Fans cheer during the Mason Homecoming 2012 basketball game at the Patriot Center, Fairfax Campus. Photo by Alexis Glenn/Creative Services/George Mason University

Patriots Open the Season With a Narrow Victory

By Hogan LePore, Staff Writer

The Mason men’s basketball team started their 2017-2018 season on the right note, defeating Lafayette College on Friday, Nov. 10 at the EagleBank Arena.

The Patriots toppled the Leopards 67-65 in a close finish. Mason led by two at the half, and held on to win by two. Junior Jaire Grayer led the team in minutes (38), points (17), rebounds (nine) and blocks (three). Otis Livingston II, who scored 14 points for the Patriots, led the team in both assists (six) and steals (two).

As for the two young guards in the backcourt, Ian Boyd and Justin Kier played admirably. Boyd recorded ten points, four rebounds and three assists in his 30 minutes of game action. Kier had a personal best night – the sophomore logged career highs in both points (15) and steals (four) in Friday’s game against the Leopards.

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