Another conference win at home yesterday for George Mason as they took down Saint Louis in a game that came down to the wire. Otis Livingston II (26 points) and Jaire Grayer (25 points) led Mason to this win with freshman Greg Calixte also being a big factor in the middle. Calixte continuing to be play strong up front, on both ends, has been a big difference maker for the team. He’s scoring in the post, blocking shots, and getting tough rebounds. Mason now sits at 3-2 in the Atlantic 10 with a lot of tough games still to play but still right in the thick of it within the conference.
Three-point shooting continues to improve, largely in part to Grayer and Otis, and they getting the shots when they need them. Points in the paint is still the bread and butter of their offense and Otis continues to find guys in just the right places:
Grayer with the and one, great pass from Otis pic.twitter.com/c5VeXdPCzm
— Ryan Kish (@gmuhoops) January 13, 2018
The Grayer and Otis combo can be tough for opponents to deal with but Mason needs more from their other players. Guys like Mar and Boyd have been streaky scorers, and Mason having their two best players logging 38-40 minutes every night could lead to some off games. Also, defensively Mason still have a lot of work to do because Saint Louis never should have reached more than 70ish points. Yet somehow the Billikens were shooting the lights out it seemed for a team that has some of the worst eFG% and three-point shooting numbers in the nation. Despite that, Mason battled back just like they did against Saint Joes but they shouldn’t be putting themselves in these positions. They need to find a way to clamp down and make stops in the second half.
Overall I how they are playing as a team lately, with the turnovers starting to become less and less of an issue. Kier, Boyd, and Mar have all shown their potential at different times this season but it’s rare we see it all come together at the same time. I hoping that is something we start to see come together by the end of this month but we’ll see.