Mason handles Davidson on the road

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George Mason finally broke their win-loss-win-loss pattern last night in Atlantic 10 play with a road win over Davidson 76-69. It was a big win because now they are 6-5 in the conference and have a real chance to finish in the top half of the standings. Mason again relied almost entirely on their starters with players still serving suspensions and got another big night from the group. They started out missing a lot of easy looks in the first half but maintained a lead. In the second half seniors Jalen Jenkins and Marquise Moore carried Mason down the stretch with key basket after key basket. The battle in the paint, rebounding and getting to the free-throw line was a big reason Mason was able to control the game and beat Davidson’s defensive efforts. They went 17-for-18 from the free-throw line with Otis Livingston II going 6-for-6 from there. Mason is now 13-3 when they make at least 15 free-throw attempts. Also Moore continued to show why he’s an all-conference player by taking over late (seven points in the final minute) and had another night were he made multiple three-pointers. This turned out to be the game-winner:

The team got another great balanced attack from Moore, Jenkins, Otis, and Grayer. Moore and Jenkins have carried this team a lot this season but that coupled with Otis and Grayer being more efficient on offense is when this team is really rolling. Jenkins was really a big force in the post and scored 19 of his team-high 23 points in the second half. His effort and relentless attacking down low gave the Wildcats fits all night:

Hopefully Mason is starting to find some consistency because they now have a much tougher end to their schedule. They still have to face Dayton, Rhode Island, and VCU again before the season is over and the game at George Washingston always seem to be tough for them. When the starters play as well as they have in these last two games, I think they are a tough out for any A-10 team. The issue is are we going to see this continued shorter line-up and can they sustain the same level each night with certain guys logging so many minutes? I like the shorten bench as it is but is it realistic with seven games left in the regular season? That will be the big question as the season winds down to the conference tournament in Pittsburgh.

[Photo by Tim Cowie]

  • Masonfan01

    I like how they controlled the game and really took charge on offense. They looked so confident, hope it continues. Some pretty good minutes from Relvao last night as well.

  • StopWearingPurple

    First the Wizards and now Mason. It is the year of the winning streak!

  • Gunston98

    We are now guaranteed a winning season after this latest victory, sure feels good to say that. I like our starters playing more, the freshmen can be iffy at times. We really just need Moore to stay healthy and Jenkins to stay out of foul trouble and we can probably do damage in the A-10 tournament.

  • Chris Hirsch

    Stupid Vegas making Mason double digit underdogs. Really amazing how good on the road this team is, it is so hard to win conference games on the road.

    Also crazy, another absurd win for VCU last night.

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  • Michael Nagy

    Isn’t it about time Coach Paulsen gets some love for A-10 Coach of the Year?