HONOLULU -- Saint Mary's College suffered its third straight defeat, all at the Diamond Head Classic, when George Mason rallied for a 65-63 victory over the Gaels Wednesday in the tournament's seventh-place game.

George Mason (6-6) trailed the entire game until Byron Allen hit a jumper with 2:42 remaining. Allen and Patrick Holloway each scored 15 points for the Patriots, while Johnny Williams had 14.

James Walker III and Stephen Holt scored 14 points apiece for the Gaels (9-3) and Brad Waldow scored 10 points.

Saint Mary's cut the deficit to one on two occasions in the final 14 seconds, the last on Walker's free throw with 7.7 seconds that made it 63-62.

Allen then made two free throws to give George Mason a 65-62 lead with 6.2 seconds remaining. Holt was then fouled at midcourt with 3.3 seconds, but only made of his two free throws. Okoloji was fouled, but missed both of his attempts. Waldow's full-court heave with 1 second remaining went off the backboard.

The Gaels next play on Monday when they visit the Uninversity of Pacific at 8 p.m. to open West Coast Conference play. It will be the first of five straight games without coach Randy Bennett, who is serving a suspension because of a recruiting violation. He will be eligible to return Jan. 11, when the Gaels host USF.



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