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About last night...

George Mason Basketball: About last night...

Friday, November 21, 2008

About last night...

Just how poorly did the Patriots play last night?
  • They did not score a FG for nearly 11 minutes to start the game
  • 23 turnovers to 4 assists (wow)
  • 33% FG
  • 2-17 from the 3-pt line
  • they only got to the free throw line for 7 attempts
  • Andre Cornelius (22 min) and Ryan Pearson (10 min) had a combined 2 points
  • Even can't believe it: "To say that Mason's offense started off slowly would be like saying clowns wear a little makeup."
Mason was able to spoil a great defensive effort by not being able to hit the broad side of a barn last night. The Patriots did not allow a Pirate player to reach double digits and held the team to under 40% shooting from the field. They did not give up three-pointers and out rebounded Hampton, but you know the night isn't going well when Louis Birdsong is your leading scorer. Monroe had a decent night in the paint with 11 points and 11 rebounds, imagine what he would have done had any of the guards made a shot! In a poor shooting night you would think guys would start driving to the lane and getting fouls hoping to at least get points from the free-throw line, but that didn't happen. What's interesting about this is that entering this season I would have expected Mason's forwards to struggle and the guards to be carrying the team but lately it's seems the opposite is happening. Last night was a game were the Patriots needed guys like Dre Smith and John Vaughan to hit shots from the outside. The freshmen are going to struggle in road games, we saw this last year with Cam Long and Vlad. As good as Pearson and Cornelius might end up being this year, they aren't going to carry the team when they are down in road games like this.



Blogger b-spot50 said...

seriously ashamed, that was a piss poor performance, when I was listening I noticed the announcers said the lighting was wierd. I wonder if this was part of the reason for horrible shooting. I doubt it though. Hope we bounce back from this.

9:50 AM  
Blogger Trent said...

If we know anything then it's Coach L has the ability to get a team back on track by addressing and correcting fundamental errors.

10:19 AM  
Blogger mooky_l3d said...

we will live and die by the guard play if it does not stabilize then this will be a long season. It looks like the bigs will be able to hold their own. That hurt last night.

10:47 AM  
Blogger C Hirsch said...

The lighting was the same for both teams, no excuses.

At first was upset when I heard this result but they have a young team and this is to be expected with a young group, a lot of inconsistent play. They will look great some nights, terrible the others.

10:49 AM  
Blogger b-spot50 said...

Of course the lighting was the same for both teams, duh, and I understand no excuses but my point is that when you practice in a gym with a certain type of lighting you would be use to it. Shitty guard play was most definitely the reason for the loss. It just irritates the hell out of me when these school have messed up lighting systems, UNCW is another one.

12:10 PM  
Blogger's good for you. said...

That assist-to-turnover ratio is disheartening. But, bad games happen. Good teams learn from them and get better. After all, it's only the 3rd game of the season...

12:40 PM  
Blogger mooky_l3d said...

Lighting and crazy fans are something that the youngin's will have to deal with all season. Hampton has not had the fan support for the past few years, but that building sucks for fans and away players, home court advantage. Mason has the fan support and a better areana for players and fans. If Mason wants to have just a descent game against ECU they need ball control. Young team will have to steal some road games to have a succesful season.

9:14 PM  

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