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Top 25 basketball: UMass rallies past George Mason

Published January 15, 2014 9:35 pm

Top 25 basketball • Minutemen pull off sixth straight victory.
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Chaz Williams had 26 points and eight assists, Derrick Gordon made a go-ahead layup with 8 seconds remaining and No. 16 Massachusetts beat George Mason 88-87 on Wednesday night.

The Minutemen (15-1, 3-0 Atlantic 10) rallied from eight points down in the second half to win their sixth straight.

Sherrod Wright scored 26 points, Bryon Allen had 21 and Jalen Jenkins added 16 points and nine rebounds to lead the Patriots (7-10, 0-3), who lost for the eighth time in 10 games. George Mason was seeking its first win over a ranked opponent in over six years.

Williams, who entered the game second in the country in assists at 7.5 per game, shot 11 for 17 from the field — including a layup to draw the Minutemen to 87-86 with 18 seconds remaining. Williams' basket came after the first of two costly late turnovers by Wright.

The second turnover by Wright, on a steal in the backcourt by Williams, led to Gordon's game-winner off a missed layup by Williams.

Texas Tech 82, No. 12 Baylor 72 • At Lubbock, Texas, Jaye Crockett had 19 points, Toddrick Gotcher added 17 and Texas Tech beat Baylor for its first Big 12 win of the season.

Dejan Kravic and Robert Turner scored 14 apiece for the Red Raiders (9-8, 1-3), who ended a four-game slide against Baylor in Lubbock. —

Wednesday's scores

• No. 4 Michigan St. 54,Northwestern 40

• No. 9 Oklahoma St. 82,TCU 50

• No. 10 San Diego St. 40, Fresno State 39

• Texas Tech 82, No. 12 Baylor 72

• No. 16 UMass 88,George Mason 87

• No. 24 Saint Louis 66,St. Bonaventure 60