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George Mason Basketball: No Fly Zone

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

No Fly Zone

Rob Lowery of Dayton stole the show late in the 2nd half to prevent the Patriots from upsetting the Flyers on their home court. The same court not too long ago Mason started it's historic run in the 2006 tournament. The depth of Dayton's squad came on when they needed to and thwarted Dre Smith's big night. Dre finished with 22 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals, and hit 4 three-pointers. Definitely the Dre Smith we had hoped to see this season. Cam Long was also stellar running the point and finished with 15 points but more importantly he looked very poised on the road in a hostile environment. The difference in the game to me was that fact that Dayton's big front court really prevented Mason from getting any help out of Monroe and Birdsong late in the game. Freshmen Andre Cornelius and Ryan Pearson were not factors and made a couple of rookie mistakes, especially Cornelius. We saw Chris Fleming get some minutes with Vlad being gone and let's hope those minutes decrease. If not for the great play by the guards Mason would not have been in this game late. It's frustrating to watch a team unfold late in the game after leading for almost the entire 2nd half but let's face it, this is the best we have seen Mason play on the road this season. Now I'm not one for "moral victories", a loss is a loss but at least this game makes me a little bit more confident about our upcoming CAA schedule. I know many of you we probably thinking a win at Dayton would almost guarantee an NCAA tournament berth coupled with a decent conference record but keep in mind there's a lot of season left to play and Mason is playing just as good if not better than the rest of the CAA right now.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

This team still does not have a clutch player to go to when the game is on the line.

12:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've never seen a team get blocked as many times as Mason was last night. We were outrebounded like crazy too. A big man can't come soon enough.

12:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fleming looked pitiful -- not quick enough and hands like bricks when he got free under the bucket. But the rest of the bench contributed nearly no offence and rebounded worse than the starters.

1:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awful collapse at the end. Why can't our guards shoot? Long is terrible.

1:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The silver lining in this game was that they would have been blown out by Dayton if this was one of the first games of the season. They are getting better but I agree - Fleming is too slow to be effective and the rebounding effort stunk.

4:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just cringed every time the ball got near Fleming.

9:09 PM  
Blogger Vallance said...

I dont understand why laranaga didnt go with a 3 forward line up. would have held up daytons offensive rebounding and therefore we would have won the game. I dont understand what laranaga was trying.

1:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

An at large bid if we beat dayton? I guess we've forgotton that we've lost to Hampton and Liberty. We'd pretty much have to be undefeated to even have a prayer of a chance to get an at large bid. And unfortunately with our young team, being undefeated has not happened.

4:27 PM  
Blogger's good for you. said...

Much better performance tonight...but, it was against a pathetic UNCW team (does their coach know how to recruit at all?). We'll keep getting better and better...

10:48 PM  

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