Bryon Allen came up big with a clutch three-pointer with just under a minute left to give Mason a 60-57 lead. He then hit free-throws in the closing seconds to put the game away for the Patriots. UVA’s Joe Harris had previously hit a few big shots despite Mason players being all over him. In the end Mason’s pressure defense was the difference and allowed them to win the turnover battle.
-Overall the Patriots had a great night shooting the ball, just not from the free-throw line. They were not many ill-advised shots and Johnny Williams was very efficient.
-Sherrod Wright had a big game but was uncharacteristically bad from the free-throw line. As a team the Patriots were 8-for-19 from the line and actually shot better on three-pointers.
-Marko Gujanicic didn’t look like a freshman and did a great job on the boards in the absence of Erik Copes. He wasn’t afraid to let it ride from behind the arch and looked comfortable all over the court.
-Bryon Allen was looking more like a floor general then ever and helped Mason push the pace against the Cavaliers. I thought he looked a more comfortable than he did last season and looks improved on the defensive end.
-Vertrail Vaughns struggled all night and went scoreless. You have to wonder if this continues what kind of role he will have off the bench once Vaughn Gray returns.
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