La Salle converted 15 George Mason turnovers into 17 points to pull out a 76-68 victory despite both Shevon Thompson and Jalen Jenkins posting double-doubles on Saturday. Otis Livingston II led Mason with a team-high 18 points.
-La Salle kept Mason out of the paint in the first half and used a 13-point effort from Jordan Price to carry a 37-29 lead into the halftime break. The Explorers outscored the Patriots in the paint 20-14 and converted 11 Mason miscues into 12 unanswered points in the first half.
-Mason led in the early going, reaching out to a four-point lead off an Otis Livingston II triple at 12:44. Cleon Roberts responded sparking a 17-7 LAS run as the Explorers pulled out with a 29-23 advantage with 5:44 to play in the first half.
-The Patriots cut it to four points, but La Salle would lead by as many as 11 points in the first half as Mason closed the period with Marquise Moore hitting the front end of a pair of free throws and Jalen Jenkins converting the offensive rebound at the buzzer for an eight-point Patriot deficit.
-Mason quickly came out of intermission, slicing the score to three points, but could never get closer and La Salle held strong. Mason would come within four a couple times, but the Explorers answered every basket.
-Mason started fouling with just under three minutes to play as La Salle finished 7-of-15 at the charity stripe. La Salle held its largest lead of 13 points with 40 seconds left before Jaire Grayer capped the game with a layup.
-Mason outrebounded the Explorers, 48-38, led by Thompson’s 15 boards. Jenkins added 11 rebounds to the board.
-The Patriots finished the game shooting 40.9 percent (27-66) from the field to La Salle’s 39.1 percent (25-64) effort. The Explorers however used a 41.7 percent effort in the second half to walk away with the win.
-Jordan Price led LAS with a team-best 24 points as three Explorers finished in double-figures. Cleon Roberts added 15, while Amar Stukes finished with 12 points. Tony Washington posted 11 rebounds and eight points.
-For the game, La Salle was 17-of-27 from the free throw line to Mason’s 8-of-17 effort.
NEXT ON THE COURT
-Mason visits Revolutionary Rivalry foe George Washington on Tuesday, March 1. Tip inside the Smith Center is slated for 8 p.m. on ASN.