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Navy men’s basketball drops opener in overtime at George Mason

FAIRFAX, Va. –– Senior forward Evan Wieck scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds for Navy in a tough 68-55 overtime loss at George Mason on Tuesday night at EagleBank Arena.

Junior guard Cam Davis also scored 14 points and dished off four assists for the Midshipmen, who held a three-point lead in the final minute of regulation.

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Jamal Hartwell II drained a 3-pointer with 50 seconds remaining to tie the game at 52 and George Mason proceeded to outscore Navy 16-3 in the extra session to avoid dropping its home opener. The Eagles made four 3-pointers in overtime.

“Great effort by our squad,” Navy head coach Ed DeChellis asid. “I like the way we were resilient and had a chance to win the game. We just didn't make the play we needed to make to win it.”

Sophomore guard Greg Summers had a breakout game with 13 points and eight rebounds for Navy, which took a 22-20 lead into halftime. George Mason began the second half on a 17-2 run to seemingly take control, leading 37-24 with just over 14 minutes left on the clock.

Navy trailed by 11 points at the 10:50 mark when it suddenly found a rhythm, scoring 12 straight points to regain the lead 44-41 on a 3-pointer by junior forward Luke Loehr with 6:29 to go.

“Both teams didn't shoot the ball very well in the first half,” DeChellis said. “We tried to emphasize being better but give them credit in that they were better than us in the first four minutes of the second half. But then I found out a little about my team; we are pretty resilient and came fighting right back and had the lead.”

Wieck made a short jumper to give Navy a 52-49 lead with 1:11 left. That is when Hartwell answered with the three that tied the contest.

Navy worked the clock down before Davis drive down the lane and attempted a slightly off-balance shot that barely missed the mark. George Mason rebounded the ball with 27 seconds still to play, but Hartwell missed a contested 3-pointer at the buzzer.

“We had a shot at the rim with under a minute left," DeChellis said. “Cam had it, and it rolled out.”

“We didn't do a good job of guarding the ball in overtime, and we didn't rebound," DeChellis added. “For me, we didn't make the play we needed to make when we're at the end of regulation or when we were in overtime.”

Navy will open its home slate Friday when it hosts the Veterans Classic doubleheader. Auburn will meet Davidson in the 6 p.m. opener with Navy taking on East Carolina at 8:30 p.m.

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