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Tuesday, December 02, 2008

About last night...

The Patriots suffered their second loss of the season last night at Liberty and all I can say is Stephen Curry and his younger brother seem to have that same clutch ability late in games. Seth Curry not only hit a three-pointer late in the second half, from what seemed like mid-court, but he hit a jumper and two free-throws in the last 41 seconds of overtime to power the the Flames to victory. Did I mention he was a freshman? Liberty connected on 11 for 34 from three-point range while Mason started off the game going 0 for 9 from there. It seems to me that every Mason game starts off the same: a burage of three-point misses. Sure it's great when they actually connect on some of them, like at the Ohio game, but on the road every miss that early in the game seems to let the momentum swing to the home team. Liberty had no depth or authority at the forward position and Louis Birdsong started to exploit that after the Patriots were down early, but why wasn't Monroe more involved in the offense? Dre Smith was playing so poorly he was pulled for most of the first half and freshman Andre Cornelius seemed to commit a foul every minute. Ryan Pearson, who was named CAA rookie of the week again, was way too erratic down low and threw up some interesting shots. Meanwhile the only Mason guard that was having a decent night was Cam Long, who finished with a career-high 18 points, 9 rebounds, but only 3 assists. It was another game where Mason had the rebounding edge but failed to really establish an inside game. Monroe needs to be taking more than 7 shots a game. Period.

Side note: Apparently Vlad Moldoveanu didn't make the trip due to some injury, more details to follow.

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4 Comments:

Blogger C Hirsch said...

Dre Smith hasn't played well pretty much since he shot lights out against JMU last year. I have also been disappointed with Vaughan's start to the season.

11:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Completely disappointed with last nights performance. I don't understand why Dre Smith is even starting with his poor shooting. They also made poor decisions when the game was on the line. Double team Curry and perhaps he never makes that 3, and that 3 by Cam Long at the end of regulation was just a piss poor decision. He should of atleast drove it in and took a shot or better yet passed it to Monroe.

1:20 PM  
Blogger CYork987 said...

They have got to get out of this letting 3's fly for the first 5 minutes of games. If one of those first half, 0-9 3pt shots were even traded for a 2pt basket, we win the game. I agree that Dre Smith has to do something to keep his starting job; I think he might do a little better taking more drives to the basket.

Another disappointing point is Darryl Monroe is not using his size advantage against opponents. He out weighs these guys by 50 lbs, but then he plays this finesse game? That doesn't make sense.

If we get Smith and Monroe to start being more productive, we could have a great year…

1:55 PM  
Blogger Brann...it's good for you. said...

Great question about Monroe. He's not Will Thomas (no one is), but he could provide some much-needed Thomas efficiency and consistency down low every game - heck, he's already shown it with a consistent 10/10 almost every game. He could easily bump that scoring average up a few or more if given more chances.

6:54 AM  

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