George Mason bounced back from an awful game versus Drexel to continue their winning streak over James Madison. They have now beaten JMU nine straight times, so at least that hasn’t changed in the Paul Hewitt era so far. A pleasant surprise for the Patriots was the play late in the game from Jon Arledge, who scored a career-high 19 points. Arledge also hit two clutch free-throws down the stretch when Sherrod Wright was shook up after a flagrant foul and couldn’t take the shots himself. Mason rebounded the ball much better and got a ton of second chance opportunities. I’m guessing the team made this a focal point of their practices after their poor efforts against Drexel. It turned out to be the difference in the game as the Dukes were making a serious run in the second half.
Mason has a quick turnaround and play at ODU tonight. They are still in the mix to get back into second place in the standings and another road win could go a long way. This game scares me a bit because with how bad ODU’s season has gone so far, this is basically their Super Bowl. They have always played tough against the Patriots on in Norfolk. Mason is so inconsistent anything is possible.