Derrick Cook's layup with 2:26 to play had the Gamecocks within 60-58. But a Miller jumper pushed the lead to four and after a Jacksonville State miss the Patriots began hitting free throws.
George Mason's seven-point run while the Gamecocks were missing five straight shots produced a nine-point lead, the largest of the game.
De'Torrion Ware had 19 points and seven rebounds for the Gamecocks (2-5). Cook added 11 points, including a closing seconds layup, and six rebounds.
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