Maryland and George Mason will meet in the 18th BB&T Classic this upcoming season. George Mason athletic director Tom O'Connor confirmed the men's basketball matchup with CSNwashington. The game is scheduled for December 2 at the Verizon Center.Anannual participantin the BB&T, Maryland previously played George Mason in 2004 with the Terps winning 78-54. This will be George Mason's fourth appearance, the last coming in 2007.Last season in the first appearance with new coach Mark Turgeon, Maryland defeated Notre Dame.O'Connor released a message to supporters of the program this week, providing updates on the Colonial Athletic Association, conference realignment and notable games on the upcoming non-conference schedule. In addition to Maryland, George Mason will face Virginia, Richmond, Bucknell and Northern Iowa. The Patriots will also be among eight teams including Connecticut and Wake Forest participating in the Paradise Jam. "We have a strategy in place that is designed to continue the elevation of our athletics program, and in particular our mens basketball program," O'Connor said in a portion of the statement. "One of our main focuses going forward is the strengthening of our non-conference schedule in mens basketball. We appreciate and understand the value of creating the right balance of strength and wins during the non-conference portion of the schedule so that we put ourselves in the best possible position for an at-large berth to the tournament."In fact, this coming season we will be playing games against Maryland, Virginia, Richmond, Bucknell, and Northern Iowa, and will participate in the Paradise Jam. This is the type of non-conference schedule Coach Hewitt and I want us to play because this is ultimately what provides non-BCS teams with at-large consideration."
BLACKSBURG, Va. – Seth Allen's 3-pointer with 3.8 seconds left to play carried Virginia Tech to a 71-70 victory over Clemson on Tuesday night.
Zach LeDay scored 19 points for the Hokies (19-8, 8-7 Atlantic Coast Conference), who also beat the Tigers by a point on Jan. 22. Virginia Tech won for the third time in four games and moved to 14-1 at home this season.
The loss was the latest in series of excruciating defeats for the Tigers (14-13, 4-11), who dropped their fifth game in their past six outings. Clemson is now 3-10 in games decided by six points or less.
Clemson's Marcquise Reed hit a baseline jumper with 21.6 seconds remaining to give the Tigers a 70-68 lead. Out of a timeout, Allen missed a layup with 10 seconds left, and LeDay got the rebound, but the ball was knocked out of his hands and went out of bounds off Clemson.
Virginia Tech then worked the ball to Allen, who buried a 3-pointer from the top of the key. Allen finished with eight points.
Reed led the Tigers with 18 points.
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Bruce Brown made a 3-pointer with 23.8 seconds left in overtime, and Miami beat No. 18 Virginia 54-48 on Monday night for the Cavaliers fourth straight loss.
Brown scored 14 points to lead the Hurricanes (19-8, 9-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) to their third consecutive victory. Kamari Murphy and Dejan Vasiljevic added 10 points each.
Devon Hall scored 15 points to lead Virginia (18-9, 8-7), which last lost four straight in 2009-10, Tony Bennett's first season as coach. Isaiah Wilkins added 10 points and 10 rebounds, including two free throws with four seconds left in regulation to tie it.
Miami thought it had won when Davon Reed hit a 3-pointer at the end of the second half, but a video review was used to determine he released the ball just after the buzzer.
A putback by Marial Shayok with 39 seconds left gave the Cavaliers a 48-47 lead, but Brown made his only 3-pointer of the game on the Hurricanes' ensuing possession, and Miami sealed it at the free-throw line.
Both teams shot under 40 percent, with Virginia at just 31.4 percent, and it wasn't until Hall made a pair of free throws with 3:38 left in the second half that either team broke the 40-point mark. However, the Cavaliers were then scoreless until Wilkins made 1-of-1 on a trip to the line with just five seconds left in regulation.
CSN Mid-Atlantic contributed to this report.
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