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JV and Thomas Save the Day

George Mason Basketball: JV and Thomas Save the Day

Friday, January 18, 2008

JV and Thomas Save the Day

Last the Patriots and Pride put on a show in Hempstead, with John Vaughan hitting a buzzer beating three-pointer to force overtime and eventually help secure a double OT road victory. Check out the video highlights here. Hofstra came to play and it wasn't just Agudio who was scoring, how has this team only won 3 games? Well any Mason fan can you tell you we seem to bring out the best in teams. The Patriots did a great job of containing Agudio, who only had 4 points in the first half. Which should not have come as a surprise considering he averages more points in the 2nd half than anyone else in the CAA does in a whole 40 minutes. Agudio really showed what an incredible player he is last night, the guy knew that Mason wasn't going to let him drop 30 so he distributed the ball all night. He was able to create great shots for his teammates all night, which almost helped the Pride steal this one away from the Patriots.

Will Thomas was the key reason for Mason's victory, scoring a career-high 29 points, see what happens when you keep feeding this guy the rock!?!?! I have been saying it all year, late in the game when it's close you gotta go to your bread and butter. I feel Mason has lost some games this year because they failed get Thomas enough touches in the closing minutes. Vaughan and Campbell also had great nights, scoring 18 and 20 respectfully. Although Campbell got most of his points at the end of game making free throws he still showed us he still has the clutch performance in him, despite driving to the basket and missing layups in the 2nd half.

It was another night where Dre Smith started off hot but cooled down in the second half, he needs to stop this, it's like he's afraid to shoot in the 2nd half or something. As a team the Patriots shot the ball well from everywhere, including the free throw line which they were actually able to get to for a change. Freshmen Cam Long and Vlad Moldoveanu got a lot of minutes in this game and it was great to see Vlad in there late in the OTs (he will hit those threes eventually, be patient). Another thing worth noting in this game is Jordan Carter coming in late in the 1st half threading the needle on a perfect pass to Vlad and then leaving shortly after. He must not be 100% yet because I don't see why he would not be in the game when Mason was struggling in the 2nd half.

The road victory is exactly what Mason needs to get momentum for Saturdays showdown with JMU in Harrisburg. It will be another tough game for the Patriots, but honestly which game hasn't been this season? JMU has talent and are well coached, I would not be surprised to see another nail-biter.


Blogger Brannman. know it's good for you. said...

I'm sooo tired of the nail-biters, but hell: a win is a win...I'll take it. GO MASON!!

And as a Mason graduate of the early 1990s, there's no team I was taught to hate more at Mason than Madison...

10:46 AM  
Blogger Christopher said...

Haha, I remember at student orientation when they told us that JMU was our rival. They didn't really say why, and friends of mine that went to JMU said they don't consider us a rival but oh well.

Good win last night, John Vaughan and Thomas get to share hero honors. That was a hell of a shot by Vaughan at the end of OT. He has improved dramatically from last year.

Saturday will be a very tough game, hope we can take it, if we win Saturday then I will really believe we have some momentum.

11:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I still don't understand the Mason/JMU rivalry going on -- since ESPNU claimed multiple times that Hofstra was our key opponent since we both are evenly matched on wins/losses.

Regardless, I'm glad Long and Vlad were in. Vlad, even though he missed his 2 three-point shots, is slowly getting closer to making it. I think he's just learning how to shoot the ball under pressure, and it was apparent he can make it if he just makes it more fluent.

As you can tell by the style of play, we're trying to bring the freshman up-to-par for what is going to be an interesting CAA tournament.

Also, if you guys didn't notice at the end of the game -- Carter was limping around again. I think he keeps reinjuring it.

I'm excited for this weekends game at JMU regardless. It'll be good [broadcasted on MASN if you're not making it to the actual event].

12:31 PM  
Blogger mooky_l3d said...

Look at the stat line see the free throws. 25-29 that is what wins the game. But 12 blocks that is rediculous no team should have 12 blocks against them. Unless the entire team is toddlers and they are playing a D-1 team. Again I go back to teaching the basics such as ball fakes, pump fakes, breaking the press. I don't know just show me that you know more than a high schooler playing ball. Good that we won though.

12:55 PM  
Blogger sportsfan882 said...

Nice win indeed. Great to see Thomas have a monster game on National TV. Should be a good game tonight in Harrisonburg. JMU is definitely improved but they still aren't too good as evident in their 27 point loss to ODU a few days ago. We should take care of business.

4:28 PM  
Blogger Farmdog said...

I think we are back - great road win - all around team effort. No point guard - no problem.

Mason vs. Madison rivalry goes back to mid - late 80's - many from both school are from NoVa or Jersey - a group called the Chemist Corner in honor of Kenny Sanders began a long feud with the infamous "66 to 81" chant that echoed throughout the Patriot Center as Mason came from behind to upset a strong Dukes team

12:22 PM  
Blogger Christopher said...

Dre Smith is the man, NCAA record, to go 10 for 10 from three, even if it was college is incredible.

10:27 AM  

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