The Washington Times - March 20, 2011, 09:11PM

CLEVELAND —- George Mason guard Luke Hancock helped the Patriots reach the NCAA tournament round of 32 with his go-ahead 3-pointer on Friday.

He didn’t get the chance to help his team get any further.


Hancock was ill and sat out his first game of the season on Sunday as the Patriots (27-7) fell to top-seeded Ohio State 98-66.

Coach Jim Larranaga said Hancock threw up for much of last night and sought out Mason’s athletic trainer around 8 a.m.

“We have two doctors with us, so they addressed the situation and tried to calm his stomach down, but he couldn’t hold anything down,” Larranaga said. “And eventually, they put him on IV fluids to see if he would respond to that, and he never did. Whatever he ate or whatever made him sick, it was with him the whole day.”

Hancock averaged 10.9 points and 4.2 rebounds for the Patriots.

Hancock did not initially join the Patriots at Quicken Loans Arena, though he did arrive late. However, he never made it to Mason’s bench.

“He was in bed all day,” Larranaga said. “He did get to the arena. As soon as he did, he got very dizzy. They laid him down in the training room.”

—- Patrick Stevens