George Mason just won their sixth game in a row after dominating Penn State on the road. Mason dominated the boards and the paint behind a huge game by Marquise Moore. Moore finished with 25 points and 13 rebounds, simply amazing. Jalen Jenkins and Otis Livingston II also had big nights as Mason played their game and forced their brand onto the Nittany Lions. Mason finished shooting over 50% from the field and scoring 44 points in the paint. They owned the boards, scored in the paint at will, and got to the free-throw line; that’s Mason basketball this season. Speaking of the free-throw line, Otis is on a serious streak from there as he went 6-for-6 tonight. But the real difference is the emergence of Marquise Moore and his outstanding play:
Moore makes it look easy but his relentless ability to attack the paint on both ends is really something to watch. Penn State had no answer for him and you could tell it frustrated them. He is prime example of just how confident this team is this season. They stuck to their game plan tonight and forced Penn State to play their brand of basketball. And it seems like Moore’s effort is infectious, just watch freshman Ian Boyd:
We are now seeing a confident team, who knows who they are, and knows how to win basketball games. No one is questioning their smaller lineup now and Jalen Jenkins has proved to be more than reliable in the post so far this season. They grind, get loose balls, and fight for points in the paint. They go right at you and don’t stop; so far it’s been fun to watch.
You have to like what this team is doing and how confident they are playing despite playing a lot of young guys. There has been a lot of growth and we are seeing fewer mistakes each game. Dave Paulsen has this team prepared and playing extremely hard on both ends.
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