The second season for George Mason didn’t look much different than the first one last night as the Patriots dropped their Atlantic 10 opener on the road to Rhode Island 83-64. Mason continues to come out flat in the first halves of games this year and then try to catch up in the second. The team also continues to struggle mightily shooting the ball and three point shooting is almost non-existent. Justin Kier lead all Mason players with 15 points and has been their most consistent player of late, but has yet to hit a three-pointer this season. Mason is trotting out a guard-heavy lineup that can’t shoot threes and having trouble in all areas on defense. That’s just not good. They could sure use a guy like Jeff Dowtin.
Jaire Grayer has now had a stretch where he’s been held to 10 or less points in three out of the last five games. I just don’t see Mason winning many games with that happening. They’ve got to find a way to get him going more in the early portions of games. The offense seems to be getting in to the paint this season but they just can’t seem to finish. The frustration is leading to some ill-advised long range shooting instead of them going to what they do better. Otis Livingston II continues to force up a lot of shots also because this team is always playing behind.
Mason hasn’t showed us much lately to give us any kind of hope that they can turn this around through the rest of conference. No one really seems to be playing to their full potential and their core guys just aren’t getting it done. There’s a talent and size disadvantage that they face in almost every game from now tilt he end of the season but they faced this issue last year and looked way better. Last year’s team played much better overall as a team and guys seemed to know their roles more. This year I worry they are still looking to find their identify.