With George Mason’s first Atlantic 10 game against VCU less than a week away, the team isn’t doing much to instill confidence that they can compete in the new conference. Last night they were down at halftime to a 2-8 Penn team and then squandered an 11-point lead at the end of the game. The Quakers last three-point attempt fell short and the Patriots survived. It was more of the same for George Mason, turnovers and allowing opponents free walks to the basket for easy layups.
The video below is a quick summary of the game:
Bryon Allen is starting to be more of a leader on the court. He finally attacked the basket consistently and made Penn pay at the free-throw line. Overall it is was the team’s best game of the season at the free-throw line, Allen himself went 11-for-11 there. Allen slashing to the rim and Patrick Holloway hitting threes isn’t a bad offense but they are still hurting with Sherrod Wright’s slump. Wright finished 1-7 from the field and scored 8 points, better than what we’ve seen but not great. Over the last five games he’s gone a collective 7-44 from the field.
Jalen Jenkins provided a good spark for this team and continues to be more aggressive in the front court. Is there any reason at this point for him not to be starting over Johnny Williams? Erik Copes had his biggest game of the season, 6 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 blocks but Mason still wasn’t tough enough in the lane on defense.
Allen and Holloway were a good tandem last night scoring 24 and 18. Holloway has begun to blossom during Wright’s struggles but the team still appears to be looking for an identity on offense. Scary thought considering A-10 play is a mere days away and we are 13 games into the season.