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Govs end season with 66-60 loss to George Mason

A wild scramble for a loose ball led to a tiebreaking George Mason three-point basket as Austin Peay fell to the Patriots, 66-60, in National Invitational Tournament play March 19 in Fairfax, Va.

The loss ends the Govs season at 22-10.

With the game tied 57-57 with less than two minutes left, the Governors tipped a ball away in the backcourt. In the ensuing scramble, point guard Terry Reynolds recovered the loose ball and found Lamar Butler along the left wing. Butler knocked down his fifth three-pointer of the night, giving the Patriots the lead for good with 1:26 left. A wild scramble for a loose ball led to a tiebreaking George Mason three-point basket as Austin Peay fell to the Patriots, 66-60, in National Invitational Tournament play March 19 in Fairfax, Va.

The loss ends the Govs season at 22-10.

With the game tied 57-57 with less than two minutes left, the Governors tipped a ball away in the backcourt. In the ensuing scramble, point guard Terry Reynolds recovered the loose ball and found Lamar Butler along the left wing. Butler knocked down his fifth three-pointer of the night, giving the Patriots the lead for good with 1:26 left.

The Govs outshot George Mason 45.1 percent to 41.8 percent, but 19 turnovers, several unforced, led to the Governors' undoing.

The Govs' four-year senior class of Adrian Henning, who scored 20 against GMU, Josh Lewis and Rhet Wierzba, were the most successful senior class in history, being a part of 81 victories. In fact, the Govs' 45 wins over the last two seasons are the most ever combined in consecutive seasons.

In the first-round game of the NIT, Austin Peay defeated the Belmont Bruins, 65-59, in Dave Aaron Arena. It was the Govs 29th straight home victory, the nation's second longest home victory streak, as they pushed their overall mark to 22-9. It was Austin Peay's first post-season victory since 1987 when the Governors defeated Illinois in first-round NCAA Regional play.
—Brad Kirtley