Late Surge Lifts Miami to 70-65 win over George Mason
RedHawks win their 11th straight home opener.
OXFORD, Ohio (AP) - Doug Davis hit a pair of free throws to put Miami ahead for good with 1:56 to play as the RedHawks rallied to beat George Mason 70-65 Monday night.
Alex Shorts had 22 points to lead Miami (1-1). Davis added 19 and Juby Johnson had 16 as the RedHawks won their 11th straight home opener.
"We played against a seasoned team tonight that has five players who have played in the NCAA Tournament," said Miami head coach Charlie Coles. "They're a veteran team, and they did a good job tonight. Jim (Larranaga) had his team ready to play. They did an excellent job of running their offense tonight, and it was very difficult for us to guard."
Rob Anderson had 12 first-half points as George Mason (1-1) never trailed en route to a 36-33 lead at halftime. Anderson and Darren Tarver finished with 20 points apiece.
Miami started the second half with a 7-4 run to pull even at 40. But a basket by Anderson and a pair of 3-pointers by Tarver put George Mason back in control with 15:46 left.
A layup by Bryan Reed got Miami even at 55 with 8:49 remaining. Both teams were scoreless for the next five minutes, then battled back and forth with six lead changes until Shorts made both free throws at 1:56 and Miami outscored George Mason 7-4 the rest of the way.
During that run, Shorts added a layup and a free throw, and Davis and Johnson each had a pair of free throws.
Shorts was 10-of-12 at the line, and Davis and Johnson were 4-for-4.