Another game, another loss for George Mason as they seem to be a lock for the Atlantic 10’s basement this season. The Patriots are now one loss away from posting back to back 20-loss seasons for the first time since 1993. The teams overall sloppy play continued with turnovers, fouls, and the all the usual miscues you would expect. It was an off night for Shevon Thompson who was held back early due to foul trouble. He grabbed only 3 rebounds which was his lowest total in about a months time. Trey Porter got the start and continues to grow his game, a lot of potential is still there. It was also nice to see Julian Royal play double digit minutes and contribute some scoring. It will be interesting to see what this team looks like next year and who stays after Hewitt is gone. The countdown continues.
George Mason posted their six loss in seven games yesterday after falling to Rhode Island 71-56. The Washington Post recap brings to attention again that these could Paul Hewitt’s last couple of games at the Patriot Center. The program is dangerously close to posting back to back 20-loss seasons for the first time since the early 90s. An embarrassing statistic considering they just moved up to the Atlantic 10. The article even brings up the $85K bonus that Hewitt is days away from receiving:
“Those close to the program, who requested anonymity because they are not permitted to speak on the matter, do not believe Edwards would dismiss Hewitt for the sake of saving $85,000. A decision, they said, would probably come after the season.”
Neither Brad Edwards nor Dr. Angel Cabrera will comment beyond anything saying that they will evaluate the position at the end of the season. However it seems pretty clear to everyone change is needed. Yesterday we saw a team that again looked unprepared and sloppy.
It’s one thing to lose to a historically bad team but to lose to them three times in a row is an unbelievable feat even in the Paul Hewitt era. Fordham had not won a road Atlantic 10 game before last night since March of 2013. Entering last night’s game Fordham was shooting 27.7% on three-pointers (ranked # 343 in the nation) but managed to go 11-for-18 against Mason. The Patriots had a six point lead and then they essentially gave up as if they were looking past the Rams. Their energy on defense was non-existent and they looked unprepared, something Hewitt even admits in the post game press conference. It’s nice to see Hewitt not blame a loss solely on the players for once but honestly, your team isn’t prepared at this point in your tenure here? What are you doing then?
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George Mason defeated Richmond in overtime yesterday for their first win in five games. It was another double-double showing for Shevon Thompson who was a big difference inside against the smaller Spiders team. Marquise Moore erupted in the overtime period after being quiet for most of the game scoring eight of his nine points. Defensively we saw a much better effort from the Patriots but they did have to battle through some questionable officiating. Turnovers really hurt Mason, once again, as Richmond scored 20 points off them. It was nice to see a win and for this team to battle hard and come away with a home court victory.
George Mason is close to posting back to back 20-loss seasons as they struggled to compete on the road at Davidson last night. Even if you didn’t watch the game you probably could have guessed how they lost given the lopsided 92-71 score, bad perimeter defense and tons of turnovers converted into points. Opposing teams have been following that blueprint for success all season long. It was amazing however to see this team score more than 70 points, a mark they have surpassed few times this season. Nothing more to say, this team continues to reach new lows.
George Mason lost of their last few winnable Atlantic 10 games left on the schedule Saturday at Saint Joseph’s. Shevon Thompson once again put up good numbers but struggled through double teams was not nearly aggressive enough in the paint. Patrick Holloway made it a one possession game with a few seconds to go but the Patriots couldn’t finish the job. They played hard the whole game but it is just the same results over and over again.
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Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post and Ben Standig of CSN Washington are on a podcast on ESPN 980 radio discussing local hoops. At the about the 33 minute mark they start talking about the state of George Mason and discuss what the future might hold. Very interesting conversation from two local media guys about how the program doesn’t put themselves out there enough in the media, definitely worth a listen. Here is the snippet of audio where they talk about George Mason:
George Mason started off Wednesday night looking pretty good against #18 VCU but as you can imagine, they fell apart in the second half again. VCU was playing without star point guard Briante Weber and then mid-game Treveon Graham got injured and did not return. The Patriots failed to capitalize on VCU’s short-handedness and blew an early lead. Down five with roughly two and half minutes to go, Mason scored only one point and turned over the ball four times to end the game. You can’t turn the ball over 18 times against VCU and expect to win as the Rams scored 27 points off them. Mason was handling VCU’s havoc fairly well for most of the game but couldn’t match the Rams toughness late in the game.
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VCU visits George Mason Wednesday night after losing their first Atlantic 10 game to Richmond. In that game they lost senior guard Briante Weber, who was 12 steals shy of breaking an NCAA record. Huge blow for the Rams as Weber was the poster child for Shaka Smart’s “Havoc” defense. How much of a difference will that make for Mason tomorrow night, we’ll see. The Patriots are still sloppy with the ball and struggling on offense so it once again could be a feeding frenzy for the Rams. I would have to think VCU’s game plan is take Shevon Thompson out of the game on offense. Against Duquesne Thompson struggled to score and it killed their offense and led to a lot of ill-advised shots. Also I am not sure if Patrick Holloway will be back but they could certainly use the boost of him off the bench in this one.
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Paul Hewitt recruits another point guard and a former teammate of freshman Eric Lockett.
Article on Jackson August 2013:
“He is one of the best shooters in the Southeast,” longtime friend Eric Lockett said.
Lockett grew up around the corner from Jackson when his travel team teammate moved to Macon. They became friends and have played on Aim High together since they were in middle school. Even when Lockett moved to Cobb County as a freshman year the two always remained friends.”