Mason dominates Penn State
Marquise Moore is off to an incredible start
George Mason pulls off upset win at UNI
Ian Boyd’s free-throws put away JMU in OT

Mason looks to keep rolling Saturday at Penn

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George Mason is currently riding a six game winning streak after a win over Penn State Wednesday night. A game in which dominated the paint and the glass despite giving up a lot of size to their opponent. The game further reinforced that this team can rebound and attack the paint with four and five guard lineups no matter who they playing. Marquise Moore and Otis Livingston II are currently playing at a high level and the freshmen getting minutes are more confident each game. With better shot selection and ball protection they are a much more efficient offense then what we saw through the season’s first couple of games. Now it’s on to Penn for a Saturday afternoon game at the historic Palestra to see if Mason can make it seven in a row.

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Mason dominates Penn State

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George Mason just won their sixth game in a row after dominating Penn State on the road. Mason dominated the boards and the paint behind a huge game by Marquise Moore. Moore finished with 25 points and 13 rebounds, simply amazing. Jalen Jenkins and Otis Livingston II also had big nights as Mason played their game and forced their brand onto the Nittany Lions. Mason finished shooting over 50% from the field and scoring 44 points in the paint. They owned the boards, scored in the paint at will, and got to the free-throw line; that’s Mason basketball this season. Speaking of the free-throw line, Otis is on a serious streak from there as he went 6-for-6 tonight. But the real difference is the emergence of Marquise Moore and his outstanding play:


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Mason back on the road looking to extend winning streak at Penn State

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George Mason will be in Happy Valley tonight and will have another chance to get a top 100 win and extend their longest winning streak since 2011-12. Penn State (#99 Kenpom) has won their last four but have been up and down so far, losing to Albany and coming within 10 points of Duke. This will be one of the toughest defenses Mason has seen so far this season and they have been holding teams to shooting under 44% from the field. On offense Mason has been shooting the ball better lately and have a big rebounding advantage over the Nittany Lions if they keep doing what they’ve been doing. You might remember the last time these two teams faced it was in the NIT back in 2009 and Penn State won in OT on a late three-pointer.

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Mason beats Mercer at home to win their fifth-straight

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Well it certainly looks like we got ourselves a basketball team in 2016-17. George Mason took down Mercer to improve to 6-3 on the season and win their fifth-straight game. Marquise Moore, who has been Mason’s MVP so far, finished with another double-double (21 points, 12 rebounds).  Otis Livingston II came out strong again also adding 17 points and dishing out 7 assists on the night. They got a big lift off the bench from freshmen Karmari Newman and Ian Boyd as both were hitting three-pointers tonight. They had been missing that outside shooting off the bench and it was a real factor in this win tonight. They also took advantage at the free-throw line and finished with only five turnovers. Tonight was a good example of how good this squad can be, they stayed out of foul trouble, didn’t turnover the ball, and hit outside shots. On top of that, the rebounding continues to be impressive. Moore was really getting in there tonight, mixing it up with Mercer’s bigs and still coming away with rebounds.

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Marquise Moore is off to an incredible start

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We are about a quarter of the way into the 2016-17 season and it is already looking like a big year for senior Marquise Moore. The incredible part about his hot start is that he is filling a rebounding need from the point guard position; an area that this off-season seemed like a weakness for George Mason. Through eight games they have made it their strength, beating opponents to the glass without size but effort and tenacity. Moore has been a leader in that area, driving the lane with or without the ball in his hands making things happen for the Patriots. Typically you would expect your point guard to fill up the stat sheet in other areas, three-pointers, assists, and so on. Moore has adapted into a new kind of floor general and it’s the one Mason needs right now.

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George Mason pulls off upset win at UNI

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George Mason picked up one of their best wins in the Dave Paulsen era last night. A road victory at Northern Iowa, a team ranked high in the RPI and on Kenpom. It wasn’t a pretty game but boy did Mason play tough and battle til the end in this one. UNI did their best to limit Marquise Moore, who despite every offensive drive being whistled for a charge, still managed 9 points and 13 rebounds. The fouls became an issue early for Mason and sidelined Jalen Jenkins and Troy Temara for long stretches. However, Daniel Relvao stepped in nicely at the five spot, rebounding and blocking shots. Mason even went with a five guard lineup at certain times in this game and still dominated the boards. The way they have attacked the glass so far this season is impressive and once again they were able to make clutch free-throws to put the game away.

Both teams had a tough night shooting the ball but Jaire Grayer came on strong late in the game scoring 12 points in the second half. Mason’s balanced attack on offense has really been key during this current four game winning streak, hey remember those! The freshmen are looking better each game and contributing in all areas. Ian Boyd probably would have had a much more productive game if not for being in foul trouble. Boyd, Justin Kier, and Karmari Newman continue to develop and are buying in to Paulsen’s system.

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Ian Boyd’s free-throws put away JMU in OT

dsc_9725George Mason followed up a strong finish in the Gulf Coast Showcase with an overtime win over old rival James Madison last night. The Patriots recovered from an awful shooting night and an awful night defending the Dukes. They missed a ton of easy lay-ups and short baskets but Marquise Moore had another strong performance. He was able to capitalize on JMU’s heavy fouling that eventually led to a Mason victory in overtime. Freshman Ian Boyd came up big at the free-throw line, going 10-for-12 including the game winner. We are now starting to see the freshmen have a big impact on this team, little by little. One night it may be Justin Kier, another it might be Ian Boyd, or Troy Temara or Karmari Newman. All of them are starting to show flashes of what can they can do and I think slowly it is starting to come together.

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George Mason falls in overtime

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George Mason lost to Mount St. Mary’s in overtime last night in a back and fourth game. Mason left a ton of points on the floor last night, missing free-throws, lay-ups and easy put backs. The overall shot selection hasn’t been great this season and they are struggling to consistently score outside of Marquise Moore and Jalen Jenkins. The big difference in the game was Mason’s 16 turnovers that the Mount got 13 points off of. Otis Livingston had 6 of those turnovers, which isn’t a great sign. Jenkins and Moore continue to play hard and try to dig the team out of holes but the younger players are really making just too many mistakes at this point.

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Mason uses big second half to run past Lebanon Valley

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I did not know what to expect heading into this game, George Mason was hosting a Division III opponent and it’s always tough to really take away much from these types of games. However, with new faces on the court and team’s different approach this season, there’s lots to look at. Mason was down at half time but then erupted for 57 points in the second half come out on top 90-65. The key takeaway is the young group, which was playing down the level of their competition in the first half, fought back and avoided an embarrassing loss. No doubt this game was a teaching moment for head coach Dave Paulsen, can only imagine what he said at half time. Marquise Moore really took over in the second half and finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds. That second stat is very important because remember the guards are really going to have to make the effort rebounding this year with the team’s overall lack of size.

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George Mason falls in the season opener to Towson

screenshot-2016-11-13-09-27-50George Mason fell in the season opener for the third straight year last night. It was a game they should have won and despite Jalen Jenkins’ big effort, they struggled as a team on the glass and coughed up the ball too much. You can definitely tell they missed Shevon Thompson’s rebounding but they were some bright spots in the offense that was looking to push the tempo way more than we saw last season. The different lineup combinations however, with new freshmen heading in and out, did cause some erratic play at times. It’s obvious Dave Paulsen is still trying to find out who his key guys are off the bench.

Before the game I said they needed to slow down Towson senior Arnaud William Adala Moto, they didn’t and it killed them in the second half. Moto scored 16 of his 22 points in the second half and Mason’s smaller lineup seemed a bit exposed, especially on the defensive end. Freshman Troy Temara, who seems like one of the most exciting new players this season didn’t get off the bench. Paulsen seemed to favor the bigger bodies of Daniel Relvao and Danny Dixon in the post. Mason gave up way too many second chance opportunities that hindered their ability to establish any sort of run.

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