Mason runs past Binghamton in the second half

George Mason picked up their second win of the season against Binghamton last night with Otis Livingston II scoring 19 points. Mason struggled in the first half with Jaire Grayer getting into some early foul trouble. He ended the half with zero points and they were down six at halftime. Binghamton had early success shooting the ball but Mason’s defensive adjustments in the second half held to them to 26% shooting from the field. They worked much harder in the second half to keep Binghamton off the boards and ended the game out-rebounding them 36-29, Grayer led everyone grabbing 10.

Some takeaways:

-Bench scoring at last. Mason finally got points from their bench with Javon Greene getting the first ones of the season. He played the most minutes of the reserves and is starting to look a bit more comfortable. However he still took some erratic shots. Greg Calixte got his first career points also last night, still looks a bit raw out there but I think he’ll continue to get more reps over these next couple of games.

-Otis broke out of his funk. He didn’t have a great game at Louisville so it was very encouraging to see him led the way last night. He was scoring early and often and hit some big shots. Now he just needs to get back to the free-throw line more often.

-Mar continues to impress. Freshman Goanar (Go) Mar has had an impressive start to his college career. He’s been forced to play out of position at the five and guard guys much bigger than him. Defensively he’s been holding his own and on offense he’s been shooting the ball well from multiple spots. Finished with 16 points in this one.

-Team rebounding. Much like last year, they will have to have to out-work opposing teams on the boards because of their size disadvantage. Before this game assistant coach Duane Simpkins said they would have to “gang rebound” meaning all five guys need to be crashing the boards on every shot. They did a good job of that in the second half and Jaire Grayer is definitely filling that Marquise Moore role in this area.

Post game video:

  • J Leny

    nice little comeback win. keep the momentum going Saturday before Cancun!

  • Ben Simpson

    Binghamton made their gameplan very clear early, they were going to attack Mason inside. Patriots recovered nicely in the second half, got the other team in foul trouble, hit some huge shots, etc. BUT it still seems like a glaring weakness is going to be defending the post. Is there any answer to this, or do we just ride it out this season?

    • gmusigs

      They are going to have to ride it out. I think they saw in this one they need to play smarter in the first half. Team’s with more size are going to try to pound it inside and they need deny the ball in the paint as much as possible.

      • Ben Simpson

        It seemed there was a huge tempo shift in the second half too. Team seemed a bit sluggish, even with bringing the ball up against the press in the first. Second half they pushed the pace a TON, worked out well.

        • SkinsGMU

          Paulsen teams are usually slow as hell in terms of tempo, but I like seeing them go at a faster one this year at times. Seems like he needs to embrace the athleticism in their starting five more.

  • Foolsrushin63

    Great second half both in effort and adjustments. Nice to finally see some production from the bench. Mar showing a lot of poise for a freshman. The others need to catch up. Still too much “deer in the headlights” from these guys. Binghamton did themselves no favors as, for some reason they stopped crashing the offensive boards in the second half and just went back on defense after they shot. They also folded in the last four minutes, although we played our best basketball of the game at that point as well. Nice to see the enthusiasm from the crowd, even thought it was a smallish one.

    • mason2004

      Yeah I’m not impressed much with how lost the other freshmen look besides Mar. I don’t think its realistic for our starters to all play 38 minutes.

  • Gamoo79

    Free throws.

    • gmuhoops

      Good point, I forgot to add this because I wanted to comment on it. Still leaving a ton of points on the court there, 52% on the year is a bad start. I think they’ll shake this off when their in Cancun, at least I hope.