WASHINGTON, D.C. – The George Mason men’s basketball team cut it to seven early in the second half, but Oklahoma pulled away to take the decision 81-66 in the BB&T Classic Sunday afternoon. Bryon Allen led Mason with 15 points in the Verizon Center.
Mason (5-4) came out in the second half and cut it to seven points, 38-31, as the Sooners (8-1) were 0-for-6 from the field to start the period. OU answered with a 13-4 run to pull away 53-35 at the 12:04 mark. Mason cut it back to 12, 55-43, with triples from Patrick Holloway and Corey Edwards, but the spurt was answered as OU took a 20-point lead with 7:44 to play.
Trailing by 17 with just over three minutes to play, Vaughn Gray connected on a trey to spark a 7-0 Mason run as the Patriots cut it back to 10 points, 75-65, with 2:24 left in the game. Jordan Woodard hit a layup and Oklahoma’s only three-pointer in the ballgame to close the game with the 81-66 decision.
In the second half, Mason forced 11 Sooner turnovers, converting the mishaps into 16 points, but were outscored in the paint, 24-10, as OU shot 51.9 percent from the field in the final period. Allen led Mason with nine points in the second half.
The Patriots kept it a close contest in the first half as the Sooners opened with a 6-0 run but the Patriots cut it back to three points twice before OU took a double-digit lead on a Buddy Hield layup at 11:22. Allen hit a triple to follow, but the Sooners would reopen a double-digit lead the remainder of the period for a 38-28 halftime advantage.
Mason forced 18 Oklahoma turnovers in the contest, converting for 19 points, but was outrebounded, 51-29 and outscored in the paint, 50-20. Allen led Mason with 15 points, while Marko Gujanicic, Holloway and Jalen Jenkins each chipped in eight points as Mason’s bench outscored the Sooners 27-11. Mason shot 30.2 percent from the field to Oklahoma’s 48.3 percent effort.
After Mason returns from the exam break, the Patriots travel to the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii. Mason opens the tournament taking on nationally-ranked Iowa State on December 22.