While the results keep being the same for the St. Louis University basketball team, now winner of 14 in a row, at least the way the Billikens get there is showing some variety.

SLU trailed almost the entire second half on Saturday against George Mason at Chaifetz Arena, got pummeled on the boards at GMU’s end and saw the Patriots shoot better than 50 percent from the field. Yet the 19th-ranked Billikens came out with a win, an 87-81 overtime victory that matched one school record and bettered another.

The 14-game winning streak equals the longest in school history, alongside the 1993-94 team and the 1958-59 team. SLU’s 20-2 record is the best ever for the program after 22 games. SLU also is 7-0 in Atlantic 10 Conference play, the team’s best league start since that 1959 team. As wins go, it wasn’t easy. But it was another.

“They fought, they competed, they stayed with things,” SLU coach Jim Crews said of his players, who trailed by seven points with 7:30 to go. “George Mason kept making big play after big play, but we did not deflate. They kept trying to do the next right thing, do the next right thing. The guys did a great job of sticking with it.”

Indeed, the second half was an exercise in SLU coming back, but not coming all the way back until the final minute. In what has become one of this team’s hallmarks, SLU held George Mason to just two points in the final four minutes of regulation, buying it the time necessary to tie the game on a 3-pointer by Rob Loe with 44 seconds left before pulling away in overtime, in which Loe had 10 of his career-high 23 points.

Dwayne Evans had 12 points and 10 rebounds, Jordair Jett had 18 points, Mike McCall had 15 and Austin McBroom had 14 as Crews relied on seven players for most of the game.

“We executed down the end,” Loe said. “That’s what helped us win. They’re a great team.”

George Mason might, in fact, be the biggest hard-luck team you’ll find. The Patriots are 7-14 overall, 0-7 in A-10 play, yet it would take no great rewriting of history for them to be 4-3 in the league, maybe even better. This was the second overtime loss in A-10 play for Mason and it lost another time by one point and another time by four points.

Mason beat back almost every SLU comeback attempt by getting an offensive rebound and scoring. It got 14 offensive rebounds, 12 in the second half, which it turned into 15 points.

“They ate us on the boards in the second half,” Crews said. “They were crushing us on the boards, but our guys did good.”

Added Loe: “That’s something we’ve got to tighten up in practice next week.’’

But SLU is showing how hard it is to beat.

A team that revolves around defense has shown again that it can score. A team that has been erratic at the foul line made 23 of 25 at the stripe. And SLU has shown a knack for rising to the occasion. Eight minutes into the second half, Jett had committed six turnovers. He had none in the ensuing 17 minutes. With seven minutes to go in regulation, Mason was shooting 60 percent from the field. The rest of the way, it shot 36 percent and missed eight of its final nine shot attempts in regulation.

Crews said successful teams have to be good and lucky, and SLU has both going now.

And then there was Loe, whose 3-point shooting has, by his own admission, been “up and down” this season. SLU had cut its deficit to 66-65, then had to endure a Mason possession that lasted more than a minute because of three offensive rebounds. Mason finally scored with 54 seconds left to take a three-point lead, the kind of thing Crews thought could be deflating. It wasn’t. Loe, who at the time was 0-for-two on 3-point tries in the game, got a wide-open look and hit one from straightaway with 44 seconds to go to tie the game.

“I think everyone on team (would be) confident to make that shot, even the walk-ons on bench,” Loe said. “Everyone grows up thinking they’re going to make a big shot like that. I think everyone wanted to be in the game so they could hit the shot.”