Bonnies blow out Mason
Shevon Thompson could be a sleeper NBA draft target
Slow start dooms George Mason at Richmond
George Mason opens conference play with win over La Salle

George Mason at George Washington

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Someday this whole Revolutionary Rivalry will actually be a rivalry that’s fun to watch, but for now it is a dud as George Mason’s program continues to sink under Paul Hewitt. Meanwhile in Foggy Bottom George Washington is a top 60 team looking to challenge for the Atlantic 10 championship again. Mason is 1-5 in their last five games against GW dating back to 1997 and lost both of last year’s games. Mason is coming off one of their worst performances of the season in a what should have been a winnable game against St. Bonaventure. They looked unprepared, disinterested, and basically lost on defense. They played well in the games after being blown out by West Virginia and Oklahoma so hopefully we will see a better effort Saturday.

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Bonnies blow out Mason

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It’s incredible to watch a team like George Mason look like they are moving in the right direction as they did at the end of December and then regress to what we saw last night. Tell me if you’ve heard this one before, an opposing team has a player set a career high while playing Mason? St. Bonaventure’s Youssou Ndoye who seems to run hot and cold had a career-high 28 points against a Mason defense that mostly stood around lifeless as they fell 75-55. Shevon Thompson and Jalen Jenkins were just awful defensively in the post and had no answer for what the Bonnies were doing. Yes, Ndoye was making some outside shots that probably no one expected but Paul Hewitt seemed to make no adjustments to slow the big man down.

Mason started this game strong, jumping out to a quick lead but then slowed their offense down to a grinding halt. You’d have to wonder while watching them if they’d even break the 50 point mark without Shevon Thompson this season. The most glaring stat however from last night was that Mason was dominated on the boards. Even the offensive glass, where they are supposed to be the league’s best. Corey Edwards finished with 9 rebounds and Thompson only 4, huh? Without Marko Gujanicic or Julian Royal, they were short-handed on forwards while Trey Porter and Jalen Jenkins struggled to defend anyone without fouling. Just an entirely sloppy effort on defense.

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George Mason falls to UMass

Once again George Mason played one half better than the other and couldn’t make stops when they needed to. It’s pretty amazing to watch Shevon Thompson (12 points, 16 rebounds, 5 blocks) do what he does and still witness Mason’s offense be this bad. Most teams would be very difficult to defeat getting this many second chance opportunities but the Patriots fail to capitalize off what their best player is doing. Today we saw Mason stay in this game off some hot outside shooting from Isaiah Jackson and Corey Edwards and better overall balance on offense. However they left a lot of points at the free-throw line, an area where they usually have success, and just can’t seem to ever score enough.

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Slow start dooms George Mason at Richmond

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Well the good feeling we all had about this George Mason team contending, some what, in the Atlantic 10 after the La Salle game is gone. Last night at Richmond the Patriots looked like many other Paul Hewitt teams over the last four years, a terribly slow start on offense, poor perimeter defense, and lack of basic fundamentals. We have seen this act before, Mason digs themselves into such a big hole in the first half that no matter how much better they play in the second it’s never enough to come back. I will say it is fun to watch Shevon Thompson and even Patrick Holloway came alive down the stretch. Unfortunately for these Hewitt teams we have seen here there are two halves of basketball game, not one.

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Atlantic 10 action continues at Richmond

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George Mason is looking to start 2-0 in Atlantic 10 conference play as they are in Richmond to play the Spiders tonight. Starting off 2-0 would be huge for this Patriots squad that has had an up and down season so far but are starting to find some consistency. It has looked like both Marquise Moore and Julian Royal have been practicing and hopefully both are back tonight. The big key for Mason again will be to maintain the balance on offense they had against La Salle with four players scoring 13 points. They are not the type of team that can simply rely on the hot hand and ride any given player for their offense.

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George Mason opens conference play with win over La Salle

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George Mason kicked off their Atlantic 10 play with a win over La Salle last night. The Patriots shot the ball well, had four different players score 13 points, and held Jordan Price, the league’s leading scorer to just 2 points. The big key was the balance on offense for Mason, something we haven’t seen all season. There’s no dynamic scorer to rely on each night so they need multiple guys stepping up. The team also got a lift from Corey Edwards’ gritty play, who started in place of Marquise Moore who missed the game with an ankle sprain.

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Freshman Isaiah Jackson is a big part of why this offense is starting to look better, he put the away the game late by getting to the line and converting. Other guys are starting to find their roles on this team as well and that is something they really need now that conference play has begun. You could see that this group played with confidence last night and you could see it after every big stop or a made three-pointer, they wanted this game and let’s hope that fire continues.

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Oklahoma routs George Mason

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For second consecutive season George Mason was blown out by Oklahoma. This time no Mason player reached double digits in scoring and as a whole only managed 43 points. The sad part in this, for a Patriots team that had been playing better, was that the Sooners were not exactly on fire Wednesday night. The Patriots however could not get anything going on offense nor could they capitalize off the Sooners’ early mistakes. Mason’s shooting numbers were dreadful as they shot below 30% from the field and 0-for-14 from the behind the three-point line.

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George Mason finishes up non-conference action at Oklahoma

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George Mason is riding a three game winning streak as they look to wrap up non-conference play at Oklahoma tonight. A great new years present to all Mason fans would be to see a win tonight against #18 Oklahoma. Last season they were completely dominated by the Sooners at the Verizon Center during the BB&T Classic. This year’s squad again has a balanced scoring attack and a high-tempo offense that Mason could again struggle to keep up with.

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