A more frustrating than usual George Mason game to watch. They played well but just couldn’t prevent overtime. As soon as the end of regulation came I knew a chance at the upset would eventually slip away. We’ve seen this movie before and their last play of the game was more of the same. Bryon Allen scored 30 points and was literally trying to will Mason to victory all by himself. Patrick Holloway also had one of his better games and Marquise Moore dished out seven assists. And despite having a better day shooting the ball than Saint Louis, the Patriots found a way to lose. Turnovers and breakdowns on defense were right on key and Mason is still winless in the conference.
An eerily similar game to the one George Mason played against UMass. Also a ranked conference foe that the Patriots hung with the entire game and even led most of the time. Why can’t they finish these games? It’s beyond mind-boggling. The players don’t seem to lack talent or determination but merely just general direction. It was one of their better performances on defense but in the end they couldn’t stop Saint Louis big man Rob Loe when it mattered.
Games like this prove that Mason can play with just about anybody with their effort and talent. But they are not a fundamentally sound basketball team and they let their flaws kill them in most games.
[Photos by Chris Lee, St. Louis Post-Dispatch]