George Mason continues dominance over Richmond with 93-70 win

DSC_3687George Mason is now fighting for position in the top of the A-10 standings after a blowout 93-70 win over Richmond last night. They have now beaten Richmond five straight times and have won 10 of 12 meetings against them. Marquise Moore picked up his 16th double-double on the season (22 points, 12 rebounds) and Jalen Jenkins scored 17 while joining Mason’s 1000-point career club. Freshman Karmari Newman who recently returned from a three game suspension, came in to provide a big lift off the bench, scoring a career-high 12 points. Mason overcame a turnover filled first half by controlling the game in the paint and at the free-throw line. They went 29-for-32 at the line while only allowing the Spiders eight total free-throw attempts. So here’s an update on that famous stat again, Mason is now 15-3 when they make at least 15 free-throw attempts in a game.

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Mason never stopped attacking and while Richmond furiously fought back with quick baskets and cutting the lead to single digits, Mason continued to draw contact and get points at the rim. They also had a 2-to-1 advantage on rebounds for the night, further showing their dominance in the paint and continued tough effort on the glass. Moore’s jumping ability to get some of these rebounds is still amazing to watch, even though we have seen him do this all season long. If Mason continues to play at this level and this style, they will be one of the most feared teams in Atlantic 10 tournament. Definitely did not think before the season started that I’d be writing that last sentence in mid February.

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The key for Mason now is that they have finally found some consistency within conference play and are even being dominate on their home court. They have now won 5 of their last 6 and have scored 93 or more points twice during that stretch while now boasting at top 85 offense on Kenpom. In conference only games they have the 4th most efficient offense while leading in three-point shooting.

Instead of scoring droughts, that plagued them at times earlier in the season, they now go on big runs, especially in the second halves of games. They were like a freight train in this game and just kept going. When it happens they frustrate teams and you even saw Richmond head coach Chris Mooney get a technical in this one. Moore and Jenkins force teams to put a body on them to stop them and it often doesn’t go well for opponents.┬áThe confidence in their game is very high right now and they are playing extremely well as a team on both ends. This will certainly be put to the test in their next two games versus Rhode Island and at Dayton.

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[Photos by Bill Bride]

  • Days of Yates

    I’d say the roller coaster is picking up speed into the straightaway! We do have some tough tests coming up, but no one should overlook us. I feel dumb asking this question, (but then again, when has this question ever been relevant for Mason since we joined the A10??) but is it the top 4 teams that earn a bye in the tournament, the top 6 or what?

  • gmusigs

    Riding this hot streak and playing at home, I think there is a good chance we beat URI saturday, should be a good crowd as well. VCU and Dayont I’m uncertain about but we are still going to be in the mix for top 5 in the standings. Let’s hope Mason is finding consistency and getting hot at just the right time!

  • Gunston98

    URI plays much better defense than we’ve seen over these last four games, I think it will be a battle but we will grind it out at the foul line on Saturday.

    • Chris Hirsch

      Apparently they can’t score, 43 points at home to Fordham? What an overrated pile of poo that team is.

  • Carl Orr

    As long as they don’t have to play St. Louis in the tournament…

  • Gamoo79

    Watched the game on MASN from Richmond. Cline is really good but he had also talked about how they were going to “bring it” (or something to that effect) to us in Fairfax. At the end of the game close ups made him look like he was getting ready to cry.
    When I was coaching kids when my kids were growing up, I always told them to keep their mouths shut before the games.
    Maybe Cline never learned that lesson.

  • Leedy1896

    When the season began, I never dreamed that I’d be waiting this long to make travel/hotel plans for Pittsburgh

  • Michael Nagy

    I know as fans we should never do this, but those two losses to St. Louis are killing me. Mason could be sitting at 10-3 in the conference and a game out of first place right now. I fully realize, though, that going from where they’ve been to the top of the conference is a phenomenal job by Paulsen and the staff. By the way, Brad Edwards doesn’t get enough credit for this hire. Sneaky good!