Mason edges out Duquesne on senior night

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George Mason escaped with a win on senior night narrowly edging past Duquesne 63-62. It came down to the last possession but Mason was able to get the win and recover on a night where they had a tough time from 3-point range. They missed their first 16 or so attempts from there but were able to offset that with 18 points off turnovers. Overall it wasn’t a great came for the Patriots. There were a lot of bad possessions, lapses on defense, and bad shooting for most of the game. The effort didn’t seem great either and the early missed shots seemed to slowly eat away at their energy. Struggling for offense at times, freshmen Ian Boyd and Karmari Newman provided a lift but in the end only Otis Livingston II and Jalen Jenkins finished in double figures.

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Certainly not what we had hoped to see with Mason’s last home game and only one regular season game remaining on the year. Now they will travel to Richmond to play at VCU before the conference tournament in Pittsburgh. They seem to have been having trouble getting back to what has worked for them for most of the season. Lately they’ve been looking for the three-pointer too quick and not working the ball into the paint first. The effort on the glass, outside of Marquise Moore has also been dropping off and in fact the Dukes had the slight edge in this game. Defensively they are giving too much space and allowing a ton of second chance opportunities.

It looks like Mason will finish between 6-8 in the final standings depending on what happens this weekend. Would sure be nice to knock off VCU on the road and take that energy into the tournament.

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[Photos by Bill Bride]

  • Gamoo79

    Alas, crawling into the Siegal Center on fumes. Don’t know what the reason is, but our fire seems to have gone out (fatigue?).
    Maybe we can feed off the poor sportsmanship (i mean energy) of the VCU crowd and the excitement of the tourney to get our mojo back.
    Then again, maybe not.
    We’ll see…..

    • dsnjd1

      No….you meant “poor sportsmanship”.

      • Gamoo79

        Yes, you are right, I did indeed.

  • gmurva

    Anyone coming down for the game on Saturday is welcome to join alumni and fans at Isley Brewing Company for pregame. See the MasonRVA blog post for details.
    http://www.masonrva.com/pregame-isley-brewing/

  • dsnjd1

    Oh’ BTW.. our old Nemesis ..Shaka “Zulu” Smart isn’t having the same success this year as last at Texas. Shaka’s team has lost last SIX STRAIGHT game is now 10-20 (0-11 on the road). Interestingly, one of those losses was to Kent State, who Mason BEAT early in the year. Maybe “the Zulu Man” will become the third ex VCU coach to be fired form a big Football School (Anthony Grant/ Alabama and Jeff Capel /Oklahoma). Logically, look for Will Wade to leave VCU in the next few years and sign a contract with another Enormous State University (Ode to Tank MacNamara ) for big bucks, and then be fired about five years later and end up an Assistant Coach somewhere. That seems to be the pattern.

    • Gamoo79

      Tank McNamara!! Wow, that goes back. Far out!!

    • Chris Hirsch

      I commend your persistence on including this in every post, haha.

  • gmurva

    Since we beat both La Salle and Davidson isn’t 7 the worst we can do now? Really want the 6pm game.

    • Gunston98

      Here is the breakdown:
      6 seed if win and GW loss
      7 seed if GW win
      7 seed if loss and GW loss and La Salle loss
      8 seed if loss and GW loss and La Salle win

      • gmurva

        Thanks. The 3 team tie rule is tricky. Go Fordham!

  • Chris Hirsch

    Team is clearly running on fumes. Don’t have very high hopes for the rest of the season but whatever happens, this season has been far greater than I had ever imagined, and a good building block for the rebuild to true contention.

  • Gamoo79

    Today’s Richmond Times-Dispatch had an entire article devoted to VCU’s recent 3 point shooting woes. If past is indeed prelude, we can surely count on the Rams raining threes on us in buckets. Seems like most teams find their shooting touch against us.