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K-State blows big lead, hangs on to beat George Mason 59-58

December 29, 2018 - 9:16 pm

Kansas State's Kamau Stokes scored 20 points, including a series of clutch 3-pointers after George Mason had mounted a charge, and the Wildcats held on for a shaky 59-58 victory Saturday night.

Xavier Sneed added 13 points and Barry Brown had 12 for Kansas State (10-2), which finished the first half on a 20-2 run and still led the Patriots by 20 with 12 1/2 minutes to go.

George Mason unleashed a 17-5 run of its own to get within 49-41, only to watch Stokes hit a pair of 3-pointers in response.

But the plucky underdogs kept coming, though, and got within 59-58 when Javon Greene converted a second-chance opportunity with 45 seconds left in the game.

Cartier Diarra's 3-pointer was halfway down before coming out at the other end, giving George Mason a chance to spring the upset.

Justin Kier's wild runner with 4 seconds left was no good and Kansas State pulled down the rebound, only for Brown to be called for a double-dribble.

The Patriots got the ball back with 1.2 seconds left, but their inbound pass was intercepted and Kansas State managed to survive for its fourth consecutive win.

The Wildcats' defense-fueled winning streak coincides with their loss of star forward Dean Wade. The preseason Big 12 player of the year, and arguably their top scorer, remained in a walking boot on Saturday after hurting his right foot in the Wildcats' win over Georgia State.

Kier led the Patriots with 15 points. Greene finished with 12.

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