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.
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.
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.