George Mason was outplayed yesterday by Oklahoma in nearly every facet of the game. The Patriots got down early due to turnovers and never got closer than seven points which was early in the second half. At halftime they were down ten which seemed amazing considering they were shooting 30% from the field and getting beat to almost every rebound on both ends. The Sooners dominated the glass and grabbed 17 offensive rebounds. Mason gave them easy paths to the basket, allowing 50 points in the paint and numerous opportunities in transition. The game would have been a bigger blowout if not for Oklahoma’s poor outside shooting (1-for-12 on three-pointers).
Bryon Allen was the only Mason player to finish in double figures while several guys struggled mightily from the field. It seemed like Vaughn Gray missed 20 shots and overall the team wasn’t getting any good looks. Opposing teams are keeping them out of the lane and in turn they are tossing up ill-advised shots. The only positive was that they shot over 68% from the free-throw line (21-28), a rare feat for this team.
For the second straight game Mason allowed the opposing team to consistently score in the paint with numerous easy baskets. They were moments in the first half were it looked like they were forcing Oklahoma into some bad shots but once again we didn’t see the effort for a full 40 minutes. Also the effort on the boards was the most disheartening to witness because that had been an area of strength for Mason entering into this game.
Marquise Moore returned and looked good, playing nearly as many minutes as starter Corey Edwards. With turnovers continuing to be a problem and the offense struggling might we see Moore in a starting role? Jalen Jenkins’ effort was also something that was a positive takeaway. He’s definitely earned more playing time and I’m not sure why he isn’t starting over Johnny Williams.
It’s a bad loss for Mason not because of who they lost to or the score but because of their effort. It doesn’t appear they have put the USF loss in their rearview and the same problems that plagued them in that game were seen again against Oklahoma.
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