George Mason goes 0-for-Puerto Rico
George Mason gets blown out by West Virginia
Opening Weekend Recap
George Mason hangs on against Princeton

George Mason goes 0-for-Puerto Rico

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Paul Hewitt and George Mason couldn’t leave Puerto Rico with a win as they lost a close game to Charleston Sunday morning. The Patriots’ anemic offense again went though long scoring droughts and overall dysfunction, with the only constant being center Shevon Thompson. Throughout the whole tournament Mason looked over-matched and confused. The end of the Sunday’s final game summed everything up perfectly, Yahoo Sports Jeff Eisenberg details it well here:

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Thompson sets record, Mason still loses

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Round two of the Puerto Rico Tip-off went a bit better for George Mason but the results were the same. New Mexico was without their best player but Mason’s combination of turnovers and Patrick Holloway’s dreadful shooting night didn’t put them in any position to win. Shevon Thompson was the star as he finished 21 points and 19 rebounds (Puerto Rico Tip-off record), but the team got little production from anyone else.

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George Mason gets blown out by West Virginia

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George Mason opened their first round game of the Puerto Rico Tip-off by getting completely dominated by West Virginia. The Mountaineers were excelling in all areas and probably could have beat the Patriots just using bench players. This game for Mason looked familiar under Paul Hewitt’s reign, a confused, unprepared, and overall sloppy team that was simply over-matched:

“They were just physically stronger and pushed us around,” Patriots coach Paul Hewitt said. “What we talked about coming in here was turnovers and offensive rebounds and they dominated that. We had 24 turnovers and they had 19 offensive rebounds and that’s pretty much the game.”

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Puerto Rico Tip-off Preview

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The Puerto Rico Tip-off tournament starts tomorrow and George Mason opens against West Virginia at 7:30 pm on ESPNU. This will one of Mason’s few national TV games and their first big test of the season. The winner of their game will face either New Mexico or Boston College. Either way the Patriots will be getting some good games out of this and we will certainly know more about the character of this year’s squad after this weekend. Here is the full bracket:

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George Mason hangs on against Princeton

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George Mason rallied from their disappointing performance in the opener Friday night to beat Princeton. The game looked very similar to ones Mason played last season, big lead in the first half and a late comeback from an opponent in the second. Mason went on a big run in the first half, getting points in the paint, something they went away from against Cornell. They were better at sticking to the game plan today and forced the Tigers into poor shooting overall.

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Previewing Cornell

This Friday George Mason opens the season hosting Cornell, coached by former assistant coach Bill Courtney. Cornell dealt with a lot of injuries last season and only had one win against a Division I opponent. Statistically there were one of the worst teams in the country on defense but should be much improved this season.

Projected starting lineup: Marquise Moore, Patrick Holloway, Marko Gujanicic, Jalen Jenkins, and Shevon Thompson.

To get some perspective I had a Q&A with a Cornell blogger:

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Ahmad Gilbert signs with George Mason

2015 recruit Ahmad JR Gilbert signed his letter of intent today: