George Mason lost to Fordham last night, in a game that was probably the most winnable road environment in the Atlantic 10. Mason has now lost six in a row and 10 of their last 12. The usual happened for the Patriots in this one, a decent start on offense followed by a series of turnovers and head-scratching possessions for the rest of the game. Their lack of anything resembling a post game continues to make them an easy team to defend. They really tried to get hot from behind the arch but the shots just weren’t falling. Why they continue to do that instead of driving the lane and drawing fouls is something I’ll never understand. They got to the line for 11 free-throw attempts while giving the Rams 28 from there.
They had no answer for freshman star Jon Severe in the first half. In the second they keyed in on him and forced the rest of Fordham to have to make shots. They did, as they were often given wide-open looks. The Rams’ Branden Frazier scored all of his 22 points in the second half, where the team overall shot 56% from the field. So much for the notice that at least Mason was playing respectable defense.
The players haven’t quit, which is a good sign, but it’s still frustrating to watch. The mistakes they seem to avoid early on will often snowball in the second half when they do occur. Good teams find ways to win and bad teams find ways to lose.
They now remain the only win-less team in A-10 play and with Duquesne nearly upsetting Saint Louis last night, it’s safe to say that George Mason is the worst team in the conference right now.