Last night’s 66-46 victory over Albany was George Mason’s best game of the season thus far. They started things off by scoring 12 unanswered points and holding Albany’s offense to 1-for-10 from the field in the early minutes. Defensively the Patriots were tough right from the start, something we had yet to see this season. In the first half they held Albany to 5-of-28 shooting from the field and forced their uptempo game on them. This is probably more of what Hewitt envisioned for this team. The most telling stat of the night for what kind of Mason team we can expect this year was points in paint, Mason 52 Albany 22. The Patriots won’t be lighting it up from behind the arch this season but they will be dominating other team’s front courts at times. The big three (Morrison, Pearson, and Copes) combined for 43 points and 23 rebounds.
-Turnovers were less of an issue as Corey Edwards got the start again at point guard. Edwards continues to look more and more like a leader out there. Edwards seem to be more vocal out there than Allen, which may be another factor fueling his increasing minutes.
-Sherrod Wright seems back to full form after his wrist injury, however Vertrail Vaughns had an off night going scoreless. This team’s three-point shooting seems to be completely predicated by whether or not Vaughns has a good shooting night.
-Ryan Pearson and Mike Morrison showed how dangerous this team can be when they are both producing in the paint. Morrison finally grabbed more than just a few rebounds and held his ground better than he has been. Him playing like this only opens things up more for Pearson.
-Jonathan Arledge continues to produce in his limited amount of minutes. Lost in everything is how this kid is getting to the free-throw line and connecting. On the season he is 10-for-12 from there, maybe he should be on the floor during their next overtime.