George Mason defeated Oklahoma State today to advance to the finals in the Charleston Classic. Shevon Thompson and Jaire Grayer led the way as the Patriots fought off a big run by the Cowboys. Grayer finished with 23 points and made some bigs shots down the strech. Marquise Moore was also a big part of Mason closing things out down the stretch, he finished with 8 assists. Really what we are seeing here is a confident team who knows how to fight. Today they hit a season-high 11 3-pointers, a big surprise from what we had seen before this tournament.
This tournament has proved how important Shevon Thompson is to this team being successful this season. At his best Thompson is a real match-up problem and a threat in the post. Couple that with young guards who aren’t afraid to take big shots and we have ourselves a ball club. If they continue to win the rebounding battle they can win games with this type of offense.
Marko Gujanicic continues to look like a new player, he might be the leader this team has been lacking in prior years. He’s a smart player who does the little things that help Dave Paulsen teams win. He’s a few outside jumpers away from being one of the top scorers on this team.