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Reserves shine, Mason routs Delaware

George Mason Basketball: Reserves shine, Mason routs Delaware

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Reserves shine, Mason routs Delaware

Mason bounced back last night at home against Delaware. The Patriots continued their unbeaten streak at home and ended their two-game skid. Reserve players had a huge role last night as Isaiah Tate had career highs and Michael Morrison ignited the Patriots early with 14 points. Dre Smith had a couple of great steals that he converted into layups and Cam Long had his first career double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Mason came out flat to start the game and was down by as much as nine while Delaware's offense looked very much on point. After half-time though Mason's defense looked a to have a lot more fire and they basically didn't get the Hen's any looks. Darryl Monroe's rebounding on both ends helped the Patriots take control in the second half. Every starter had a steal which is something you can't say most nights for any team. The team obviously still misses John Vaughan's play on both ends of the court but it was interesting to see who would step up in his absence. We have really seen Cam Long's best lately and it's been a nice little preview of what next year's team will look like. Andre Cornelius got another start and seemed to look a lot more comfortable handling the ball. The coaches have to be pleased with Isaiah Tate's performance despite looking sloppy at times earlier in the year. He will need to step again Saturday at ODU even with Vaughan likely returning. Vaughan's return will hopefully end another iffy defensive start for Mason and hopefully improve their assist-to-turnover ratio which hasn't been great lately. ODU, like Mason is tough at home and being down early like last night could really be their doom.



Blogger mooky_l3d said...

Didn't get to see the game, had a friend at the game and he told me Mason started pretty slow, but came out from half with some intensity.

Great to see that Morrison is back getting more minutes and scoring. I really think having him inside will be the difference later in the season and in the Tournement.

Tate is finally showing why he has a scholarship. The past two to three games he has shown some court pressence and it is always nice to have a clean up man.

Good win over a team that Mason should have beaten by 20.

12:07 PM  
Blogger C Hirsch said...

ODU is garbage, that is a road game Mason should definitely take.

12:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's taken Tate a while but he seems to be catching fire. I would like to see this squad have one good away win against a quality opponent.

3:35 PM  
Blogger Trent said...

The Northeastern/VCU game was an interesting one last night (ESPNU)...a very physical game. Maynor and Co. appeared upset that another team not named GMU was challenging them for a conference championship. Speaking of which, NE's win opened the door for Mason to secure a #1 seed.

10:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We were at the game GMU/DEL. Then again we have been at everygame for the past three games. This year I've noticed the crowd (season tickets/students) really supports the team when they are down, which is great to see.

9:43 AM  
Blogger What Not said...

Would love to see Morrison get more pt, especially with Birdsong and Monroe on the floor. Cornelius at point and a wing man, shooter. Maybe Monroe high post as he passes so well, although he had the game winner in his hands at Northestern and didn't go hard, tried to pass.
Then go back to 3 guard, depending on the match ups.
My boy Fleming is odd man out. Bummer. He gave some very quality minutes last year.

10:23 AM  

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