Georgia St. 61, George Mason 57

Jihad Ali scored 22 points to lead Georgia State to a 61-57

victory over George Mason on Wednesday night, breaking the

Panthers’ three-game losing streak.

Ali’s second 3-pointer in 4 minutes gave Georgia State (10-14,

4-8 Colonial Athletic Association) a 58-57 lead with 48 seconds

left and the Panthers sealed the game at the free throw line.

George Mason (15-8, 10-2) didn’t score after Mike Morrison’s

layup gave the Patriots a 57-53 lead with 2:52 to play to snap a

seven-game winning streak. They went 0-for-5 from the field in the

final 2:08.

Georgia State’s Joe Dukes hit two free throws with 2:37 left to

cut the deficit to 57-55.

Ali was 9-for-13 from the field and hit both of his 3-pointers

in the final 4:28. Dukes finished with 10 points and 10

assists.

Ryan Pearson led George Mason with 13 points and eight rebounds

and Luke Hancock added 10 points.