Mason falls to VCU in Atlantic 10 quarterfinals


First of all, George Mason basketball exceeded expectations this season and overachieved to a 20-win campaign that has brought this program new life. How Dave Paulsen got these guys to buy into his system of hard work, especially on the glass and on defense, is nothing short of amazing. What a turnaround and yeah it sure would have been nice to finally knock VCU out a conference tournament but the program just isn’t there yet. But boy did this group fight, all season long. Seniors Marquise Moore and Jalen Jenkins tried to keep Mason in this one late but fell short. Moore set an A-10 tournament record averaging 18 rebounds a game but his 11 points just weren’t enough. As a team they didn’t let turnovers or VCU’s big front line beat them but they failed to shoot the ball well when they needed it, especially on three-pointers.


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Marquise Moore continues to put up ‘mind-boggling’ stats

DSC_0715Marquise Moore seems to be on track to a first-team all-conference selection at the end of this season. His unique style for a guard his size has caught the attention of a lot of folks in the college basketball world and it’s been a fun story line to follow this season. Here is the latest ‘well how about that’ stat from the Atlantic 10’s Chris DiSano:

“Moore does all of his destruction inside the arc, making his numbers that much more impressive. He’s made exactly zero three point shots on the season, only attempting seven. He ranks sixth in the league in scoring and is the only player in the top 10 to not have made at least 20 three-point shots.”

It is amazing that Moore can continue to score at such a high level, as a guard in today’s college hoops game, without three-pointers. On top of that he’s got 50 more rebounds than the next closest A-10 competitor for the league lead in that statistic. Wow.

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Mason uses strong second half to beat Saint Joseph’s on the road


Last night George Mason improved to 2-2 in the Atlantic 10 and got their first ever win over Saint Joseph’s. It was a close game at the half but Mason played very well in the second and got another stellar performance from Marquise Moore. Moore had 24 points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists and became just the second player in Mason history to post 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists in a career. You may remember Cam Long reached this feat a few years ago. Mason was able to overcome Jalen Jenkins fouling out early and made some critical shots in the last three minutes including a three-pointer from Otis Livingston II. They finished the night shooting 50% from field and had the edge on free-throw attempts and the boards. They also got good contributions from Ian Boyd, Justin Kier, and Karmari Newman who again showed off his three-point shooting.


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Mason rolls on past Prairie View to make it nine in a row


George Mason extended their winning streak to nine games after a Thursday afternoon win over Prairie View A&M. It was a sloppy game for the Patriots as they turned over the ball 20 times but were strong on the defensive end to make up for it. Despite some of the sloppy plays they got back on track in the second half and dominated the boards and the battle at the free-throw line. Marquise Moore and Otis Livingston II carried the team on offense and gave us this beauty:

Although Moore and Livingston shouldered the scoring load, it was a balanced attack on all other areas. Justin Kier and Ian Boyd played a lot of great minutes, each collecting six rebounds and contributing to Mason’s tough defense. The domination on the glass is incredible, I don’t care who you are playing, final advantage was 59-29. The recipe to win for Mason is simple and they are forcing their brand onto other teams.


So now Mason has had their final tune-up before the showdown with VCU on Friday night. Something that is interesting leading into that game is that Mason has had a lot more possessions over the last couple of games. Yes, it’s against some lower competition but these teams are pressing them and they are turning up the tempo and making opponents pay. VCU will press all day on defense and while I wouldn’t want to see the entire game be played at that pace, I think Mason is more than ready to face that style and take advantage. The Rams have been coughing up the ball a lot more than Mason has and winning the battle on the glass and getting to the free-throw should be the big keys for Mason.

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Marquise Moore ‘knows who he is’


It’s great to see the program finally back in the national spotlight during this current winning streak. Today Seth Davis had a little write-up on Marquise Moore in his mailbag on after a fan asked on twitter when Moore was going to get the national recognition he deserves. No one should be overlooking him at this point because his improvement on his game this season goes far behind just rebounding the ball better. Moore is one of just 11 players to post a triple-double this season and the first player this season to post 15+ points, 15+ rebounds, and 10+ assists in a game. And then there’s this:

“Through 11 games this season, Marquise Moore is averaging 18.0 points, 10.8 rebounds and 3.7 assists. Since 1993-94, only two players have averaged 18+ points, 10.5+ rebounds and 3.5+ assists over a full college season. They are 2016 NBA Draft No. 1 pick Ben Simmons (LSU) and Jerrelle Benimon (Towson).” – via Game Notes

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Marquise Moore makes history as Mason rolls past Penn for seventh straight win


Another big win today for George Mason on the road at Penn, a game that was very close until the closing minutes. First off, Marquise Moore became the first player in Mason history to record a triple-double (17 points, 16 rebounds, 10 assists). Here’s the assist that gave it to him:

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Mason dominates Penn State


George Mason just won their sixth game in a row after dominating Penn State on the road. Mason dominated the boards and the paint behind a huge game by Marquise Moore. Moore finished with 25 points and 13 rebounds, simply amazing. Jalen Jenkins and Otis Livingston II also had big nights as Mason played their game and forced their brand onto the Nittany Lions. Mason finished shooting over 50% from the field and scoring 44 points in the paint. They owned the boards, scored in the paint at will, and got to the free-throw line; that’s Mason basketball this season. Speaking of the free-throw line, Otis is on a serious streak from there as he went 6-for-6 tonight. But the real difference is the emergence of Marquise Moore and his outstanding play:

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Marquise Moore is off to an incredible start


We are about a quarter of the way into the 2016-17 season and it is already looking like a big year for senior Marquise Moore. The incredible part about his hot start is that he is filling a rebounding need from the point guard position; an area that this off-season seemed like a weakness for George Mason. Through eight games they have made it their strength, beating opponents to the glass without size but effort and tenacity. Moore has been a leader in that area, driving the lane with or without the ball in his hands making things happen for the Patriots. Typically you would expect your point guard to fill up the stat sheet in other areas, three-pointers, assists, and so on. Moore has adapted into a new kind of floor general and it’s the one Mason needs right now.

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The story behind Marquise Moore’s “unusual” jump shot

Moore march 2014

Marquise Moore is the fastest guy on the team and has no trouble cutting through the lane to the basket. However, I’m often asked how a kid this talented, at this level, has such an unusual or ugly looking jump shot. He didn’t take many outside jumpers last season but when he did, it mostly wasn’t pretty. It was so bad that when George Washington came to the Patriot Center their opening strategy on defense was to guard everyone else except Moore, in hopes that he would take the open jumper. Turns out Moore’s shooting motion is actually the result of an injury he sustained during his senior year of high school.

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