayns hit a 3.

After Sherrod Wright made one of two free throws for George Mason, Armwood made his 3. The Patriots (2-1) did not get off another shot.

Scottie Reynolds scored 18 points despite relentless pressure from George Mason's guards, who contributed to his eight turnovers. He said he was eager to improve in the second round of the tournament Friday.

"I'm going to have to watch the film and I'll come back better tomorrow," he said.

Wright said he was surprised his team did not handle George Mason's intensity better.

"They had a great game plan, and they did a great job on our guards," he said. "We're going to take this one and learn from it."

Reynolds' jumper with seven minutes left gave Villanova its first lead. Ryan Pearson responded with a basket for the Patriots.

Pearson led the Patriots with 14 points and star guard Cam Long added 13 before leaving the game because of cramps. Andre Cornelius had 13.

Patriots coach Jim Larranaga, whose team led 37-28 at halftime, said he was happy with his team's effort.

"With such a young team, the one thing I can't do is be impatient with them," he said.

Corey Fisher went 14 for 18 from the foul line and finished with 17 points for Villanova. Pena had 10 points and 12 rebounds and King had eight points.

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Team Stat Comparison

Points 68 69
FG Made-Attempted 19-47 (.404) 19-53 (.358)
3P Made-Attempted 3-13 (.231) 8-25 (.320)
FT Made-Attempted 27-37 (.730) 23-39 (.590)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 28 (0/0) 26 (0/0)
Largest Lead 13 2

2009-10 Season

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