Billikens can’t hold halftime lead, fall 86-81 to George Mason

Davell Roby (pictured in a game last season) scored a career-high 27 points in SLU's loss to George Mason on Saturday.
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FAIRFAX, Va. — Otis Livingston II scored 26 points, Jaire Grayer had a career-high 25 and George Mason beat Saint Louis 86-81 on Saturday.

Livingston snapped a tie with six consecutive points to give the Patriots (9-9, 3-2 Atlantic 10) an 83-77 lead with a minute to go. Davell Roby responded with a 3-pointer and the Billikens (8-10, 1-4) used their pressure to get a turnover, but Saint Louis missed three final 3-point attempts.

Greg Calixte added 11 points for George Mason, which shot 54 percent and made 9 of 20 from behind the arc. Livingston was averaging 26 points over his three previous games and hit that mark while dishing seven assists.

Roby made six of the Billikens’ 11 3-pointers and scored a career-high 27 points. Javon Bess added 17 and Jordan Goodwin finished with nine points, nine rebounds and 11 assists.

Saint Louis led 39-38 at halftime.