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Mason finishes third in classic

George Mason Basketball: Mason finishes third in classic

Monday, November 26, 2007

Mason finishes third in classic

Mason was able to squeak by South Carolina Sunday night to take third place in the Old Spice Classic, in a game where they missed their first 12 shots and shot under 50% from the free throw line. The Patriots were down 14-2 to start as the Gamecocks were able to contain Will Thomas. It was difficult to watch a guy who as only 5'9" (Devan Downey) drive to the lane against the Patriots almost every play and make something happen. Downey is arguably one of the fastest players in college basketball and was disruptive all night. Mason was able to bounce back in the second half with strong play from Will Thomas, freshmen Cam Long, and Louis Birdsong. Birdsong must have eaten something different for breakfast on Sunday or maybe he got a boost riding the Tea Cups at Disney World because it was like watching a different player out there. He ended being named the player of the game and had the winning tip-in. Will Thomas was named to the All-Tournament team and Cam Long poured on 13 points, 5 assists, and 3 steals. He had some no look passes that I think even faked out the camera guy. His strong play kept Jordan Carter on the bench for the longest time this season, I think Carter will definitely have to fight to get playing time if Long can keep this up. Carter has the experience on his side but Long was pulling off some pretty ridiculous moves and looked like a cool veteran running the point. Although Dre and Campbell did not have great shooting nights John Vaughan was able to add some excellent long range shooting late. Vlad the Impaler was held to only 5 minutes mostly due to more athletic front court of the Gamecocks, but like I said before, he will be fine, don't worry.

All in all it was a great weekend for Mason despite falling short of the championship game. The Patriots were able to play against some major conference opponents and get valuable experience for their freshmen. It was also a chance for them to showcase their talent on national television, which gave the world the chance to see Will Thomas hit his first career three pointer, hopefully his last. We saw the Patriots play their best ball of the season so far with a much improved defense. And don't forget Monroe will be back before you know it. Oh and apparently we are "back".


Blogger Trent said...

Any thoughts about the snub in the ESPN/Coaches poll? I don't understand how you can pick-up a substantial number of votes in the AP poll (9 to 34) while simultaneously dropping off the map in the Coaches poll.

10:10 PM  
Blogger said...

I really don't like talking about the polls, they are almost always bs. they mean nothing.

9:05 AM  
Blogger Trent said...

Well, I agree totally. But I still find it peculiar that Mason lost votes after a great weekend of quality basketball. I guess the previous statement simply reinforces your point, but nevertheless, it did happen.

8:47 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

This year's George Mason will be...

George Mason!

10:56 PM  

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