GW shuts down Otis Livingston II, George Mason

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George Mason just cannot seem to beat George Washington. The Patriots haven’t beaten the Colonials since 2010 and have never won on the road at Foggy Bottom. GW’s Yuta¬†Watanabe gave Mason fits last year on both ends but his presence last night was more impactful than ever as he shadowed Otis Livingston II. The end result was Livingston not scoring his first points til late in the second half, being held to just three points and committing five turnovers. Jaire Grayer was also limited for the majority of the game and was also non-existent in the first half. Other players were going good early, Boyd, Kier, and Mar and overall they were shooting the ball well. However the points off turnovers dug them into a hole they couldn’t get out of. GW finished with 29 points off 18 Mason turnovers.

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Otis was playing a very high level before this game and GW was able to frustrate him early. In the end it was too much for Mason to have to overcome. Ian Boyd and Javon Greene played some good minutes and helped spark a few runs but then they ran into scoring droughts. The team has been living and dying in A-10 play by Grayer and Otis’ three-point shooting and then it’s off they have trouble reaching 70+ points. I don’t like how reliant they are on those two players but it’s where they currently are.

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As a team a lot of the younger guys are improving. Greg Calixte is providing some stability up front and Boyd and Greene have found good roles off the bench. But inconsistencies and turnovers are killing them on both ends of the court this year. They still struggle to get stops when they are in trouble and rely on late game heroics on the offensive end far too much.

  • Chris Hirsch

    GW’s biggest margin of victory this season, tough loss to swallow. Can’t call something a rivalry when it is so one sided. Maybe Homecoming and a big crowd will finally get Mason over the hump when they play them again.

  • Gamoo79

    29 points off turnovers. For crying out loud!

    In other news, how would you like to be Mike Rhoades (VCU coach) right now? Those fans are spoiled and I don’t think it will take much more of this to bring out the boo birds.

    • Chris Hirsch

      Very odd result as Richmond is terrible. Disappointing thing is the A-10 is so down this year, wish Mason could take advantage. A10 is looking at being a 1 bid league unless someone besides Rhode Island won the conference tournament.

      • G-n-G

        I’d attribute half that result to familiarity. UR and VCU always play each other. More generally, Richmond may be playing itself into shape. Read somewhere they’re the only team in the country with 5 players averaging double figures. That balance can give a team options if one or two guys are off.

  • GMURULES

    What is up with A.J. Wilson. Read so much promise and all the guy does is block shots all over the court when he is in, but he sees very little playing time.

    • gmuhoops

      He has the flu and missed this game. But overall he’s still a raw player

  • Foolsrushin63

    Bad matchup for us, plus any team watching us lately knows if you shut Livingston and Grayer down, we are in a tough spot. I suspect we will see a lot of teams play us like GW did last night for the rest of the year. Other guys have to step up and take the pressure off these two.

    • Gamoo79

      I’ve been hoping for that myself, but it doesn’t look like Boyd or Kier have the talent, and everyone else is a freshman.
      Gotta trust in DP’s two-year team scheme…and hope he’s right.

    • G-n-G

      Yeah, GW is just always so tall and long. Passes that would be fine against many teams end up getting deflected or stolen. That doesn’t excuse a great deal of bad decision making I saw last night, but it has been a factor for years playing GW.

  • StopWearingPurple

    Trust the process (shows self out).

  • Gamoo79

    Ryan, I read about Colin Cowherd’s latest GMU rant on your twitter.
    Cowherd’s an egotistical blowhard who thinks he’s never wrong and has hated Mason since we made our run. He brings us up several times a year.

    I wonder if he recognizes the irony that his continued criticism just shows what an impact we DID make on the tourney stage. After all, 12 years, and he’s STILL talking about us. Thanks Colin, for the continued free publicity!!

  • Gamoo79

    Been wondering why we continued to go inside against Duquesne when everything was getting blocked and we weren’t drawing any fouls. Lots of the shots didn’t even seem like shots at all. They were almost throwing the ball up and hoping for something good to happen. Too bad none of them are named Marquise Moore.

    Was it the players decision? Did DP tell them to keep doing it?
    Not that we would have won, but I about tore my hair out every time we drove inside. Same results over and over and over.