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.
[Photo by Bill Bride]