Wow what a finish. George Mason in-bounded the ball with only five seconds remaining and Otis Livingston II hit a three-pointer from way out to seal the win 81-79. Otis has been playing his best basketball of the season lately and he had 5-of-6 shooting on three-pointers and a game high 25 points in this one. Justin Kier had his first ever double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. This was a nice rebound game from the beating that Davidson gave them last weekend and now they are right in the thick of it in the Atlantic 10 standings at 2-2.
George Mason picked up their second win of the season against Binghamton last night with Otis Livingston II scoring 19 points. Mason struggled in the first half with Jaire Grayer getting into some early foul trouble. He ended the half with zero points and they were down six at halftime. Binghamton had early success shooting the ball but Mason’s defensive adjustments in the second half held to them to 26% shooting from the field. They worked much harder in the second half to keep Binghamton off the boards and ended the game out-rebounding them 36-29, Grayer led everyone grabbing 10.
GRAYER THREE WEEK pic.twitter.com/g7DiFSXsXQ
— Ryan Kish (@gmuhoops) November 17, 2017
George Mason lost to Saint Louis yet again last night, 76-74 on a last second bucket in double overtime. It was a heartbreaking loss even despite the fact that Mason didn’t play well for most of the game. Marquise Moore was not himself and they had to go without him for most of the second half and the overtime periods due to an illness. Otis Livingston II picked up the lack and had one of his best shooting nights of his career. He went 10-for-15 from the field and was 5-of-7 on three-pointers. Jalen Jenkins had a tough time getting going in the post with the fact that the refs were really letting both teams play, especially late in the game. But where they lost this game was on defense as they allowed the Billikens wide open looks most of the night. Yes, they only made 8-of-28 from behind the arch but rotations were just bad last night and it led to a lot of opportunity for Saint Louis.
George Mason continues to be road warriors as they won another one today in Amherst to beat UMass again 76-74. It came down to the last possession with Mason’s seniors Jalen Jenkins and Marquise Moore making key plays down the stretch to secure the win for Mason. Jenkins had a key defensive stop against UMass big man Rashaan Holloway and Moore had a key basket to maintain the lead:
Clearout for Marquise and he goes to work!
— Mason Basketball (@MasonMBB) January 28, 2017
Otis Livingston II however carried Mason most of the way in this one and has bounced back nicely these last two games from a bit of a slump. He led Mason with 22 points and helpled the offense run smooth as they finished with 17 assists. As a team they only had five total assists against George Washington. Jalen Jenkins, not being in constant foul trouble, was a big difference for them as well. He played 31 minutes and scored 15 points, had 12 rebounds, and three assists. They are so much better when he stays in the game for longer periods. With Jenkins playing more minutes it was less of a roll of the dice between the backup forwards. Only Troy Temara played among them and showed improvement while giving some of his best minutes of the season. But in the end they need Jenkins to be that rock in the middle to be competitive up front.
We mentioned recently about Otis Livingston II doing well in summer league action. Here are two GIFs that will make you wish the start of season was a bit closer.
Freshman Otis Livingston II, who we may sometimes forget is a freshman because of how confident he plays, earned a spot on the Atlantic 10’s All-Rookie team. Livingston had to be in the running for conference Rookie of the Year honors as well, but was beat out by Fordham’s Joseph Chartouny. Chartouny led the conference in assists and was a big part of Fordham’s turnaround this season. To me, Livingston was a more valuable player to his team than Chartouny but theses awards are typically statistic and results driven. Just more bulletin board material for Otis who continues to amaze us with his progression this season. Also an argument could be made for Jaire Grayer to be on this All-Rookie team as I don’t understand how Saint Joe’s Lamarr Kimble made it. Congrats and a well deserved honor for Otis.