NEW YORK (AP) AJ Wilson scored a career-high 24 points as George Mason beat Saint Joseph's 77-70 to open the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament on Wednesday.
No. 12 seed George Mason will face fifth-seeded St. Bonaventure on Thursday. The Patriots will be looking to snap a three-game losing streak in the series, including a 68-57 defeat in the quarterfinals last season.
George Mason led by 14 points with 2:52 remaining in the game until Saint Joseph's made three 3-pointers on its next five possessions to get within 68-64 with just over a minute to go. But Javon Greene made six free throws in the final minute as George Mason went 9 of 12 to seal it.