Men’s Basketball Almost Upsets Maryland in NCAA Tournament

Posted: March 16, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Evans scored 27 points and Erik Herring added 19 points as 14th-seeded George Mason gave third-seeded Maryland all they could handle before falling 83-80 in the first round of the National Collegiate Athletic Tournament yesterday. Senior Tremaine Price’s three-point try at the buzzer bounced off the rim.

Maryland came into the tournament as a favorite of many forecasters to reach the Final Four, but the team had to work to avert a first-round loss for the third time since 1996. While the schools are located 30 miles apart, they had to travel more than 2,000 miles to Boise, Idaho for the game.

The Patriots pulled to 81-80 when Herring completed a three-point play with 30.9 seconds remaining.

But Maryland gave George Mason another chance when Terrence Morris missed two free throws with 28.4 seconds remaining. Up to that point, Maryland had hit 22-of-23 from the line. But a pass to Evans bounced untouched through his legs and out of bounds, giving possession back to Maryland with six seconds on the clock. Byron Mouton was fouled on the inbounds play and made his two shots.

Evans, a 30-year-old Gulf War veteran who was recently selected the Colonial Athletic Association player of the year for a third time, had a great game for George Mason, scoring 27 points on 10-of-15 shooting.

Jesse Young had 12 points.

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