Rebels' Streak Ends With Tough 71-70 Loss To George Mason

Dec 1, 2001

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OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - Jon Larranaga's layup with 12 seconds left gave George Mason a 71-70 win over Mississippi, snapping the nation's second-longest winning streak against non-conference competition at 44.

Larranaga's game-winner capped a comeback by the Patriots, who trailed Ole Miss 70-63 with 2:12 remaining. George Mason, with two NCAA Tournament appearances in the past three years from the Colonial Athletic Association, improved to 4-1. Mississippi fell to 4-2.

The Rebels had not lost to a non-conference opponent at home since a loss to Davidson in November of 1995.

"We were very aware of the homecourt dominance of Mississippi and we knew it would be difficult to do what we did," George Mason coach Jim Larranaga said. "We view Ole Miss as a Top 20 team, especially in this place and to win here is a great accomplishment."

Jon Larranaga, the coach's son, dribbled the length of the floor, beating the Mississippi press, to score the decisive layup.

"I thought they were going to throw fullcourt pressure at us and they did. That gave me room to drive to the basket," Larranaga said. "There was no one near me. I took the shot and it went in."

Rob Anderson scored 23 and Larranaga scored 22 to lead the Patriots. David Sanders led Ole Miss with 17. Aaron Harper had 14.

"It's disappointing, naturally, to see the streak come to an end," Mississippi coach Rod Barnes said. "It's especially disappointing because we had the lead and opportunities to put distance between us."

 

 

Ole Miss led for the majority of the game, including 33-32 at halftime.

Two seasons ago, George Mason almost defeated Maryland, which owns the nation's longest homecourt winning streak against non-conference opposition at 80.

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