George Mason 92, Rhode Island 90

Ryan Pearson scored 28 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, and Paul

Hewitt won his debut game as George Mason’s head coach in a 92-90

victory in overtime against Rhode Island on Friday night in the

season opener for both teams.

George Mason survived 38 points scored by Rhode Island’s Jamal

Wilson.

Sherrod Wright and Vertrail Vaughns each scored 17 point for the

Patriots, who won their 15th consecutive home game.

Wilson scored 29 points in the second half and overtime, sinking

9 of 13 shots over the final 25 minutes. Mike Powell scored 13

points and Jonathan Horton finished with 10 points and 14 rebounds

for the Rams.

Hewitt, the former Georgia Tech coach, saw his team take an

86-81 on Pearson’s three-point play with 3:50 remaining. The Rams

scored a quick six straight points, but Pearson’s basket with 2:45

remaining put the Patriots ahead for good at 89-88.