“Patriots’ head coach Jim Larranaga doesn’t have his team foul when leading by three late in the game because it has defended the perimeter so well all year. The Patriots are ranked 14th nationally in 3-point field goal defense.”
Every coach has their own philosophy and anyone who has watched Larranaga over the years should know he doesn’t foul in that situation and it has worked in the past. The guy threw up a prayer and it went in, that’s college basketball, not really something you can work on in practice. Regardless, we still saw a Patriots squad play the whole 40 minutes on the road, with the freshmen scoring 30 points and sophomore Cam Long leading with the way with 16. Anyone excited for a back court next season with Cornelius and Long? Dre Smith started off strong knocking down his first two three-pointer attempts but then went 0-for-6 from there to finish the game. JV and Darryl Monroe played solid but didn’t come up big when the Patriots needed to make a play. Louis Birdsong shuffling his feet on an in-bounds created a crucial turnover late that hurt Mason. If the younger guys didn’t step up who knows how this one would have turned out. Disappointing end to one of those ‘what could have been’ seasons but it’s hard to keep your head down with the talent on this squad and the experience they got this year.