George Mason continues to be the team in every game that only plays one half of good basketball. You never know which half it’s going to be but they will struggle in at least one of them. Against Saint Josephs’s last night both teams shot the ball extremely well in the first half but the problem was it only carried into the second half for the Hawks. Also for the third straight game in a row the Patriots got to the free-throw line a lot less than their opponent and as a result never controlled the tempo. Jalen Jenkins career-night (20 points) and relentless effort inside paired with some hot three-point shooting helped Mason carry a five point lead into halftime. With about two and half minutes remaining though the Hawks were able to get second chance opportunities to help seal the deal.
A highlight for George Mason at this point continues to be the development of redshirt freshman Jalen Jenkins. He continues to be a tough customer inside and is the team’s best offensive rebounder. They could use three more of him on the floor.
Bryon Allen continues to put points on the board but he’s been making a lot of mistakes late in games that continue to cost the team possessions. He and Sherrod Wright never seem to be on the same page in terms of production on any given night.
Erik Copes has been contributing more and Johnny Williams has been nearly invisible out there. It may be time to move Copes back into the starting lineup. At this point you have to take the good with the bad with Copes and hopes he develops more. Marko Gujanicic was once a solid number two scorer for this time but lately he’s seen little minutes. I think he’s battling a minor injury which is shame because he and Jenkins make a solid front court.
Positives from this game is that they finally had a game with less than 12 turnovers and they scored 80 points. If they had cut down on the fouls in this game they could have won. You can’t expect to win playing good defense but then bailing a team out with constant fouling. Another good thing was the three-point shooting. If Wright, Allen, and Holloway continue to hit threes at that rate they will be able to compete more in this conference. It’s an area of there offense has been lacking this season.
However, George Mason will most likely continue to struggle in the A-10 because they can’t seem to play a complete game to their full abilities. This game was another example of how they just don’t know how to win these close games. On top of that neither Corey Edwards nor Marquise Moore has asserted themselves as this team’s point guard. It’s January and two games into conference play, ridiculous.