Marquise Moore makes history as Mason rolls past Penn for seventh straight win

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Another big win today for George Mason on the road at Penn, a game that was very close until the closing minutes. First off, Marquise Moore became the first player in Mason history to record a triple-double (17 points, 16 rebounds, 10 assists). Here’s the assist that gave it to him:

They have now won seven straight games for the first time since they won 16 in a row back in 2010-11. They already have more road wins than all of last season. Mason was able to take advantage of Penn’s constant attention to their guards which opened things up for Jalen Jenkins down low who finished with 22 points. It was another game where team’s depth and balance was a factor. Otis Livingston II played well and Ian Boyd and Karmari Newman were big off the bench.

They had the advantage on the boards again, no surprise there, and out-worked Penn in the paint. This game would have been even more of a blowout if Mason didn’t miss so many lay-ups early on. Penn was denying them the lane early and Mason responded with hitting mid-range jumpers. It’s been awhile since we’ve seen a Mason team consistently hit those kind of shots.

This was an important game to watch and see how much Mason has grown since last season. They weren’t getting the calls that usually get them free-throws and Penn kept answering with making shots. Again they came out strong in the second half and wouldn’t be denied. They never seem to give up on their constant effort on the boards and took advantage of what Penn was giving them.

Now Mason has two more games before conference play begins against VCU. I don’t know about you but I’m a hell of lot more confident in that game then I was at the beginning of the season.

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[Photo by Bill Bride]

  • gmu2009

    Really liking the winning! Please let this last!

  • Gamoo79

    Every year in college basketball, there’s a team that comes out of nowhere to make everyone sit up and say “wow, those guys are really good”, and who gets the reputation of “the team that nobody wants to play”. Not saying that will be us, (the season is still young) but for the first time since we beat Villanova and had a top 25 preseason ranking (right before Coach L resigned), I feel like we are a team that will be respected and that will bring the dog to the fight everytime we step on the court, and win or lose, that is precisely the kind of team nobody wants to play
    Thanks, Coach Dave.

  • SkinsGMU

    The ability to win back to back road games like this is something I didn’t think we’d see for awhile. Definitely changes how I feel about A-10 play, we should be competitive in the middle of the standings or better!

  • G-n-G

    Three things I really like about this team one-third of the way through the season. First is Marquise saying he has a new attitude toward practices. Second is Otis saying he wants to be 10-3 heading into conference place. Third is Mason’s consistent ability to play better in the second half. It’s notable on offense (in the 7 games since Houston they average 9 more points in the second half) while they keep teams in check on defense (in those same 7 games, opponents average 1 point less in the second half).

    The next two games will be a good test for a coach and young team. Can they keep the same level of intensity against weak opponents?

    • adam2405

      Yeah I certainly hope they don’t look past Longwood and Prairie View, they need to keep this type of play rolling right into their game vs VCU.

  • Petey

    “It’s the first time the Patriots have won their first three on the road in three decades.”

    http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/colleges/penn/20161211_Quakers_overrun_by_George_Mason_at_finish.html

    The fact that we are blowing out teams on the road. Gotta love this.

  • mason2004

    Moore is playing amazing basketball, his effort on both ends is just fantastic. I also have to like the fact that we two players really struggle from the field (Kier, Grayer) and still blew out a good team on the road. This is a real TEAM.

  • Grad2003

    We now have great coaching and commitment from the university ,that’s what it takes to win.

  • gmusigs

    What an amazing feat for Moore and the program. Safe to say none of us predicted his senior season going this way. Watching him out work everybody on the floor has been very fun to watch.

    Paulsen has certainly had a big impact on his game and work ethic: http://gomason.com/news/2016/12/10/mens-basketball-moore-triple-double-lifts-mason-over-penn-79-60.aspx
    “I’ve come into practice with a different mindset this season,” Moore said. “Coach [Paulsen] is helping me a lot with picking my spots and being a leader. He tells me to stay in attack mode. I’ve been more aggressive and have been healthy this season.”

    • Days of Yates

      You took the words out of my mouth, gmusigs. The Paulsen work ethic is really showing through. They play with grit and determination and they seem to wear the other team down as the game goes on. I don’t think VCU presses like they used to do, but it would be interesting to see how they answer that sort of challenge.

      Moore is ripped, and he plays like he means it..

  • Leedy1896

    How do we confirm that’s the first triple double. Is there a hard copy of Mason Records out there? I don’t see it in the on-line version