George Mason needed every second on the clock to beat Villanova in a second round game of the NCAA tournament earlier today. Down by one with 19.8 seconds to go, Luke Hancock hit a stepback 3-pointer to put George Mason on top by two points. After surviving a wild flurry by Villanova in the closing seconds, George Mason grabbed the rebound and Mike Morrison threw down a two handed dunk to seal the victory and put George Mason through to the second round.
George Mason trailed most of the game and was actually down six points with less than four minutes to go. But a slew of Villanova miscues coupled with the Wildcats’ poor shooting allowed George Mason to get back into the game and eventually pull out the victory. Villanova was only able to score three points in the last couple minutes and missed several free throws as well that led to their demise.
George Mason will advance to the next round and play the winner of the Ohio State/Texas-San Antonio matchup, which will more than likely be Ohio State. That game will take place on Sunday afternoon in Cleveland Ohio.