George Mason is still winless at George Washington after yesterday afternoon’s loss at the Charles E. Smith Center in Foggy Bottom. Senior Bryon Allen eclipsed the 1,000 point mark in his career and the Patriots had a good start to this one but faltered later on. In the second half GW’s Maurice Creek started things off with three consecutive three-pointers and after that Mason never was in it and the turnovers piled up. It looked like Sherrod Wright was going to have a big day after drawing fouls and getting to the rim often but it didn’t carry over in the second half. It also didn’t help that Jalen Jenkins was in foul trouble for most of the game and Patrick Holloway was ice cold from behind the arch.
Paul Hewitt was so frustrated by Creek he put Cored Edwards in the game, who essentially hadn’t played since the Dayton game. Edwards did create a spark on defense for a short period but it wasn’t long before we were reminded why he’s been riding the bench for most of the season.
Mason still has trouble consistently scoring points outside the paint. Once GW kept Wright out of the lane with a 1-3-1 zone, the offense struggled. That coupled with Jenkins in foul trouble meant they were relying a lot on Allen and Holloway’s outside shooting, which wasn’t on the mark.
The Patriots didn’t help their chances of staying out of the #12/#13 game in the Atlantic 10 tournament. The players and Hewitt keep talking about making a run in the conference tourney but still struggle to win more than two games in a row. We have seen that they can give anyone in the conference a battle but we’ve yet to see them convincingly get it done.
[Photos by Bill Bride]