Saint Joseph's junior Sarah Veilleux scored a team-high 24 points, but the Hawks couldn't complete a fourth quarter comeback as they fell to George Mason, 65-57, on Sunday at Hagan Arena.

Leading by as many as eight in the first half, Saint Joseph's found itself down 37-31 midway through the third quarter as the Patriots opened the period on a 15-2 run.

The Hawks (10-12, 5-5 Atlantic 10) battled back to make it 41-40 on a layup by Amanda Fioravanti with 59 seconds to go in the quarter.

George Mason (18-6, 7-3 A-10) responded with six-straight points, taking a 47-40 lead on a pair of free throws by Natalie Butler.

Saint Joseph's answered with a 9-3 spurt as a layup by Jaryn Garner brought her team to within 50-49 with 6:15 to play. 

That would be as close as the Hawks would get though as the Patriots scored 11-straight points and allowed SJU to come no closer than the final score.

For the game, SJU shot 34.9 percent from the floor (22-of-63), 25.7 percent from three-point range (7-of-27) and hit 6-of-6 from the foul line.

Veilleux added three rebounds and two steals, while Fioravanti finished with a game-high five assists to go with 14 points and eight rebounds.

At the other end, Butler led George Mason with a game-high 27 points and 16 rebounds as the Patriots shot 37.3 percent overall (22-of-59), 7.1 percent from behind the arc (1-of-14) and hit 20-of-28 from the foul line for 71.4 percent.

The Hawks are back in action on Wednesday as they host Rhode Island at 7 p.m.

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