Road win

Northern Iowa beats George Mason 82-77 in OT

2012-12-08T21:00:00Z 2012-12-09T06:48:25Z Northern Iowa beats George Mason 82-77 in OT Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier
December 08, 2012 9:00 pm

FAIRFAX, VA. — After the University of Northern Iowa men’s basketball team’s early 10-0 lead on George Mason Saturday night, neither team led by more than six points for the final 35 minutes of play as the Panthers pulled out an 82-77 victory in overtime.

Seth Tuttle went 6 of 6 from the free-throw line as UNI (6-3) outscored the Patriots (6-4) 6-2 in the final 22 seconds.

“I really like the way the guys stuck with it. It went back and forth quite a few times the last few minutes; there were a couple opportunities to win or extend the lead and it didn’t happen. The guys stayed with it,” said head coach Ben Jacobson. “It says a lot about this team and the leadership to be able to do that.

“This is an important win at this point in the season.”

Marc Sonnen hit seven 3-pointers — one off the UNI school record — to lead the Panthers with 21 points.

“Tonight he was looking hard at the basket, and he should be. He’s well prepared and very confident,” said Jacobson about his senior. “He knows Deon (Mitchell) and (Anthony James), when those two get into the paint, they’re panning out to the 3-point line.”

Mitchell had five assists from his point guard position while Anthony James came up with a season-high 19 points and Tuttle scored 18. The UNI win snapped a 14-game home winning streak at George Mason’s Patriot Center.

The score stayed knotted at 69-69 for the final 1:19 of regulation. George Mason’s final possession resulted in a shot-clock violation while James took the remaining 3.9 seconds to drive the length of the court only to see his twisting flip lay-up bounce off the glass and slowly roll off the rim.

James hit a 3-pointer on UNI’s second possession of overtime to break the tie and George Mason never climbed back to even.

The Panthers are now 2-0 in overtime games this year — they beat Toledo in OT in the second game of the year — and also used experience from three hard-fought games that resulted in three losses at the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament last month.

“With the practice we’ve had since that trip (to the Bahamas), we’ve been improving pace of the offense and also made a commitment to longer stretches of good play,” said Jacobson. “That’s hard to do and you don’t always have complete control. There wasn’t a lot of times when George Mason was playing a lot better for extended runs, for 4-5 minute stretches.”

UNI Mn FG-A FT-A Rb As PF TP

Tuttle 36 3-6 12-14 5 3 2 18

Koch 33 0-4 3-4 4 1 3 3

Mitchell 27 2-5 2-4 2 5 1 6

Sonnen 38 7-14 0-0 2 1 3 21

James 38 6-13 6-8 4 0 2 19

Rank 9 0-2 0-0 3 1 1 0

Bohannon 25 3-4 0-0 2 2 1 9

Buss 12 3-5 0-0 2 1 3 6

Martino 7 0-0 0-0 1 0 2 0

Team 2

Totals 225 24-53 23-30 27 14 18 82

G. Mason Mn FG-A FT-A Rb As PF TP

Williams 31 2-5 3-5 1 1 5 7

Copes 15 1-3 4-6 5 0 5 6

Okoloji 26 2-4 0-0 7 0 2 6

Wright 38 7-10 4-4 5 1 3 20

Edwards 23 3-4 1-1 3 3 3 8

Allen 21 5-8 3-3 4 3 2 13

Holloway 18 2-5 0-0 0 0 0 5

Arledge 12 2-5 0-0 3 2 0 4

Vaughns 12 1-5 0-0 0 0 0 2

Gujanicic 29 2-7 2-2 1 1 3 6

Team 5

Totals 225 27-56 17-21 34 11 23 77

Northern Iowa 35 34 13 – 82

George Mason 31 38 8 – 77

3-point goals – UNI 11-26 (Sonnen 7-10, Bohannon 3-4, James 1-3, Tuttle 0-1, Buss 0-1, Rank 0-2, Koch 0-4); GMU 6-14 (Wright 2-2, Okoloji 2-4, Edwards 1-1, Holloway 1-3, Allen 0-1, Gujanicic 0-3). Turnovers – UNI 15, GMU 17. Steals – 9 (Tuttle 3, Sonnen 2, James 2, Koch 1, Mitchell 1); Blocks – UNI 2 (Koch 2); GMU 2 (Arledge 1, Gujanicic 1).

Officials – Daily, Heimerman, Ferrie. Att. – 6,487.

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) --- Marc Sonnen connected on seven 3-pointers and had 21 points to lead Northern Iowa to an 82-77 overtime victory over George Mason, snapping Patriots' 14-game home winning streak.

Anthony James scored five of his 19 points in overtime and Seth Tuttle hit six straight free throws in the game's final 22 seconds to seal the victory for the Panthers (6-3).

Tuttle finished with 18 points, going 12-for-14 from the foul line.

George Mason (6-4) got 20 points from Sherrod Wright, but was undone by some costly miscues and inconsistent play from point guards Bryon Allen and Corey Edwards. They combined for 21 points but also had eight turnovers between them.

George Mason trailed 80-77 before Allen committed a turnover with three seconds remaining in overtime. The Patriots' Johnny Williams was forced to immediately foul Tuttle, who hit his final two free throws to provide the final margin.

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  1. NateSandstrom
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    NateSandstrom - December 09, 2012 11:04 am
    Deon Mitchell didn't play perhaps the last two minutes at least of regulation or at all in OT. He wasn't even active in huddle on time outs. Any clue if he was hurt or if that was simply a coach's decision?
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