George Mason guard Marquise Moore (22) loses the ball on the floor as Saint Louis guard Marcus Bartley (0), guard Davell Roby (5), and forward Brett Jolly (14) react during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Atlantic 10 men's tournam
Kathy Willens
March 09, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) Marcus Bartley scored a career-high 24 points and Saint Louis beat George Mason 83-78 in the opener of the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament on Wednesday night.

The 13th-seeded Billikens (11-20) snapped a four-game losing streak and will play fifth-seeded George Washington on Thursday at Barclays Center. Davell Roby added 18 points for Saint Louis.

Marquise Moore scored 17 points for 12th-seeded George Mason (11-21), which has been knocked out during the first day of the A-10 tournament in each of its three seasons in the conference.

The Patriots pulled within 63-62 on a 3 by Otis Livingston with 6:13 left in the second half. But that was as close as George Mason would get. Roby made a 3 with 5:06 remaining to make it 68-63.

Bartley, a sophomore who was averaging 3.1 points, scored 14 in the first half, with a career-best four 3-pointers. He finished 7 of 8 from 3-point range.

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