FAIRFAX, Va. -- Justin Kier scored 22 points, including the go-ahead layup late in the second half, and George Mason slipped past Morgan State for an 86-79 win Friday night.
George Mason (6-7) trailed most of the game but stayed close, tying the score at 69 and then at 71-all before edging into its first lead of second half with Kier's layup to make it 73-71 with under 3:39 left.
Morgan State's LaPri McCray-Pace hit a jumper to knot the game again at 73 before Kier hit the bucket to put George Mason on top for good with under three minutes to play. Otis Livingson II quickly padded the advantage with a layup and the Patriots held on from there.
Watts is one of the most dynamic scoring guards in the country and looks to develop his game under coach Tom Izzo's tutelage.
Rocket Watts, the No. 27 overall prospect in the 2019 class, has committed to Michigan State.
UNC Wilmington will open its preseason basketball practices at North Carolina due to lingering effects of Hurricane Florence.
|North Carolina A&T||11-5||1||20-15|
|North Carolina Central||9-7||3||19-16|
|South Carolina St||6-10||6||10-22|