Mason played a lot better against Mercer than they did against Colgate but blew an 11 point lead in the second half to fall to 0-2. Free throws again played a big part, as the Patriots barely went to the line at all and Mercer went 16-16 from the there in the second half as Marquise Moore and Jalen Jenkins fouled out. Three-point shooting was poor again and for a coach who stated “we aren’t a great three-point shooting team” many times this off-season, they are certainly taking a lot of attempts from there. They are taking a lot of attempts because they are getting plenty of open looks and have struggled to get the ball into their bigs. Marko Gujanicic had a good night shooting the ball but that was because he taking outside shots. Shevon Thompson struggled so much passing and holding on to the ball in the post that he was benched for most of the second half.
Freshmen Otis Livingston and Jaire Grayer really had stand out performances. Playing in their first college road game they looked savy and poised for most part. Both hit some big shots and were a big reason why Mason built that 11 point lead. The problem is this team severely lacks any kind of depth and has little to go to on the bench when things start to go bad. It was bit head-scratching to see Thompson on the bench for as long as he was in favor of Danny Dixon even despite his struggles in the post. The offense settling for ill-advised three-pointers instead of trying to grind out points in the paint won’t help them get many wins this season. We all know it’s a work in progress but they seem to have really veered off their game plan quickly in these first two games.