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.
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.
[Photos by Bill Bride]