George Mason finally earned their first official Atlantic 10 victory yesterday at Duquesne. They finally backed up a good first half performance with a better second half to finish a game. Sherrod Wright paced Mason, hitting jumpers, getting into the lane, and drawing fouls. It was one of the more balanced efforts on offense we have seen from this team, with five players scoring seven or more points. The effort, which was non-existent against Dayton, was definitely there and lasted the entire game.
Erik Copes is started to be a more consistent rebounder, averaging 8 per contest over the last three games. When he plays like this and paired with Jalen Jenkins’ relentless motor, the team has a formidable front court presence. The front court will certainly be tested again this Wednesday at UMass.
The team now a road victory to build off and hopefully we will continue to see the younger players develop and string together a few more wins.