The battle of the Georges was a decent game of basketball for 20 minutes today. George Mason played their usual good first half and then after an opposing coach made adjustments, that was it. It’s the same every game, Sherrod Wright throwing the ball out of bounds, Bryon Allen missing lay-ups, a zone defense baffling the offense and so on and so on. George Washington was missing their leading scorer but you wouldn’t have known that with how easily they scored in the second half.
It was another good game for Jalen Jenkins, who is playing with so much determination and effort that he almost looks out of place on this team. GW on defense packed the paint and prevented Mason’s guards from penetrating. In fact they were essentially not guarding Marquise Moore and daring him to the shoot the ball. It was a great strategy because it’s a huge weakness on offense for George Mason, Moore literally has no jump shot.
For the Patriots, they were atrocious on defense. Guys were wide-open all day and GW players had an easy path to the basket in the paint. Whether it’s coaching or the players, this team just flat out cannot make adjustments in order to win a basketball game. Every other team seems to counter whatever Mason does well in the first half.
George Mason is currently on their worst losing streak in 15 years.
[Photo by Bill Bride]