Until yesterday George Mason had never beaten George Washington since joining the Atlantic 10 conference five years ago. Mason gave the homecoming crowd a good one as they finally took care of the Colonials to make the #RevRivalry an actual rivalry. The Patriots had a very balanced night from just about everyone and didn’t have to heavily rely on just Otis Livingston II. Justin Kier and Javon Greene came up big in the second half and they were able to beat GW’s zone by hitting 7-of-17 on three-pointers and getting to the free-throw line.
Livingston II started off hot scoring five early points to open the game and this time wasn’t shut down by GW’s Watanabe. He finished the game with 14 points and nine assists and kept the offense moving all game long. The difference in this one compared to their last meeting seemed to be Mason doing a better job with high ball screens to switch Watanabe around on defense. Grayer helped make some key shots and was aggressive in the paint scoring 12 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. It was nice to see a win where neither Otis or Grayer had to score 20+ points to seal it.
Javon Greene had seven points and seven rebounds in 20 minutes and had some big moments. He’s really starting to consistently improve and be a reliable option off the bench. Fellow freshman Greg Calixte was also strong in the middle and had some big blocks. AJ Wilson seemed to be everywhere on the court and his touch around the rim gave them a bunch of second chance points.
After the disappointing loss on the road at Fordham it was great to see his young group bounce so quickly. At this moment they are still just two games out from being near the top of the A-10 standings. They have a chance to make a push in these next two weeks but will have to find some consistency. They need to find a way to keep this balanced play going and be aggressive getting to the free-throw line.
Post game presser:
Photo gallery by Bill Bride: