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Final OT

FIU 79

(1-0, 0-0 away)

George Mason 76

(1-1, 1-0 home)

    Coverage: ESPN3

    9:30 PM ET, November 14, 2011

    Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, Virginia

    1 2 OT T
    FIU 36 30 1379
    GMU 32 34 1076

    Top Performers

    Florida International: D. Wright 23 Pts, 15 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    George Mason: R. Pearson 18 Pts, 10 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    FIU 79, George Mason 76

    Associated Press

    BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Phil Taylor scored five of his 14 points in overtime Monday night and Florida International beat George Mason 79-76 in the first round of the preseason NIT.

    The Panthers (1-0) will play Virginia Tech on Tuesday night for a chance to advance to Madison Square Garden. The Patriots (1-1) will face Monmouth, which lost 91-46 to the Hokies in the early game.

    DeJuan Wright led the Panthers with 23 points, including the basket that forced overtime with 19 seconds left in regulation, but he was fouled on the play and missed the free throw. Jeremy Allen added 20 for FIU, including a 3-pointer in overtime.

    Ryan Pearson led George Mason with 18 points and Vertrail Vaughns and Sherrod Wright each had 16.

    The Patriots erased a 53-45 in the second half and led 66-64 until Wright's basket re-tied it.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    FIU
    GMU
    Points 79 76
    FG Made-Attempted 28-65 (.431) 26-54 (.481)
    3P Made-Attempted 8-18 (.444) 7-16 (.438)
    FT Made-Attempted 15-18 (.833) 17-26 (.654)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 22 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 9 4

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