St. Bonaventure surges past George Mason

For the second straight year George Mason posted a double-digit loss on Homecoming. Yesterday they allowed St. Bonaventure to take control in the second half and couldn’t do much of anything right on defense. It was nothing close to the game they played against UMass and their very short winning streak came to an end. It was also a game where the younger players had a limited impact. Seniors Sherrod Wright, Bryon Allen, and Johnny Williams were Mason’s offensive presence, a formula that hasn’t worked much this season.

Erik Copes returned to his usual form after having a monster game against UMass. He fouled out of this one scoreless and playing only 13 minutes. The rest of the team outside of Allen and Wright struggled to get much of anything going and they were all equally bad on the defensive end. The effort on both ends of the court was not there like it was in their previous two games.  How different this team can look between games is truly incredible.

 

  • BrianDC

    Good news is that the conference tourney is not played at the Pat Center. This team, for whatever reason, plays much better on the road than in front of the faithful.

    • Daniel Wu

      Interesting observation. Perhaps the Barclays will the Patriot’s boon. Still hoping Mason gets a 11 or 10 seed.

    • ricandersen

      Mason is 5-6 at home, 4-10 on the road.

      • BrianDC

        How many A10 games they win at home? Oh yeah, 0. How many on the road? Oh yeah, 2. Who do we play in the A10 tourney? Oh yeah A10 opponents. So the other wins we had at home don’t really matter at this point.

        • ricandersen

          Heh. Snippy much?

          Don’t hate. You said Mason plays much better on the road than at home. I posted their record. If you meant to say something else, like their conference home/away record, fine. But no need to get defensive. We are all on the same team here, right?

          On your (subsequent) point: if you want to focus only on conference opponents, than your location concerns shouldn’t be one of home versus away. Since all the games are held on one, relatively neutral site, Daniel is right. Hopefully the Barclays Center will be friendly to Mason. On the other hand, Mason is 1-3 on a neutral site this season.

          • Daniel Wu

            Yep agreed. No need to get angry especially on another fan. This reminds me of the 2006-2007 season, the season after the final four 2006 run. The team graduated thier seniors and thier star players that lead the way to final four in 2006. The team had a pretty rough season. But during the CAA tournament, Mason went on a win streak and made it to the finals. VCU unfortunately won the CAA tournament final in 2007 and got the automatic bid to the A10.
            That was the CAA though. Mason’s chances of doing some kind of miracle like that again in the A10 tournament is unlikely. But chances of it happening are higher than winning the lottery. One can only hope for a better seeding and a slim to none chance winning the A10 tournament.

          • BrianDC

            My bad. was watching wolf of wall street and got all riled up.

          • GMUPATS74

            I didn’t like that movie; glad I didn’t pay money to see it.

  • GaMoo79

    Bobby Knight’s son just got fired from Lamar today. Team was 3-22. 1-17 last year in conference. He was in the third year of a 5 year contract. Just thought it was an interesting nugget. Obviously none of us would want to get fired, but none of us have million dollar parachutes to fall back on either. Not shedding any tears….

    • Daniel Wu

      I understand your point. I would give Hewitt one more year. Got some good players coming in. Julian Royal is probably the one that will make an impact immediately. An ACC player in the A10, maybe he’ll be like Ryan Pearson from 2012. Would love to see Trey Porter start over Eric Copes. Trey Porter hopefully has more offense in him than Copes.

    • Season Ticket Holder

      Lamar was smart. Pat Knight had a 3 year contract ending in April 2014 and his base salary was $150K. So Lamar is paying Knight 1 ½ month’s salary to leave
      early.

      On the other hand our brilliant AD has his hands tied with a 5 year contract and a much bigger penalty clause for early termination. Don’t expect any changes soon.

      • Daniel Wu

        Hewitt got recruits coming in. Another reason you can’t fire him right now or once the season ends. Like I said one more year seems reasonable.

        • GaMoo79

          Daniel, I think he gets two.

      • GaMoo79

        Thanks for the correction on the contract terms.
        I dont expect any changes until the contract expires: One, the recruits MIGHT make a difference, and I would love to see all of us be wrong about Hewitt in a year or two. Two, if he let Hewitt go, TOC would have to admit he made a mistake. Not likely to happen.

    • G-n-G

      Knight was 3-28 last season and 3-22 so far this year in a conference that ranked #27 of 33 according to RPI (by comparison, the A-10 is #6, behind the ACC but ahead of the SEC). That is the picture of a bad coach. For people who want to run Hewitt out on a rail (and he may end up being the wrong coach for GMU, who knows) it’s wise to remember what a real coaching failure looks like.

      Regarding the game and the debate between coaching and execution (which is a bit like nature-vs-nurture because both play a role), here’s one observation. Several times during the game Hewitt could be seen exhorting the team to push the tempo. In the post-game he mentioned that SBU’s 7-footer hurt his ankle in their last game, and he wanted to take advantage by running. Instead, no matter who was playing point they never pushed the ball except for a couple token possessions at the end of the game. So this is a case of the players not following the script and the coach not being able to get them to play his preferred (for one game anyway) style. Both factors played a role.

      • GaMoo79

        Again, G-n-G for the clarification on the Lamar record. I was writing from memory of an article I quickly read. Obviously my memory on specifics was faulty, as both you and Season Ticket Holder pointed out. Thanks guys! Oh well. At least I got my point across…sort of.

        • GMUPATS74

          Even though Hewitt isn’t the best coach in the world (many here will attest to that) he seems like a great guy and needs to get all his recruits in and clear out L’s guys before he can truly be deemed a failure. If next year they struggle as well then yes a coaching change is needed.

          • GaMoo79

            74, I agree Hewitt needs to be judged on his own guys. But thats also why I think he needs/gets to finish out his contract. With so many freshmen coming in we may not see their best until year after next.

        • G-n-G

          79, wasn’t trying to correct/criticize. I thought you made a fine point. I just riffed off it to make a different one. I also agree with the exchange you and 74 have below.

          • GaMoo79

            That was my bad G-n-G. I reread my post. I meant to say “THANKS for the clarification..” We’re good.

  • StopWearingPurple

    The good: They finally started guarding the perimeter and I thought played good defense for
    the first period and a half.

    The bad: The offense really struggled. For a while they would take open shots, then they reverted to getting a look and not taking the shot.

    The ugly: Timeouts. At just under the ten minute mark SBU goes on a 9-0 run and it is apparent the game is slipping away. I was sitting in the stands pleading for a timeout which did not come until the under eight timeout. Then they ran two possessions, scoring on both, and called time out again. Who is in charge of timeouts! Andy Reid!?

  • Mike

    SBU figured out that they could drive to the rim and get at least a foul call every time, it took Mason a little while to figure out the same. Copes just got the raw end of the deal, so I don’t blame him. In one memorable call, he was standing with his arms straight up and was called with a foul. I swear the refs were blowing the whistle even before a whiff of contact occurred. They were calling it both ways, so I’m not saying we lost the game because of the refs. They were all around lousy.

    Dayton relentlessly drove to the basket and they also dominated us. We need to figure out a defensive alignment to stop Dayton/SBU if we see them in the A-10 tourney. We match up pretty well with everyone else.

    Edwards must really be in the dog house. That’s three games that he hasn’t played. I at least expected him (and others) a late appearance when the game was lost since it was homecoming.

  • upside2013

    Good news the season will be ending soon and maybe next year will be better??? Will be losing BA and SW which makes up for most of the scoring this year (who will pick up the slack)?

    • Daniel Wu

      Patrick Holloway obviously comes to mind. Vaughn Gray once again is being under used both last season and the miserable current season. Next year Vaughn Gray will probably get five times more minutes than he ever did in his previous three seasons here. Unless the freshmen swing players next season are way better than Pat and Vaughn, Pat and Vaughn comes to mind.
      Next on the line would have to be Julian Royal. Four star guy who played in the ACC, now in the A10. For me the comparison to Ryan Pearson comes to mind. Ryan Pearson was looked at by A10 and ACC schools back when Mason was still a CAA school. Ryan Pearson chose Mason and dominated in the CAA. Since Julian was a top prospect in the ACC maybe he’ll dominate the A10 as a bigger, taller version of Ryan Pearson. The guy can shoot like Jonathan Arledge, maybe better.
      Hewitt had a system build around Julian Royal before getting fired by Georgia Tech.
      This season the main scoring comes from our back court BA and SW. Next season right now at a glance it looks like it will switch to frontcourt. But who knows if Pat and Vaughn, and a Small Forward can consistently provide some scoring it might be a balanced scoring team.
      So yeah hoping for next season to be better.

    • GaMoo79

      Good players. Not great. Not like losing stars. They can be replaced. Dont want to be harsh, but its just the way it is.

      • upside2013

        Did not say great players and lets be real their as good as it gets!

        • GaMoo79

          I agree that BA and SW are as good as we have now, but we have had better, and I hope we will again. I have to disagree that they are as good as it gets.

          • David Houck

            I firmly believe Jenkins will start at the 3 next year, IF Copes can be consistent. Jenkins will continue to develop his offensive game and be able to step out beyond the 3 point line, be effective, and provide great size at the position. Only question for me is can he guard the perimeter.
            Also, I hope Gray can get on the court and just relax. If he can play without being afraid to mess up like Holloway does, then I think he can be a substantial contributor.

          • upside2013

            I hope your right and and I am wrong. May have to hit the restart button though on whats left of this program.