- Associated Press - Saturday, February 1, 2014

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A career-high 30 points for George Mason’s Bryon Allen left him in no mood celebrate.

The Patriots forced No. 19 Saint Louis into overtime but lost 87-81. George Mason (7-14, 0-7), the newest member of the Atlantic 10 Conference, lost its eighth consecutive game..

“It doesn’t feel good enough,” Allen said. “We didn’t get the win so I can care less if it’s 30 or zero. It doesn’t matter. I just want to win and losing hurts. We’re all tired of losing so all we can is keep fighting.”

Patrick Holloway added 15 for George Mason.

It was the first meeting between the schools. Allen hit a 3-pointer and jump shot to give George Mason a 35-31 lead less than 3 minutes into the second half.

George Mason led by seven three times. The final time came with 7:32 to play after Allen hit a 3-pointer to make it 60-53.

But the Patriots were unable to fend off the Billikens (20-2, 7-0 A-10).

George Mason outrebounded the Billikens 22-13 in the second half.

“Anytime you lose it’s disappointing,” George Mason coach Paul Hewitt said. “To come on the road and play a team the quality like Saint Louis is the way we did, I’m very proud of our players. We gave ourselves a chance.”

With 4:12 to play, George Mason held a 66-61 lead. A foul led to two free throws by Saint Louis, who made 23 of 25 attempts in the game. The Patriots had just seven free-throw attempts, converting six.

A layup closed it to 66-65.

A tip-in by Erik Copes, who finished with 10 points, gave the Patriots a 3-point lead.

But Rob Loe hit a 3-pointer with 44 seconds left to tie it.

The Patriots’ Jalen Jenkins missed a jumper at the buzzer, sending the game into overtime.

“We’re going through a tough stretch right now,” Allen said. “We know we can play with anybody. This one hurts the most because we competed for 45 minutes.”

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