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Updated: Sunday, December 5, 2004 8:07 PM EST
NCAA BASKETBALL RECAP
(9) Michigan St 66, George Mason 60

WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- Alan Anderson and Paul Davis helped No. 9 Michigan State gain some consolation against George Mason.

Anderson and Davis, who each produced 12 points and seven rebounds, combined for six points during a crucial late run as the Spartans snapped a two-game losing streak with a 66-60 victory over George Mason in the BB&T Classic consolation game.

With Michigan State (4-2) clinging to a one-point lead with 4:59 remaining, the duo of Anderson and Davis led the Spartans on an 8-2 run. Davis' layup with 58 seconds left completed the spurt, giving Michigan State a 64-57 lead.

"It was a hard game to play for us," Spartans coach Tom Izzo said. "I think we had looked forward to hopefully getting a shot at Maryland in the championship game. When you come to a tournament like this as a ranked team, you don't want to play in the consolation game."

Anderson led all players with three offensive rebounds as Michigan State held a 39-22 advantage on the boards.

"We kind of put it on Alan to be there on the boards and he had a couple of big tip-ins," Izzo said.

Davis, who shot 6-of-7 from the floor, converted a layup to cap a 25-4 run with 3:53 left in the first half, giving the Spartans a 33-19 lead.

"We should've put them away early," Davis said. "I think we were up by 15. Against athletic, quick teams like this in a tournament like this, we have to put teams away when we get up on top. It was the story of last year and it's starting to come back."

Maurice Ager, who scored a season-high 22 points in a 96-83 loss to George Washington in Saturday's first round, scored 13 points for Michigan State.

Shannon Brown, who scored 10 points, converted all six free throws, including two with 22.3 seconds remaining to provide the Spartans' final margin.

Lamar Butler, who scored 19 points on 8-of-18 shooting, was responsible for 11 of George Mason's first 15 points in the second half but missed his final six shots.

The Patriots (3-3), who fell to No. 12 Maryland, 78-54, on Saturday, faced ranked opponents in back-to-back games for the first time in school history.

"The next time we probably play a team of that national caliber it would be in the NCAA Tournament," Patriots coach Jim Larranaga said. "That's our ultimate goal."

Jai Lewis scored 12 points and John Vaughan scored eight for George Mason, which suffered a 97-72 loss to Michigan State in the only previous meeting between the schools on December 28, 1990.

Vaughan hit a 3-pointer with 2.4 seconds left in the first half, capping an 11-2 run and bringing George Mason to within five points at 35-30. His layup brought the Patriots within one point at 56-55 with just under five minutes remaining.


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