Through four games this season George Mason has had three of them that went into overtime. But after last night in Florida the Patriots are 1-2 in overtime games this season. Florida Atlantic controlled the boards and took advantage of a lot of points off turnovers to beat George Mason 80-75. Vertrail Vaughns enjoyed a great night shooting the ball and scoring a season high for him at 21 points. Ryan Pearson added 19 but failed to keep his double-double streak alive. Erik Copes and Corey Edwards both had big contributions in key situations late in the game. Copes had a put back that sent the game into overtime and Edwards hit a big three-pointer in the overtime period. Sherrod Wright traveled with the team was a late game scratch and Paris Bennett also didn’t play. So Mason played this game with only eight players.
The Patriots finished with their lowest amount of turnovers in a game yet this season, 14, but FAU took advantage of each one it seemed, scoring 20 points off turnovers. The turnover rate is still high though when you factor in the Patriots number of possessions but I will admit this did keep them to a minimum down the stretch and into overtime. Points in the paint was another issue however as Mason yielded 38 to the Owls, a lot of which were second chance opportunities. Mike Morrison continuing to get three or so rebounds a game and fouling out hurts because they don’t have much depth in the front court. Hewitt must not think much of Jonathan Arledge as a front court player as he started at the three spot for the injured Sherrod Wright.