Mason dominates Penn State


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.

[Photo by Matt O’Haren/USA Today]

  • Days of Yates

    WOW. Great game, full of good shooting and really good work wrestling those shots up from underneath the rim, and in the last 10 minutes we just couldn’t miss.. Early on, one of the PSU announcers said (talking about the home team): “The mark of a great team is to play opponents like this as if you’re playing Duke, to play all out for the entire game, even if you end up winning by 20 points.” EXACTLY. 😉

  • Petey

    Great win, amazing effort. What a clinic they put on tonight, Moore starting to look like a conference POY

  • Joel1204

    Agreed that this team now knows who they are and what their brand is. Fun to watch.

  • gmusigs

    My goodness the only word to describe this George Mason team is effort. Effort like that will win you a lot of games in the A-10 this year! Love it, boy I missed winning!

    • TonyD

      Me too, this is starting to remind me of some of the Larranaga years. Welcome back mason basketball.

      • ScottRandall

        What reminds me of Larranaga is having a game plan, sticking to it but also knowing when to make adjustments. Paulsen definitely made some after the losses to Towson and Mount St Marys, how refreshing to be back to a coach who knows what he’s doing.

  • Grad2003

    Marquise is in beast mode all the time and Otis is quietly having a great season running the point. Team is trending up and I think they will be a tough match up for teams going forward if they can play that hard in the paint every night

  • Gamoo79

    Looks like we’ve found our coach, gang!

    • Quel Esteve

      Agreed. It´s amazing what coach Paulsen is doimg in a relatively short period of time. Can´t wait to see this program in a couple more of years…

  • Chris Hirsch

    Moore is going to be in A10 Player of the Year conversation if he keeps this up. Just incredible effort from him. He bulked up physically and it is paying off, and the improvement of his shot over the past few seasons is a joy to watch. Who knows what awaits Mason the rest of the season, but it feels great to feel actual excitement about the team again for the first time in so many years.

  • Masonfan01

    Paulsen really seems to accept the players we have, knows their strengths and weaknesses and devise a game plan to maximize all their abilities. Really smart coach we are lucky to have.

    • SkinsGMU

      The way he and his staff are growing these players’ games, even seniors Moore & Jenkins is amazing. This staff just knows what it takes and how to win

  • rosswill

    10 games into the season and we are 4th in the A10 and ahead of VCU. I know we are not yet in conference play but it still feels great. Hopefully they can keep up the hard work for the rest of the season.

  • Gamoo79

    Look at the guns on Marquise compared to the 3 psu guys around him. Wow!

  • adam2405

    Relvao filled in nicely with Temara out, hope his foot in that boot isn’t anything too serious. Once Relvao learns how to play without fouling so much he’ll be a big asset. Had some nice blocked shots and screens last night.

    • ScottRandall

      Both need some work on their games but Temara has that big upside because of his athleticism. I thought Otis would be lobbing him alley-oops by now, oh well, speedy recovery Troy!

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