Nov. 19, 2011
BOCA RATON, FL - Pablo Bertone scored a career high 12 points and provided a couple of key plays in the Florida Atlantic men's basketball team's 80-75 overtime win against George Mason on Saturday night.
The first half was a back-and-forth affair that featured seven ties and eight lead changes. Raymond Taylor gave the Owls their largest of the half when he hit a three-pointer to make the score 24-19 with just over eight minutes left in the period. George Mason matched that margin with a Vertrail Vaughns triple just before the buzzer to put GMU ahead 35-30 at the half.
FAU quickly seized control in the second half, retaking the lead with an 8-0 run early in the second half. The lead reached a dozen, 57-45 with 5:47 left on the clock. The Patriots continued to fight and eventually tied the score at 62. Pablo Bertone then hit a go-ahead three-pointer, his second of the night, to put the Owls up 65-62 with less than a minute left on the clock. GMU scored on a layin to cut the lead to one, then fouled Alex Tucker to stop the clock.
Tucker split the pair and the Patriots scored on another layup to tie the score. Raymond Taylor had a look from outside the arc to win the game, but his shot bounced long and the two teams prepared for overtime. Kore White scored four of his 14 points to start overtime and give FAU a 70-66 lead. Vaughns made two free throws, then Bertone converted on a drive to make the score 72-68. GMU hit a three to cut the lead to one, then made a critical mistake.
After Corey Edwards stole the ball from Taylor, he called a timeout to maintain possession, resulting in a technical foul. Bertone made both technical free throws to put the lead back to three, 74-71. Vaughns split another trip to the line, but then Taylor hit his second three-pointer of the game and gave the Owls a 77-72 lead.
The Patriots scored and had an opportunity to pull even closer, but a Greg Gantt layup with 15 seconds left foiled any hopes of a last second comeback. Bertone and White were joined in double figures by Taylor (15), Gantt (11) and Grier (13).
FAU will travel to Long Island to take on Hofstra on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. The game will air on FiOS1 TV in New York and New Jersey and live audio will be available at www.fausports.com.