George Mason is finally getting a dedicated basketball practice facility
Hot shooting Dayton blows past George Mason
Mason holds off late rally to win at Richmond
Mason loses hard fought battle in Revolutionary Rivalry

George Mason is finally getting a dedicated basketball practice facility

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It looks like George Mason basketball is finally getting a dedicated practice facility for its men’s and women’s teams. The university’s Board of Visitors is meeting next week to request the authorization for a 100% donor funded $15.5 million basketball facility to build on to the existing RAC. You can find the details here on pages 21-22 of BOV’s agenda for the February 11th meeting. If everything goes right this is a great recruiting tool for the program as Mason often has recruiting battles with schools who have bigger and better accommodations for their basketball teams. Facilities are all the rave in college sports these days and Mason needs this addition.

Hot shooting Dayton blows past George Mason

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In the post game interviews Dave Paulsen said this about Dayton, “They didn’t play like a team that was trying to defend a national ranking. They played like a team that was ticked off they weren’t ranked higher.” Well put coach. The Flyers, the best team in the Atlantic 10 this year and also one of the better ones in the nation, put on a on quite a show on offense last night. Without Marquise Moore, who didn’t recover from a late injury in the Richmond game, Mason struggled mightily to defend the perimeter. Dayton shot over 60% from the field and went 14-for-22 on three-pointers.

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The Patriots miserable start on defense didn’t improve as the game went on and their lack of depth didn’t make things any easier. On offense instead of trying to slow the game down and play their speed Mason ended up forcing a lot of bad shots. Otis Livingston had a great game on paper but was really trying to do too much on offense. Obviously you can’t blame him but the lack of supporting cast sticks out in games like this. He really missed his go to partner Marquise Moore in the back court. Turnovers were not an issue as it has been all season but they weren’t smart on a lot of possessions and that led to points the other way just the same. Jaire Grayer had a good start but cooled off while Shevon Thompson and Marko Gujanicic were mostly non-factors when the team needed them.

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Mason holds off late rally to win at Richmond

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George Mason picked up their second conference win last night at Richmond. The game wasn’t as close as the final score shows as the Spiders had a late frantic run to claw closer in the final seconds. Mason dominated the boards and had great games from Jaire Grayer, Shevon Thompson, and of course Otis Livingston. Their double digit lead dwindled when Marquise Moore left the game with a minor injury but they made their free-throws down the stretch to get the road win. Richmond has been trending down for quite some time this season but this was still another important road victory for our young squad. Mistakes were made in the second half but this team learned how to finish a game, a valuable experience they can take away.

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Mason loses hard fought battle in Revolutionary Rivalry

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George Mason came out strong in the second half against George Washington Sunday afternoon but fell short in the closing moments. This team fought til the end in front of a good, energetic crowd at EagleBank Arena. It was an exciting game for the most part as Otis Livingston was driving and dishing all over the court while the teams traded leads. They shot the ball much better in the second half but struggled to get stops at key moments when they were trying to build momentum. They could have also used more offense from Marquise Moore and Shevon Thompson down the stretch, especially when the game was tied with about five minutes to go. Despite Mason having the rebounding edge the game got away from them at the foul line as GW took full advantage of their extra attempts.


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George Mason still can’t get by Fordham

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George Mason tried to rally back last night at Fordham but eventually lost and fell to 0-6 all-time against the Rams. Turnovers, to no surprise, where an issue. This is another reminder this problem won’t be fixed overnight and the team in general is still a work-in-progress. Mason dominated the glass once again but unlike against Saint Louis they had trouble scoring in the paint. Credit Fordham for keeping Mason out of the lane in the second half, they flustered Shevon Thompson and kept Marquise Moore from scoring at will attacking the basket. Dave Paulsen didn’t have that luxury when taking over Mason. The youth and inexperience shows in road games like this but these are the teams they need to beat in the Atlantic 10.

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George Mason blows by Saint Louis in second half for first A-10 win

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George Mason and Dave Paulsen picked up their first Atlantic 10 yesterday at Saint Louis and offensively looked very strong. The back court tandem of Marquise Moore and Otis Livingston continues to get better as they led Mason’s big scoring attack in the second half. They had not scored 92 points in a game since November 2011 and did so against the Billikens by dominating in the paint. Shevon Thompson had one of his better games of the season picking up another double-double and looking more assertive around the rim. The offense is finally starting to find some consistency as they have scored 75, 73, and 92 points in their last three games.
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Still looking for that first A-10 win

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The Dave Paulsen era has shown us so far that this program is moving in the right direction but unfortunately the wins aren’t quite all there yet. George Mason has had a brutal start to conference play in the Atlantic 10 with their first three games against VCU, St. Bonaventure, and Davidson. With a mostly young roster and veteran players being either inactive or ineffective, they have struggled to play a consistently good 40 minutes on either end of the court. In conference play they have struggled shooting the ball and holding on to the ball. They currently rank dead last in the A-10 in field goal percentage, free-throw percentage, and turnover percentage.

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VCU pulls away from George Mason in A-10 opener

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George Mason unraveled in the second half to fall to VCU in the Atlantic 10 opener last night. Both teams started off shooting cold but early turnovers plagued Mason early. Not that this should be a surprise considering the Rams have been turning over Mason for years now. With 14 minutes to play in the second half Mason did manage to cut the lead to six but VCU went on a big run after that to run away with it. It’s easy to say that the freshmen will sometimes play like freshmen but as a matter of fact 13 of Mason’s 22 turnovers came from Moore, Jenkins, Royal, and Thompson.

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DeAndre Abram’s hot shooting continues against Wagner

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We saw Shevon Thompson and Julian Royal return to action yesterday afternoon in the team’s win over Wagner but freshman DeAndre Abram was again the star. Abram scored 27 points, hit 6-of-8 three-pointers, and grabbed 10 rebounds in the team’s 71-60 win over Wagner. He has now scored 51 points in the last two games and is proved just how balanced this group can be. When was the last time we saw a freshman here score 27 points?

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Shorthanded George Mason gets past Longwood

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Entering Saturday’s game against Longwood, George Mason was down to eight scholarship players. Shevon Thompson did not play due to a minor foot injury so that took it down to seven. However the young guys stepped up and Mason got the win with DeAndre Abram leading the way with 24 points. The Lancers had a very good night shooting the ball from the field but Mason was able to take advantage at the free-throw line and off turnovers.

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