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Vaughan Collaspes, Patriots lose

George Mason Basketball: Vaughan Collaspes, Patriots lose

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Vaughan Collaspes, Patriots lose

UPDATE 12:45 pm: ESPN is reporting that Vaughan will be out at least a week:
"Vaughan was released from Beth Israel Hospital in Boston early Thursday morning after a CT scan came back negative. Larranaga and Vaughan were scheduled to fly back to Virginia later in the day; George Mason's staff and players flew home earlier in the morning for the first day of classes."
It seems John Vaughan will be fine. Andy Katz has an update on him here. For those we didn't see the game here is the official word from GoMason.com:
"Vaughan, who had 19 points to lead Mason on Wednesday night, took a blow to the head with 2:16 to play as the teams fought for a rebound. On the play, Northeastern's Nkem Ojougboh was fouled. Vaughan was on the floor briefly before being helped to his feet by his teammates. At the other end, Ojougboh made his first free throw before Vaughan collapsed in the lane. After more than 15 minutes, Vaughan, who regained consciousness while on the court, was taken to the hospital to be evaluated."
A scary scene to watch and it looked to me ask if he was having the after effects of a severe concussion, which is nothing to take lightly. More to follow later today.

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As for the game, it was one that actually came down to the last second with the Patriots failing to get a shot off for the win. John Vaughan and Cam Long were making shots to keep the Patriots in it the entire game. In the first half it was obvious that Mason was trying to go inside to score but they had little success and Northeastern jumped out to an early lead. There was a lot less turnovers in this game than was expected and the Huskies actually committed more than the Patriots. Both teams shot the ball well but had trouble getting open looks. Cam Long seemed to hit every shot he took but kind of disappeared late in the 2nd half. Dre Smith, who along with Vaughan didn't start because of missing a team meal, only mustered one three-pointer. His absence in the offense really showed. Darryl Monroe never really got started, even after Northeastern's Manny Adako got into foul trouble early. Adako finished with only 9 but scored the winning points for his squad. Mason could not stop Matt Janning who finished well over his average by scoring 20. It was not one of the Patriots best defensive efforts but Huskies played very well and never let the Patriot's runs take over the lead. Late the game the TV broadcasters pointed out that the Patriots had 0 fast break points and they may have ended up with 2 or 4; but I don't understand why they didn't try to run and push the tempo. Northeastern was bigger and slower and it could have been a real advantage for Mason. And I love the balanced attack the Patriots are sporting but not when it keeps guys like Cam Long from taking more shots. The guy had the hot hand last night and Patriots weren't running plays for him.


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17 Comments:

Blogger Cathy Reeder said...

Thanks Ryan. I was watching live stats last night and couldn't figure out why "time stopped" for fifteen minutes. I tuned in to NE's radio broadcast and they only said he "collapsed". I was really worried. Thanks for responding to me e-mail also. Your blog is great!
Cathy

9:15 AM  
Blogger C Hirsch said...

Man, that was nerve wracking to watch. I was at a bar and there wasn't any sound so I had no idea what was going on. When they were putting the blankets on him I got really nervous. I figured it was a concussion but just how thorough they were being scared me and had me thinking of Hank Gathers.

Glad to hear he will be ok.

10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am glad to hear that Vaughan is OK.It looked pretty scary there for a while as he did not move for 10 minutes or so. This team seems to learn from it's losses and play better so look out VCU!

10:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The foul was on Monroe, not Vaughan.

11:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

any chance Vaughn is ready for the VCU game? I'm thinking probably not, and we sure are going to need him!

12:23 PM  
Blogger C Hirsch said...

The game itself was frustrating to watch. We always kept within striking distance but they seemingly answered every time we got it down to 3.

Then Vaughan went down and I was proud of the way the team responded to take the lead. I figured there hearts weren't going to be into it anymore.

Bad last possession that ended up with us not getting a shot off. Hope we will be ready to play at VCU Saturday, which is an extremely difficult place to win.

12:26 PM  
Blogger mooky_l3d said...

Glad that JV is going to be ok.

The game was not a great example of the best defensive team in the CAA. It did not take long for me to realize that Northeastern could shot well, really well. I watched them shoot the lights out last year. They brought back the entire team. So I question the defensive effort last night. If JV is the best defender why was their leading scorer shooting and driving like they were playing 5 on 4.

Hey Coach L, I think that VCU shoots the ball pretty good from the outside and they have a pretty good shot blocker. Are you going to preach staying with your man or are you just going to tell your guys to do what they did against NE. Oh, and while you are going over the def. plan, make sure that on offense they use what is called a pump fake and get a piece of somebody on the way up.

So frustrating to watch a game that Mason should have one if they played "d" like they did in the last 5 min., all game long. Of course much of that was NE not trying to score and work the clock.

If Mason doesn't stop the stupid passing and horrible 3 point "d", then it will be two losses in a row and third place in the conference. With or without JV because he did not show much of anything as far as defense or crisp passing again.

12:42 PM  
Blogger mooky_l3d said...

Oh, one more thing why in the hell was Corneilus handling the ball in the last possesion. Where was Cam? He did a great job of playing the point last night and he is the leader of the team. He should of had the ball and made the last play whether it was a shot or a pass Cam should have handled the last possesion.

12:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a disappointing loss.

Had a lead with 30 seconds left and then gave up an uncontested layup and then didn't even get a shot off on offense with a chance to win the game. Why did they pass the ball to the freaking center with 5 seconds left on the clock??!

12:55 PM  
Blogger C Hirsch said...

We didn't abandon the zone soon enough when it was obvious that it was leaving open the 3 point shot. Man to man should have been the way to go but I think our lack of size compared to Northeastern scared Larranaga.

Cornelius has a promising future but too many times last night when we were trying to cut the lead he forced and rushed shots, rather than set up the offense.

1:29 PM  
Blogger Alli-son said...

JV is out for Saturday (and at least a week total) which is really too bad since one of us will remain first in the CAA, I'm really crossing my fingers he ends up ok out of all of this, as I am sure he will. He asked to go back in the game when he regained conciousness, when he still wasn't able to move. He also asked the score the second coach l got to the ER. You gotta love his heart

1:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for keeping up this blog. We were scared for JV last night too. We are big Mason fans, so we'll keep the faith as we get ready to face VCU!

1:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Man, do some of you guys even watch the games?

Hirsch, please tell me how Cornelius "forced and rushed shots, rather than set up the offense" when he only took 3 shots the whole game and made two of them?

2:28 PM  
Blogger C Hirsch said...

My bad "Anonymous".

I do remember a few times though where he definitely rushed the offense and didn't set things up. I was mistaken in saying he did it by shooting but I still stand by the fact that he was moving the offense at a frenetic pace when we would have been better served slowing things down.

2:36 PM  
Blogger Trent said...

I find it amusing that the same Anonymous poster(s) who lambasted me last week about "Vlad The Quitter" are now---maybe ---realizing the ramifications of his decision...it weakened an already shallow bench!! And now that the team has suffered an injury, it puts even more pressure on a short-manned team. And that my friends was the source of my ire...not against the person, but how his decision affected the TEAM not the individual.

8:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hirsch...we didn't want to run things at a slow pace because that is exactly what NU wanted us to do at their arena..we played better when Cam and JV were running and hitting shots on the fly

9:58 PM  
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