Another huge game by Otis Livingston II as Mason blows by Dayton
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Mason holds on for win in Richmond

Rhode Island rolls past George Mason in A-10 opener

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The second season for George Mason didn’t look much different than the first one last night as the Patriots dropped their Atlantic 10 opener on the road to Rhode Island 83-64. Mason continues to come out flat in the first halves of games this year and then try to catch up in the second. The team also continues to struggle mightily shooting the ball and three point shooting is almost non-existent. Justin Kier lead all Mason players with 15 points and has been their most consistent player of late, but has yet to hit a three-pointer this season. Mason is trotting out a guard-heavy lineup that can’t shoot threes and having trouble in all areas on defense. That’s just not good. They could sure use a guy like Jeff Dowtin.

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What will Jarred Reuter’s impact be on next year’s team?

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The non-conference portion of George Mason’s schedule is now over and the Patriots have slugged their way to an unimpressive 6-7 record. To be honest, they were lucky to escape that portion of the schedule with six wins, especially when you consider how poor they played in most games, some against lower level competition (CSUN, JMU). Dave Paulsen peddled the “Two Year Season” talk early and most fans, whether they like or not, should really judge this season after the 2018-19 one is complete. I still don’t believe this current group, even though facing tough roster limitations, is as bad as we’ve seen for the majority of 13 games played so far. There’s a lot Paulsen has to address heading into Atlantic 10 conference play, which begs the question of what kind of impact would UVA transfer Jarred Reuter have on this team?

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Mason uses big second half to surge past Morgan State

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George Mason picked up a win to avoid a three-game home losing streak against Morgan State last night 86-79. They scored 54 points in the second half and shoot over 52% from the field. Justin Kier came up big on the night scoring 22 points, and Jaire Grayer finally gave Mason some three-point scoring going 5-of-7 from there. Morgan State’s best player made his season debut and gave Mason fits scoring 31. The Patriots got the line a lot in this one, rare for this season, and were able to not let turnovers be there undoing. Otis Livingston II, Ian Boyd, and Goanar Mar were collectively 17-18 from the free-throw line proving once again when they get the attempts they can do damage in that area. Mason’s key guys stepped up and made plays and that was something we really wanted to see heading into conference.

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Mason bested by Penn State this time around

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Last season George Mason surprised many by beating Penn State on the road by 19 points and dominating the glass. This season without Marquise Moore and Jalen Jenkins the Patriots struggled to keep the Nittany Lions out of the paint and lost at home 72-54. Mason’s overall size disadvantage is becoming more and more of a glaring weakness at this season rolls on. They went 0-for-14 on three-pointers and struggled to get any good open looks for most of the night. Freshman Greg Calixte started in place of Ian Boyd to give Mason more size upfront and though he’s getting better battling in the post, it’s still their weakest area on the court.

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Struggles continue for Mason

BasketballLivingston1_RonAira-CreativeServices-770x375George Mason have only won twice in of their last seven games including a loss last night to Georgia Southern. Mason looked bad on both ends, turning over the ball 21 times (!) and shooting 28% from the field and 17% on three-pointers. Otis Livingston II and Grayer combined for 12 points, difficult for Mason to get anything going with each of these guys having an off night. AJ Wilson came in and played a lot of good minutes and picked up his first career double-double (13 pts, 10 reb) and we saw Kier being more assertive on offense. It still appears that Dave Paulsen is figuring things out with this year’s limited roster but right they really seem to lack perimeter defense and a go-to scorer on offense.

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Mason can’t complete comeback at Auburn

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George Mason found themselves down 22-2 on the road at Auburn yesterday. It was another slow start for Patriots, something that is started to become a recurring theme in their games this season. The early turnovers and fouls killed them early and like many games this year they made a big comeback in the second half. At one point they took the lead but a scoring drought after a 9-0 run to bring them back within four points left them on the losing end. Auburn’s man-to-man defense was much better than Mason’s and Otis Livingston II was struggling to get free for the most of the game. The Tigers didn’t let them in the paint much at all and as a result their offense was limited for long stretches. Jaire Grayer came up big in the second half and freshman Javon Greene had his breakout game of the year scoring 17 points and hitting five three-pointers. However, Auburn owned the glass and out-rebounded Mason 46-30 while scoring 15 second chance points.

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George Mason erases 4-point deficit to beat JMU in final 10 seconds

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Ian Boyd had a step back three-pointer with 7 seconds remaining while Goanar Mar was being fouled underneath the basket. Mar sank the two clutch free-throws and Mason was on top to seal the victory. Mar has now made his last 25 straight free-throw attempts. Crazy finish to game that looked like Mason was in danger of losing after a first half with 10 turnovers and some early foul trouble. It was another game were we didn’t see this group of young players give up and they fought to the end.

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Mason comes up short in Cancun

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George Mason went 0-2 in the Cancun Challenge last week against Louisiana Tech and Fresno State. Both games we saw the Patriots struggle in the first half and then try to claw their way back in the second half. LA Tech took advantage of Mason’s early struggles and never looked back. Fresno State was able to grind out the win late but in both games Mason really struggled on their perimeter defense. Meanwhile, Goanar Mar continues to be the team’s budding star as he earned all-tournament team honors:

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Mason has come from behind victory over CSUN in overtime

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Mason needed over time to get the win last night against Cal State Northridge with Jaire Grayer injuring his knee in the first half and two other starters struggling. Freshmen Goanar Mar (22 points, 11 rebounds) and AJ Wilson (12 points, 8 blocks) helped fuel Mason’s come from behind victory. Otis Livingston II finished with 20 points and five assists but Ian Boyd and Justin Kier struggled to get going. Mason needed it’s younger players to step up and they answered the call. I think they proved in this game that despite their depth being limited, they have eight guys who all can play and play well together as a unit.

Dave Paulsen said in the post game presser that he did not believe Grayer’s knee injury to be serious but we’ll certainly know more in the next few days with the Cancun games getting underway. However it was great to see this team overcome a bad start and get a lift from the bench in AJ Wilson.

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