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Shooter's Role

George Mason Basketball: Shooter's Role

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Shooter's Role

Mason continued it's streak of not losing back to back games this season with a road win over Towson last night. After the disappointing loss to ODU last week it's hard to get really excited about this but I will say this, Mason put on another shooting clinic last night from three-point land. Mason used the power of the three to secure sole possession of 2nd place in the CAA standings and made Saturday's homecoming match-up a little big more interesting. The Patriots sank 12 three-pointers and in the first half had a run of 7 in a row where we saw Vlad the Impaler even knock one down; that felt good to watch. What didn't feel good to watch was the free-throw shooting which percentage-wise was lower than our three-point shooting, are you kidding me? Dre Smith started off slow as usual but ended up with 5 treys and 18 points. Welcome back Dre, we missed you. I would also like to welcome back John Vaughan who showed us last week in Norfolk how much better of a team we are without him. With JV back to full strength he continued on his season long tear scoring 19 and driving to the lane at will. Big Willie Style could have had an even bigger night (17 and 10), I mean who was guarding him? Folarin Campbell looked like he was on his way to another 20+ night but his services weren't needed much in the 2nd half, which for once did not doom Mason on the road. Campbell did have an impressive night in other areas besides his shooting touch as he grabbed 8 rebounds and dished out 6 assists. I know most of you that read this are not huge Jordan Carter fans and I think I am finally on your bandwagon because he is flat out sucking big time. He does not seem to be hurt at all any more and with guys like Cam Long on the bench Carter is becoming the odd man out in the guard rotation; that's a good thing. Louis Birdsong picked up more rebounds than fouls for a change but can't resist the urge to try to reject every shot no many how out of position he is. Give it time Louis give it time.


Blogger Farmdog said...

I liked the defensive intensity, especially the first half and our ball movement on the offensive side - still get a bit worried when we begin hitting threes as we forget about Will and our normal game plan - once the threes slow down, it seems we have a tough time getting Will involved again
Definitely the MVP of the CAA

Great to see Vlad being very active on both ends

I know some of you disagree, but Fleming comes in and does a nice job putting the body on people and has put in quality minutes

On our team - Birdsong needs to find his points with offensive rebounds and put backs or on the break

9:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will agree with that for the most part.

Carter is good in his element, but I think he's feeling the pressure of not-scoring [where Cam seems to be excelling] and has been more benched then active. If we need to slow down the offensive, then carter is a guy we can count on. He occasionally has some wild baseball throws, but overall he's a good ballhandler. I just wished he'd take more shots since half of the time he's wide open.

1:54 PM  
Blogger Brannman. know it's good for you. said...

Is anyone so ready for Sat. night? It's payback time...that little punk Tomko isn't going to have another game like he did last time...

We do need Thomas and Birdsong to come up big down low...I think they will.

Sellout game. Homecoming. Tough rival. Chance for coach to get 400 wins. Chance for Mason to stay in the CAA race. It's a biggie.

7:39 AM  
Blogger Tara said...

I guess payback will have to wait for next year.

As of today we are the third best team in our conference. I know we beat VCU but no one can say with a straight face that we are better than them.

The refs were awful tonight but we still couldn't get any stops on defense when it mattered and again missing free throws finally came back to bite us.

And since I have hated on him in the past, including when he missed an open layup, Jordan Carter is the only reason we had a chance to win that game, just wish he could show up like that every game.

Oh and Dre Smith, if I never have to watch you shoot again I would be happy.

Disappointing game, and honestly disappointing season.

8:27 PM  
Blogger Brannman. know it's good for you. said...

This was a heartbreaker, considering the numerous chances we had to win. Too many to name. And yes, I'm wondering why Smith is still in there as well. We don't need his inconsistent crap in the line-up - Birdsong neither. Since they're from the same high school, I'll throw it out're no Thomas (who was already on his way to greatness by the end of his 2nd year).

3rd best team in the CAA. After SI picked us the 30-something best team in the country in their preseason basketball magazine.

Glad Carter got a chance and showed something. He was probably dying for that chance. Who knows...Carter may be the spark we need the rest of the way. Put him back in coach.

Oh, and Vlad is supposed to be good, right?

9:02 AM  

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