George Mason falls at ODU

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George Mason continues to look like a lost team. In a loss to Old Dominion last night it was the Patriots usual game plan, turn the ball over early and allow the opposing team easy baskets inside. Mason had 10 turnovers in the first half and allowed the ODU to shoot 56% in that time. In the second half they switched to fouling and as a result the Monarchs ended up with more free-throw attempts than shots from the field. Yes, you read that right. Sherrod Wright and Bryon Allen did their best to try to get Mason back into but as the ODU commentators stated, the team simply looked without leadership and in disarray. Well put.

Mason continues to look lifeless on the court and on the bench. No energy, no fight, no veteran players getting into the face of younger guys, just that deer in headlights look. When the opposing team’s radio guys notice this after watching just 30 minutes of action I think it’s clear something is very wrong here.

Sherrod Wright erupted for 25 points after being nearly invisible the last five games. He was getting to the line at will yet this team couldn’t figure out how to win. This again points to a notion that team’s offensive game plan is largely flawed. Mason’s offense is essentially two guys scoring, usually never the same two guys, and then little else. There is no balance and no consistency. Where are the set plays for Patrick Holloway? Why not isolate Jalen Jenkins down low more?

Just when it looked like this team may have an actual point guard in Marquise Moore, both he and Corey Edwards were both absent on the court for long stretches in the second half. We are back to square one, living and dying with Bryon Allen running the show. 

 

  • GMUPATS74

    No hope. I’m so angry at having invested my time and money in season tickets for this losing team. Never again! GMU fans deserve better than this!

    • Bentley

      Best thing I ever did was can my 22 year season tickets after year 1 of Hewitt. Horrible coach, horrible choice by TOC after he made the insane decision to let Coach L walk by not properly compensating him as THE person that made George Mason a national name. Now the program has returned to pre-Larranaga results like we saw under Nester and Westhead.

      As I have said before, they will be lucky to get 12 wins this year as the A10 beats on them and uses them for tune up games.

      • GMUPATS74

        12 wins. Yep, that sounds about right.

  • Matt Cerilli

    It’s easy to kick someone when they are down right? Now you know why I was so frustrated after the Oregon State loss GMUPATS74. Everyone seems content saying Hewitt is a great recruiter with a solid winning percentage. He hasn’t done crap since joining GMU and the program continues to spiral downwards. Maybe others are starting to realize that and get as angry as I have been. Again, go look at VCU and Butler and what they have done since going to the F4. Stop making lame excuses for Hewitt and get angry! This is your program going to hell.

    • GMUPATS74

      Matt,
      I’m not defending Hewitt and I never said he was an awesome coach. Others pointed out his winning percentage and I had to agree, he did a great job with Siena and GT at first before the one-and-done player exodus cycle caught up with him. Coaches just don’t get dumb overnight. With that said players need to hold themselves accountable and Hewitt is definitely not blameless as coaching plays a part in team performance and morale.
      The program is not going to hell its already arrived. The coming weeks should feature GMU losing handily to A-10 opponents on a regular basis. Yeah you told me so. Hope that makes you feel better.
      By the way, way to go on using my words against me. Pretty creative.

  • gmu2009

    This team sucks end of discussion. I don’t know why I even put any hope in these scrub ass players. You all are delusional thinking this team can get 12 wins in the A10. They’ll be lucky to pull off 6. Chalk this season up as a rebuild year, can’t wait until this group of sorry seniors is out!

    • GMUPATS74

      I think he meant 12 wins total. 12 wins in A-10 is a fairy tale.

    • Bentley

      I meant 12 wins total (max), not 12 in the A10. The conference is going to beat on this team relentlessly. They will be lucky to get 5 wins in conference. The warning signs for this have been there, this same team was a middle of the pack in the CAA last year – the same CAA conference that was so weak and inept that JMU could win the bid and get a 16 seed play in game. If this roster could not compete in the CAA they certainly cannot in the A10 and they never will compete under Hewitt.

      • gmu2009

        Thanks for clearing that up fellas. I have to admit, I was pretty angry and drunk when I posted that. None the less, I’m still very disappointed in this team and the program’s overall lack of vision. It makes me especially bitter seeing how other programs “VCU” seem to be capitalizing so well from their runs. I would really like to see this program grow to what I’m sure it could potentially. eh.. fairy tales..

        • David Houck

          A fairy tale indeed. As Tommy O’Connor has stated something similar to this before “when too much of a focus is put on athletics, you are kind of letting the tail wag the dog”. Well I forgive me Tom, didn’t athletics bring George Mason into the National Spotlight and bump applications by 1242%?

          • GMUPATS74

            Well put. TOC seems like a nice guy, but I think a change is needed for the AD as well.

  • David Houck

    #FireHewitt

    • GMUPATS74

      I really wanted to believe in Hewitt, I mean a coach who took GT to a National Title game can’t get stupid overnight? Or can he?
      Slowly it is starting to look like the fire Hewitt bandwagon is gaining in strength. Can you blame them? Look at our losses.

  • David Houck

    Call Jeff Capel, Call Bruce Pearl, CALL THE FREAKING NORFOLK STATE COACH.. Do something…

    • GMUPATS74

      Call the National Guard!!!!

  • tommy2

    They will win a few more games. Even a broken clock is right twice a day…anyone watch Hewitt on GoMason.com? His words and body language show someone who doesn’t seem to have a clue how to get back on track.

  • Rick Jank

    As bad as it all is, I would still be just a little optimistic or hopeful if it looked like we had a developing style of play (whatever happened to the uptempo play? Was that the idea du jour?), if we had some semblance of a tailored gameplan, or at least some team unity or camaraderie. I’ll stick with the team through the thin as long as I know there’s a possibility of the thick sometime in the future. Hewitt, be it lack of ability or lack of effort, gives me no such hope.

  • Mason Mom

    While we can all agree there is much disappointment in both the players and coaches, we as fans need to rally behind the name on the front of the jersey. A fan after all is a supporter of a team. I support George Mason.

  • Rick Jank

    Hey Ryan, do you feel like starting a little prediction contest for Mason in the conference? Whatever helps make things more interesting, I say. I see us finishing 4-12, but I’m going to throw in a little of the aforementioned optimism and hopefulness and say 5-11.

    • gmuhoops

      Going to post an A-10 prediction post for the whole league in a minutes. Should be good discussion.

  • tommy2

    After the ODU game, Coach H congratulated ODU on the victory, had no explanation for Mason’s turnovers and sloppy ball-handling (question from local reporter who hadn’t seen them play) and mostly explained why ODU won this way: they played really strong, played well and they tried hard. This is a man getting over $500k/year to build an elite program. He sounds like a high-school gym teacher!

  • gamoo79

    Ryan,
    Any word on what TOC has to say about Hewitt and the direction of the program?
    Future plans?

  • Sean Cassidy

    Feeling really happy Luke Hancock decided to leave. Smart decision. I was wiling to look past the coaching deficiencies in return for the recruiting but even that has been a disappointment. I see no future.