Livingston snapped a tie with six consecutive points to give the Patriots (9-9, 3-2 Atlantic 10) an 83-77 lead with a minute to go. Davell Roby responded with a 3-pointer and the Billikens (8-10, 1-4) used their pressure to get a turnover but Saint Louis missed three final 3-point attempts.
Greg Calixte added 11 points for George Mason, which shot 54 percent and made 9 of 20 from behind the arc. Livingston was averaging 26 points over his three previous games and hit that mark while dishing seven assists.
Saint Louis led 39-38 at halftime.
North Carolina is putting it all together and the Tar Heels can largely thank their leader, Joel Berry II, for that.
Eleven SEC teams are within striking distance of the tournament, so what's the problem? They're building their résumés and metrics by beating each other, so the committee might value the league differently when selecting the field.
Over the past decade, the Wildcats have become college basketball's most consistent winner. It started with Jay Wright's cultural rebuild and a whole lot of attitude.