FAIRFAX, VA (WWBT) - Melvin Johnson set the VCU program record for most career three-pointers on Wednesday night, but the Rams were sent to a 76-69 upset loss at George Mason. Johnson scored a game-high 24 points and played all 40 minutes.
VCU held an eight point lead in the first half, but the Patriots clawed back to tied it on Jaire Grayer's three pointer and took a 35-30 lead into halftime.
The second half saw the Rams playing catch up for most of the frame, tying the game or taking one or two point leads on a few occasions, but mostly chasing the heavy underdog Patriots. Jordan Burgess would score to give the Rams a 60-58 lead with 4:50 remaining in the game, but Mason responded with a 7-0 run of its own to slam the door.
Johnson's record-setting day was overshadowed by the loss. The senior scored four three-pointers on the night, putting his career total at 273 and passing B.A. Walker for the all-time mark. Johnson also dished out four assists.
Korey Billbury chipped in 13 points as the only other Ram in double figures. JeQuan Lewis struggled, playing only 17 minutes due to foul trouble and scoring just three points. He fouled out of the game. VCU shot 36 percent from the floor.
Meanwhile, George Mason shot 50 percent and put four men in double figures in scoring, led by Shevon Thompson's 17 points. Thompson added 12 rebounds to go along with them.
VCU falls to 20-8, 12-3 in the Atlantic 10, and once again finds itself in a three-way tie for the league's top spot. The Rams visit George Washington on Saturday, looking to avoid the season sweep to the Colonials.