Another letdown in Foggy Bottom


George Mason fell to George Washington 83-74 yesterday and has now lost for the eighth straight time to the Colonials since joining the Atlantic 10. The Patriots are now losers of three straight and appear to limping into the conference tournament. Two weeks ago they were in the conversation of competing for a top four spot in the standings and now they are currently looking at an 8 seed if the tournament started today. Otis Livingston II had his least productive game of the season and was benched towards the end of this game, finishing with just two points and four turnovers. Turnovers were again an early issue for Mason and helped to derail an offense that was shooting over 55% on the day. Defensively Mason had the same problems they did against GW earlier in the season. They struggled to cover Yuta Watanabe and Tyler Cavanaugh as the Colonials did a great job exploiting mismatches. Frustrating to watch considering Mason has been the smaller team against essentially every team they’ve played this season but again failed to make adjustments to counter at all what GW was doing. If that had happened all season long Mason would be in the bottom of the A-10.


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Revolutionary Beat Down


George Mason has yet to beat George Washington since joining the Atlantic 10 and last night they were blown out at home by the Colonials. The officiating was pretty awful and made the game nearly unwatchable but Mason still was not able to get anything going on offense all night or make any stops on defense. GW connected on 11-of-19 three-pointers and denied Mason in the paint all night. On both ends of the court Mason looked frustrated and let their early mistakes dictate the rest of their game. They would go on runs to close to gap within single digits but then the Colonials would respond with a three-pointer or easy basket inside each time it seemed. Mason also had trouble defending GW’s bigger players Tyler Cavanaugh and Yuta Watanabe who seemed to score at ease inside.

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George Mason falls in latest #RevRivalry tilt


Well looks like I jinxed the team after I posted this last week. George Mason followed up their impressive win over VCU with two straight losses on the road at La Salle and GW just last night. Both losses were nothing like the VCU game where Mason dominated inside on both ends. Instead it seems they have reverted back to their ill-advised outside shooting woes. GW kept them out of the paint and held Mason’s offense to almost nothing outside of Jaire Grayer. Jalen Jenkins finished with a mere two points while Shevon Thompson struggled with four turnovers. On top of that they lost Marquise Moore again just before the half, it appeared his ankle was bothering him again.

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Mason loses hard fought battle in Revolutionary Rivalry


George Mason came out strong in the second half against George Washington Sunday afternoon but fell short in the closing moments. This team fought til the end in front of a good, energetic crowd at EagleBank Arena. It was an exciting game for the most part as Otis Livingston was driving and dishing all over the court while the teams traded leads. They shot the ball much better in the second half but struggled to get stops at key moments when they were trying to build momentum. They could have also used more offense from Marquise Moore and Shevon Thompson down the stretch, especially when the game was tied with about five minutes to go. Despite Mason having the rebounding edge the game got away from them at the foul line as GW took full advantage of their extra attempts.

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George Mason at George Washington


Someday this whole Revolutionary Rivalry will actually be a rivalry that’s fun to watch, but for now it is a dud as George Mason’s program continues to sink under Paul Hewitt. Meanwhile in Foggy Bottom George Washington is a top 60 team looking to challenge for the Atlantic 10 championship again. Mason is 1-5 in their last five games against GW dating back to 1997 and lost both of last year’s games. Mason is coming off one of their worst performances of the season in a what should have been a winnable game against St. Bonaventure. They looked unprepared, disinterested, and basically lost on defense. They played well in the games after being blown out by West Virginia and Oklahoma so hopefully we will see a better effort Saturday.

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George Mason falls to George Washington again

George Mason is still winless at George Washington after yesterday afternoon’s loss at the Charles E. Smith Center in Foggy Bottom. Senior Bryon Allen eclipsed the 1,000 point mark in his career and the Patriots had a good start to this one but faltered later on. In the second half GW’s Maurice Creek started things off with three consecutive three-pointers and after that Mason never was in it and the turnovers piled up. It looked like Sherrod Wright was going to have a big day after drawing fouls and getting to the rim often but it didn’t carry over in the second half. It also didn’t help that Jalen Jenkins was in foul trouble for most of the game and Patrick Holloway was ice cold from behind the arch.

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George Washington, George Mason to Commence Revolutionary Rivalry

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Finally a rivalry that actually feels like a rivalry for George Mason. George Washington and George Mason have announced the beginning of “The Revolutionary Rivalry”, now that both schools are in the same conference. Definitely has a much better ring to it than “Battle of the Orange Line”. Great wording on the official release here, a rivalry “dating back to legendary debates on the Virginia House of Burgesses”:

Today, George Mason and George Washington are the namesakes of two of the top athletic programs in the Atlantic 10 Conference. As the schools face off for the first time as conference opponents, the budding rivalry is set to take off as one of the best in the nation. In its inaugural year, The Revolutionary Rivalry is the year-long series between GW and Mason Athletics. The two departments have pledged to compete for the Tri-Corner Hat Trophy. Between GW’s Colonial Army and Mason’s Patriot Platoon, the rivalry’s inaugural season in 2013-14 is primed to be one for the history books.

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