Maryland 81, George Mason 80
FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) _ Len Bias scored a career-high 33 points, including 17 in the second half, as No. 17 Maryland weathered a furious George Mason rally for an 81-80 victory in college basketball Tuesday night.
George Mason had a chance to win the game in the final seconds, but Tracy Ballard’s 15-foot jumper bounced off the rim as time expired. George Mason’s loss came in its first game at its new 10,000-seat Patriot Center.
Freshman guard Earl Moore, one of three Patriots with 13 points, keyed the second-half comeback as George Mason cut a 13-point deficit down to one. Mooree’s layup with 2:13 to go pulled George Mason within 79-78.
But Bias, who hit seven straight free throws at one point, sank a short jumper to make it 81-78. After Rob Rose hit a short bank shot, Bias missed a jumper from the corner as the 45-second clock expired with 12 seconds left in the game.
That gave George Mason a final chance, but Ballard missed his last shot.
Maryland upped its record to 2-0 and the Patriots fell to 1-1.
Forward Darrin Mosley led the Patriots with 19 points. Moore and and Vincent McQueen added 13 apiece. Moore hit all four of his field goal attempts and two foul shots as he directed the offense through the rally.
The Terrapins, who got little help from their frontline after Bias, survived 11 second-half turnovers and a total of 20 in the game. Guard Keith Gatlin finished with 12 points for the Terrapins, but hit only two baskets after the 13:15 mark of the first half.