George Mason used a late run to defeat Rhode Island for the third time in the final game of the series between the two teams. It won’t count as an Atlantic 10 win since the series was arranged before Mason joined the conference but still a rewarding victory after coming off two straight road losses. The Patriots used a late 7-0 to seal the victory and held URI without a field goal for the final 4 minutes and 45 seconds. Sherrod Wright and Bryon Allen were clutch down the stretch and the team finally kept the turnovers to a manageable level. Jalen Jenkins had a big game, 9 points and 11 rebounds, while Erik Copes return was hardly noticed.
The school officially announced that senior forward Jon Arledge is done for the season due to injury. I think we have seen him play his last game in a George Mason uniform as he has been absent from the bench in the last two home games and Paul Hewitt used words like “his call” when describing him sitting out the rest of the year. The Post mentions that Arledge has applied for a medical hardship waiver with the NCAA but he will graduate this spring and be able to play right away somewhere else if the waiver is granted. Sad to see him go because he showed real promise but Mason is deep at this position, especially with Julian Royal entering the mix next year, so it’s not a devastating loss.
Mason was close with URI for the entire game but once again showed off a good second half on their home court. Getting to the line was big for them in this one and attacking the rim got the win for them late in the game.
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