George Mason 55, Rhode Island 52

Sherrod Wright scored 14 points and Erik Copes grabbed a

career-high 11 rebounds as George Mason blew a double-digit lead,

then held on to beat Rhode Island 55-52 Wednesday night.

The Patriots (5-2) led by as many as 16 and 35-22 at

halftime.

The Rams (1-6) pulled ahead 38-37 with 12:44 remaining, with

Xavier Munford scoring eight points in the 16-2 run, but their lead

lasted just 21 seconds.

The game was tied three more times before George Mason built a

five-point lead, capped by a Wright layup with 3:09 left.

Rhode Island got within two, at 54-52 with 2:10 left, but missed

its final three field goal attempts, including Nikola Malesevic’s

3-point try with 3 seconds remaining.

George Mason had a 50-31 rebounding advantage, and its 19

offensive boards resulted in 22 second-chance points.

Munford’s 24 points led the Rams, who made only 13 of 26 free

throw attempts.