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Mason dominates UNCW

George Mason Basketball: Mason dominates UNCW

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Mason dominates UNCW

Wow, we certainly have seen it all this season. Last night the Patriots dominated the UNCW Seahawks and reached the century mark for the first time since 2005. It is definitely a rare spectacle to see Larranaga's guys put up 100 points. Dre Smith had another good showing shooting wise and John Vaughan led all scorers with 20 while going 5-for-6 from the three-point line. The Patriots had many runs in this game but the 18-0 run in the second half sealed the deal. UNCW's front court was abysmal and basically got abused the entire game. Mason owned the boards and got a lot of their early baskets off second chance opportunities. If Monroe and Birdsong logged more minutes they each could have put up 20. But instead we saw freshmen Ryan Pearson and Michael Morrison develop in the low post (13 points each). Morrison seems to have a better touch than I had thought. More post moves to follow? Everyone looked good in this game and we saw a lot less erratic shooting than we have in previous games. Seniors John Vaughan and Dre Smith are started to lead the way on offense, which is how it should be. Monroe and Birdsong were consistant again in this one although they were not needed much .

Mason now moves to 2-0 in the conference and that might not seem like much now but a lot of teams moved to 1-1 in the CAA last night leaving only Mason, Georgia State, and Northeastern unbeaten so far. It's definitely going to be an interesting season in the CAA this year. Next up for the Patriots is Georgia State at home this Monday, with a 5pm start time. Thanks CAA, is having another TV game really worth putting out the loyal fans that attend games after a workday?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great game, this was Morrison's coming out party. Pearson and Morrison will make freshman mistakes--but they have talent.
Tomko for UNCW had a great first half, but Mason really shut him down in the 2nd. Monroe has a great touch--wish he'd get more chances...

9:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was at the game and saw a blowout, but I still have concerns with this game. First of all the Seahawks had no front court and the Mason guards were shooting well, but in the first half the defense for Mason was letting the Seahawks stay close. I don't understand the floating defense that Mason plays, if Wilmington has nothing but three point shooters and no low post presence why was Mason colapsing so much on the post. I think that Birdsong and Monroe could have easily handled the bigs from Wilmington. Then in the second half with Morrison abusing what seemed like the entire team, the Mason guards did not get him the ball enough. He should have been given the ball everytime down the court. He needs to build confidence and that was his opportunity.
Just once I would like to see Mason play a perfect game of basketball, no forced passes, quick shots, and for the love of basketball learn what a ball fake will do to a defense.

9:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just left the last entry and forgot to metion that Vlad was up in the stands, behind me watching the game on Sat. is the any info one were he might go.

9:46 PM  
Blogger's good for you. said...

I love seeing Tomko pissed off. Of course, he'll use this loss as motivation when we play at Trask. He's a great competitor...the kind of guard I hate to play against.

7:09 AM  
Blogger Trent said...

I'm selfishly pleased with the 5PM start because I've got a toddler that can't attend an entire game with a 7 PM tip. In other words, I get to watch a whole game instead of just a half...hooray! (I'll admit to being in the minority here).

10:39 AM  
Blogger Ryan said...

I personally don't think Vlad is going to transfer to another NCAA team. I'd think he'd be going back to Europe to play pro. Otherwise I don't see why he would be making this decision mid-season.

4:10 PM  

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