George Mason finally beats George Washington in #RevRivalry

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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  • G-n-G

    Easily the best all-around game I’ve seen this season. Also nice to see them shake off what could have been a hangover from the Fordham game they probably felt they should have won. As Goanar seems to have a little bit of a wall, it helps a lot that Greg, Jevon, and AJ have stepped up. With his athleticism, defensive instincts, and quick-release on 3-pointers, Jevon may end up being the best of this class.

  • Foolsrushin63

    Nice balanced effort, only Mar struggled, as he has been the last few games. When we don’t have to count on Livingston and Grayer to do most of the scoring, this is a much better team. GW, however, played a poor game — couldn’t shoot and did not exploit height advantage. I am surprised they tried the same strategy as last time of putting Watanabe on Livingston. We were ready for that with some nice screens and ball movement. GW had to figure that wouldn’t work twice, but maybe not. In any event good solid win.

    • Masonfan01

      Mar struggles are disappointing, I had thought he’d be in the running for A-10 freshman of the year by now. What happened to his three-point shooting?

  • Gamoo79

    This team certainly does have bounce-backabilility 🙂
    Maybe because they’re too young to let the pressure get to them.
    Otis sure seems loose all the time.

    Not getting my hopes up (did that before), but beating GW sure was nice.

    BTW, I didn’t see the individual stats. Who missed so many free throws?

    • StopWearingPurple

      Everyone not named Otis was about 50% from the line. Otis went 4-4 late in the game to hold off a surging GW team and secure the win

      • Gamoo79

        Kinda what I figured. Thanks SWP.

  • TonyD

    Great to see the resilience after that devastating loss to Fordham, they’ve got to find a way to keep playing this balanced approach for rest of the games

  • Gamoo79

    I know I said it before, and I probably jinxed us; but, since hope springs eternal for lovers and sports fans, I must say it again…
    We have a decent shot at winning the next two games, and cementing a non-play-in position.

    What a great boost of optimism that would be as we go into the final turn of the regular season!! Pleeeease!

  • Gamoo79

    Well, two in a row, three out of four. Are we finally turning the corner?
    Next up, 7-7 in conference.

    • Chris Hirsch

      Next two road games are winnable, will say a lot about this team how they fare in those. If they beat LaSalle it will be their first three game winning streak this season!