George Mason have only won twice in of their last seven games including a loss last night to Georgia Southern. Mason looked bad on both ends, turning over the ball 21 times (!) and shooting 28% from the field and 17% on three-pointers. Otis Livingston II and Grayer combined for 12 points, difficult for Mason to get anything going with each of these guys having an off night. AJ Wilson came in and played a lot of good minutes and picked up his first career double-double (13 pts, 10 reb) and we saw Kier being more assertive on offense. It still appears that Dave Paulsen is figuring things out with this year’s limited roster but right they really seem to lack perimeter defense and a go-to scorer on offense.
Heading into this season I knew we’d see games like this when both Otis and Grayer aren’t on for that particular night. The freshmen are improving but are still providing spotty performances here and there. Justin Kier and Ian Boyd are starting to look like they don’t know their roles on this team and that’s something Paulsen needs to fix before conference play begins.
On offense I don’t really understand what they are trying to do. They seem to settle for jumpers way too often and always pull back on fast break opportunities. I get that Paulsen wants to play a slow tempo given the depth but I don’t see how they are going to put points on the board if this continues. They are an average three-point shooting team at best and don’t really have a go to shooter. I’d rather see them take the risk of a few early fouls and drive to the basket more for points and more free-throw attempts. That to me seems like the strength of this team. If you’re forced to play small ball, why not really embrace the small ball on offense?
Post game video from Georgia Southern game: