A very similar game to the one George Mason played at Saint Louis just two weeks ago. A hard fought battle that went into overtime and with Rob Loe hitting dagger three-pointers. Loe isn’t a great three-pointer shooter but Mason seems to bring out the best in his outside shooting. Frustrating to watch the Patriots, once again, have their way on offense against one of the nations best defensive teams and still come up short. Offensively Mason was rolling but they couldn’t make a stop to save their lives. Both teams played hard the entire game but it was clear to see who is used to losing and who is on an 18 game winning streak.
Last time against the Billikens it was Bryon Allen who topped the 30 point mark but last night it was Sherrod Wright who finished with a career-high 34. Allen had a buzzer beater three-point off of a steal at the end of the first half, then went scoreless in the second. He was shaken up a bit on a hard fall to the basket but he’s lack of offensive power in the second half made them very one-dimensional.
The defense certainly hasn’t gotten better but the team’s rebounding and free-throwing shooting has. They have proven they can trade punches with other sound offensive teams but they just can’t seem to every make stops when it counts.
[Photos by Bill Bride]