Losing streak continues for George Mason

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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.

 

  • Season Ticket Holder

    Can you handle the term “Cellar Dwellers”? Worst yet we have the coach until his
    contract expires. It does not take much time to dismantle a good program. My
    handle will change to ex season ticket holder next year.

    • GMUPATS74

      Make that 2 ex-season ticket holders.

  • http://www.twitter.com/erikhernquist Erik Hernquist

    They’ve lost 10 of 12 and yet Vaughan Gray doesn’t even sniff the court. He is either absolutely terrible or he said something about Paul Hewitt’s wife, because I can’t understand why he isn’t getting a chance to play.

    • Brandon Smith

      Agree Hernie. Not sure what he has done, but they can’t be any worse with him on teh court. Get him out there and let’s see what he can do.

    • GMUPATS74

      Vaughn is severely underrated. I don’t know why he didn’t transfer after last season. He could get minutes on a lot of other teams.

  • tommy2

    Strangely, Coach Hewitt said in post game press conference “we didn’t stop him (Severe)” in the second half; that his lack of scoring in second half could be attributed to Fordham going away from him. He gave his team’s defense no credit! And he said foul shots killed Mason, referring to 8 of 11 as “misleading.” His point was they missed the front end of 3 one and ones. As Ryan pointed out, how about the fact you only took 11 foul shots to their 28 because no one was attacking the rim?! Geezus! This guy is a walking sound-bite of generalities.

    • Andy Minor

      Him and Mike Shannahan should have a “bad press conference” contest

      • StopWearingPurple

        While reading the game recap I kept thinking, “Is this some sort of Shannahan ‘fire me’ move?”

  • gamoo79

    At this point all we can do is hope for a turn around next year. If it doesn’t happen then we’ll just have to ride it out and hope we get a better coach next time. (And an AD that is actually committed to the program.)

    • Daniel Wu

      Agreed. If a talented group consisting of Julian Royal, Eric Lockett, Therence Mayimba, Trey Porter, and Isaiah Jackson can’t turn things around- then its got to be the coaching that needs to go.

      • tommy2

        Counting on one first-year player is risky; five, forget it. In the end, all team’s have talent, especially in a conference like A-10. Comes down to execution, which is a function of coaching over a long season. But don’t worry, Coach Hewitt will implore them to try hard and play strong, as he said in a recent press conference!

        • gamoo79

          Point well taken. Kentucky might be the exception, but Hewitt isn’t Calipari.
          Still, #75 recruiting class still gives me some hope.

        • Daniel Wu

          I see your point. In that case it would have to be Julian Royal without a doubt. Hewitt had a system built around Julian Royal before he got fired. Don’t be suprised when Hewitt has Julian Royal as the focal point of Mason’s offense next season.

  • Daniel Wu

    The only season I can think of where we had a record similiar to the one right now would be back when Larranaga started his first year of coaching at George Mason. I understand the fact that this team is now playing in a conference more competetive than the CAA but seven losses decided by 5 points or less is unacceptable. Hewitt is taking this program backwards, which doesn’t make sense when you have lots of veterans on this team. The sooner this season ends the better.

  • Chris Hirsch

    0-8 start in the league seems inevitable. If we don’t beat Duquesne, it is hard to find a win on our schedule.

  • StopWearingPurple

    Any idea what drill he will run for an hour and half in the next practice?

    • Daniel Wu

      Drills on how not to choke in the last 5 minutes of the game and how not to make unforced turnovers. This is a trend that keeps happening over and over again. This is why we have seven very close losses that could have been wins.

      • gamoo79

        Our bigs can’t catch a pass or get a stickback to save their lives, and our guards get stripped over and over again…when they’re not dribbling it off their foot. And even with Holloway we don’t have a legit. “don’t leave this guy open” shooter. This just is not a very good team, regardless of how well or poorly they are coached.

      • gamoo79

        Let’s face it, this is just not a very good team. Guards who are walking turnovers, bigs who can’t catch a pass or make a stickback (Jenkins excluded), and even with Holloway (ok, but not great) no “don’t leave this guy open” shooters.

        • gamoo79

          Sorry about the double post. Thought I had hit the wrong button.
          My Bad.

        • GMUPATS74

          Nope. Coach takes some blame but players blow too.

  • Rick Jank

    Yep, if you look at the schedule, there is the distinct possibility that we go winless in conference play.
    Now this is really perverse, but I find myself almost content that we are collecting loss after loss. Not for the team, I hate that. Our players and the program deserve better. But with each loss, and no real change in our style of play, each loss builds a stronger case for the firing of the coach. I know there are negatives, but it’s apparent to me that that is the long term solution to our problem.

  • Masonfansince03

    i wouldn’t say the players haven’t given up, because if they are still trying, does that mean they are really just that awful? I don’t think so. We have good players, however I think they have given up, and you couple that with the fact the coach obviously has done and continues to do no coaching, you have the reason why we can’t finish a close game. Giving the ball to one player and hoping they do something by themselves to win a game won’t cut it with good defense in the A10. We need plays drawn up with screens to free players up, and we need timeouts to be able to settle the team and get them ready to run those plays. When the coach obviously hasn’t gone over any plays in practice, and never has any time outs to draw one up at the end of a close game, we can’t win. Unfortunately i don’t see this turning around any time soon, and we will continue to lose games. Sad, and hard, to watch.

    • gamoo79

      Dean Smith ALWAYS, and I literally mean always (look it up), had more timeouts left at the end of the game than the opposing coach. Also, Carolina almost inevitably MADE more free throws in a game than the other team ATTEMPTED (you can look that up too).
      I know, I’ve followed ACC basketball since 1970.

      • Masonfansince03

        Ya, more often than not lately i have noticed hewitt taking his last (or second to last) timeout with about 4-6 minutes left in the second half after a mason made basket, which does nothing for our ability to feed off that made basket and start a run to end the game. His use of timeouts baffles me, always has, and i am guessing always will. I guess he figures he has no plays ready for the team at the end of the game, and is going to have them just go one on one and someone hopefully will win the game, so why keep a timeout????

      • GMUPATS74

        Mentioning Dean Smith and Blewitt in the same paragraph is sacrilege my friend.

        • gamoo79

          True. Sorry.

        • gamoo79

          True. Sorry.
          Hope this doesn’t come through as another double post. Tough day here.

          • gamoo79

            Aw man! I thumbs downed myself. I’m done for the day!

          • StopWearingPurple

            Bryon? Is that you?

    • GMUPATS74

      Painful too. It’s like groundhog day each game.

  • ECE2013Alum

    I have a hypothesis on why we are struggling so badly right
    now: lack of emotional control. For example, look back at the game against
    South Florida in early December. We had a solid lead, until Anali got the
    technical called on him. After that, we completely lost control of the game,
    and ended up losing to a team who we should’ve beaten by double digits. I think
    a similar thing is happening to us now because of the loss against UMass. In
    the Washington Post piece by John Feinstein (which Ryan alluded to in an
    earlier post), he says how the team was very emotional after that loss, and
    obviously took it very hard. So I think that the emotional effects from that UMass
    loss are contributing to our lack of confidence and to why we are on this
    horrible losing streak. This team cannot control its emotions, and I think that
    falls mostly on the coach. As a team, you have to be able to let things go:
    learn from your mistakes, but forget about the past.

  • David Houck

    The level of dysfunction on this team is unreal. This really is not a talent issue at all.

    • gamoo79

      I have to agree, at least to a degree, in spite of what I posted about our lack of talent. We could easily be 3-2 in conference and maybe even 4-1 if a bounce or two or three had gone our way.
      Actually, I think we’re all as confused by this as Hewitt is.

  • GMUPATS74

    I can’t remember the last time we lost 6 in a row. Better conference or not this shouldn’t be happening. Each game is the same, build a lead then lose it, come back and then lose the game.
    Just my luck to buy season tickets in a prime seating area during one of our worst seasons!

  • Chris Hirsch

    Fitting picture you used though.

  • Leedy1896

    A lot was written about the number of Fordam players who left. Any sense that some of our guys, Jenkins, Holloway, Gujanicic might be starting to look elsewhere?

  • tommy2

    Just curious, any opinions on whether or not the Washington Post has cut back on coverage of the Patriot basketball (Feinstein’s recent story notwithstanding), or am I imagining it? Is it resources and being forced to chose between successful and unsuccessful programs, or has the relationship with writers (Goff) changed? Maybe they study click statistics and no one is reading about Hewitt’s GMU team? Even with GW in town, no preview? They are devoting a lot of space online to all the area programs, but GMU usually gets little more than an AP story.

    • Bill Bride

      Goff was there today as was Post photographer John McDonnell. The Post hasn’t sent a photographer since opening night. I didn’t even see one at the UMass game. I heard Goff mention to a Mason staffer that he has covered a couple AU and GW games this year. Also noticed the Post online ran the AP story but later put Goff’s game story in.