Coming off an impressive run in the Charleston Classic George Mason heads to Manhattan next, the last of their five road game swing. There’s a lot more confidence in this team heading into this game then there was prior to their last true road game at Mercer. Shevon Thompson is a bigger part of the offense and they are shooting well from the outside while being much improved from behind the three-point line. Last year in this home and home series Mason beat Manhattan with the help of a full court heave from Jalen Jenkins. Let’s hope they don’t need that kind of luck tonight.
I’m interested to see how Shevon Thompson plays tonight. There’s now a lot more tape on him this season and Virginia was able to rattle him in the post with constant double teams. The Jaspers have committed a ton of fouls in their first two games so this could be a choppy game with Mason at the free-throw line a lot. That’s not an ideal game plan considering how poorly they have shot the ball from there. They will have to get Thompson the ball in the post with good position to make a play without constantly being sent to the line.
The back court is key for Mason though as we hope to see Otis Livingston and Jaire Grayer continue their hot shooting. The trio of them and Marquise Moore is working well and it needs to because their aren’t any other options on the bench. Defensively they all need to work together better on protecting the wings and perimeter.