Mason had the ball with 33 seconds left and chance go ahead out of a timeout. Bryon Allen turned over the ball on a pass to Sherrod Wright under the basket. Jonathan Lee made the winning layup with three seconds left on the next possession. Keep in mind Patrick Holloway, who hadn’t entered the game to this point, was in for those final seconds on defense.
After watching this team play a solid game on both ends against Drexel the day before, it was difficult to watch the collapse unfold. Teams go on runs and comeback all the time in college basketball but it was how quickly Northeastern accomplished it on Sunday that was so unnerving. The constant fouling, a recurring theme of the season, halted any momentum the Patriots tried to build after blowing the big lead. They fought back several times but only to be undone by ticky-tack fouls.
Bryon Allen and Marko Gujanicic came up big but it just wasn’t enough. They needed more from their star Sherrod Wright in the end. Also Erik Copes, who had been coming up big lately, was a total non-factor in the game. He wasn’t in foul trouble and was nearly invisible in the post on defense. Offensively, the Patriots played a good game but they lost the battle of at the free-throw which turned out to be difference. Hard to imagine a team losing after shooting 64% from the field, especially in a conference tournament game.
And apparently this season might not be over just yet….
Hewitt says he would consider playing in one of the third-tier tournaments to gain experience for senior-free rotation #masonmbb
— Steven Goff (@GMUWashPost) March 10, 2013
[Photo by Craig Bisacre]