Not much to say to say on this one. This was the Patriots’ worse NCAA tournament loss in school history besting their 24 point loss to Cincinnati in 1999. That was Jim Larranaga’s first NCAA trip with George Mason. The Patriots’ ran into a Ohio State team that was unbelievably hot from behind the three-point line. Granted the Patriots perimeter defense was non-existent but it’s still a pretty amazing to watch a team go 16-for-26 from there, I believe it was a record in the NCAA tournament. If that was not a record I think Ohio State’s David Lighty’s 7-for-7 from behind th arc certainly is or pretty damn close. After starting the game on an 11-2 run the Patriots were manhandled in almost every area. At one point Mason went 10 minutes without a field goal; your not going to beat anyone left in this field playing like that. However it did seem like every foul call, loose ball, and shot attempt seemed to go in the favor of the Buckeyes. It was like quick-sand, the harder Mason tried to dig themselves out the more they sunk deeper. Every shot seemed to fall for Ohio State tonight who certainly looked like the #1 overall seed after this performance.
Luke Hancock missed today’s game with food poisoning and the Patriots’ certainly could have used his ability to create in this game. Unfortunate way to end the season missing one of your starters in the season’s biggest game but I’m sure most agree it might not have mattered tonight.
Some positive things to take away from tonight is the fact that Johnny Williams again got quality playing time against elite talent for the second straight game. And I’m sure juniors Ryan Pearson, Mike Morrison, and Andre Cornelius will not forget this bitter taste in their mouth and strive to erase it next season. You cannot discount what this year’s George Mason team accomplished this year. It was a great year and it’s sad it had to end this way. Personally I’ll feel a lot better if Ohio State wins the national championship.