We saw the Patriots fight in this one, even late, but it just wasn’t enough. They have an uphill climb if they want to grab that CAA autobid next weekend but that has been no secret for awhile now. The fundamentals are still killing this team, especially on defense. They struggle to make stops at key moments in the game and it’s been holding back their offense all season. Different scorers seems to step up every night but the same doesn’t happen on defense.
Vertail Vaughns had a season-high 16 points but Patrick Holloway, who had been hot recently played only four minutes. A perfect end to a season of weird rotations. It begs the question of why this was never stabilized at any point this year. A shorter rotation may have also helped on defense because it certainly seemed like nothing else was working.
The sad part in all this is that George Mason doesn’t seem to be any better at this point in the season. The moments where the team looks in disarray are still there but we also see bursts of talent. I don’t think this team has a talent shortage but I do think they just don’t play well together. That may not all be Paul Hewitt’s fault but finding a system that works for this group of players is his responsibility.