Akeem Richmond hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift East Carolina over host Weber State 77-74 Tuesday night and capture the CollegeInsider.com tournament championship, capping one of the best seasons in Pirates history.
The Pirates trailed 71-65 with 2:50 remaining in Ogden, Utah, but closed on a 12-3 run.
Weber State (30-7) had a chance to pad its late lead but had trouble at the line, making 9-of-19 free throws overall.
Miguel Paul led East Carolina with 23 points and Maurice Kemp added 20 for the Pirates (23-12), who tied a school record for wins in a season set by the 1953-54 squad.
Scott Bamfort led Weber State with 19 points, and Frank Otis and Davion Berry had 16 apiece.
The loss was Weber State's first at home since Dec. 15, a 10-point setback to Brigham Young. The Wildcats entered Tuesday's game on a 14-game home winning streak.
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Kevin Foster led the Broncos with 28 points.
For George Mason (21-14), Jonathan Arledge logged 21 points and eight rebounds, Bryon Allen recorded 15 points and eight assists, while Patrick Holloway poured in 17 points off the bench.
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