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.