It is the next morning and I am still in shock on how the closing moments of last night’s game unfolded. Inbounding the ball against New Mexico was a problem all night for George Mason and it was painful to watch them cough it up again with 11 seconds on the clock and the Lobos down two. Watch the comeback again here:
But despite being in position to put this game away late in the second half the Patriots were still riddled by the same problems we’ve been seeing. They narrowly won the turnover battle but coughed it up at the worst possible times it seemed. The inbounding problems undid them at the end and previously had killed momentum they started to build on offense. Having runs negated by turnovers on the inbounds pass is something you just can’t let happen. Another problem for them was again perimeter defense. On the season the Patriots have allowed their opponents to collectively shoot over 41% from behind the three-point line and it has been killing them in the second half this season. Overall New Mexico shot 50% from behind the arch and 44% from the field, it’s tough win no matter how many shots you’re making when you yield those kind of numbers on defense.
Mason now plays Quinnipiac tonight, a team that took UConn to two overtimes last night.