Mason uses strong second half to beat Saint Joseph’s on the road

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Last night George Mason improved to 2-2 in the Atlantic 10 and got their first ever win over Saint Joseph’s. It was a close game at the half but Mason played very well in the second and got another stellar performance from Marquise Moore. Moore had 24 points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists and became┬ájust the second player in Mason history to post 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists in a career. You may remember Cam Long reached this feat a few years ago. Mason was able to overcome Jalen Jenkins fouling out early and made some critical shots in the last three minutes including a three-pointer from Otis Livingston II. They finished the night shooting 50% from field and had the edge on free-throw attempts and the boards. They also got good contributions from Ian Boyd, Justin Kier, and Karmari Newman who again showed off his three-point shooting.

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It was another gritty win and they had to fight hard late in the second to get the victory. But once again, another important road win for this team, especially at Saint Joe’s which is always a tough place to play. They turned over the ball a lot early and had some breakdowns on defense but they continue to be a second half team this year. Jenkins foul situation could have really killed them but Daniel Relvao and Troy Temara played fairly mistake free minutes when they were called upon. Paulsen opted to go with five guards late in the game, which I think was the right move. But they are a better team with Jenkins on the floor:

Now Mason has a stretch of winnable conference games that can move them up in the standings. The next five games are Saint Louis, at Richmond, George Washington, at UMass, and at Saint Louis.

Post game thoughts from Dave Paulsen:

  • Chris Hirsch

    I think 3-2 in the next five is certainly attainable.

  • Gamoo79

    This may be completely wrong, so please take me to task if it is, but Relvao looks like his feet are in concrete and his shots look like bricks. I’m sure he is a good kid and is working very hard, but it seems to me he’s just a big taking up space.
    Ryan mentioned he played mistake free. I agree, but if that’s his ceiling, we’re in trouble.

    Please somebody tell me I’m wrong. I hope I am.

    • ricandersen

      I’ll wait for someone more knowledgeable to weigh in, but Relvao is a freshman. So I imagine his ceiling is higher than playing “mistake free.”

      My philosophy is that most freshman are overwhelmed at the level-of-play increase from high school to college. So if a freshman is already playing mistake free, that puts him ahead of the curve.

    • Gunston98

      I agree with your assessment, right now he just a body to come in and rebound in the middle when Jenkins is in foul trouble. He’s not turning over the ball too much but also isn’t doing a whole lot either. They are limited on offense when he’s out there. They must view him as a project.