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Another road trip, another loss

George Mason Basketball: Another road trip, another loss

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Another road trip, another loss

Every road game seems to go exactly the same. Mason is down big early, battles back in the second, maybe takes the lead for a while but eventually loses. Usually by missed free-throws or a sloppy defensive effort late in the game. This one may have been different for Mason if they could hit ANY free-throws. Mason shot the ball better and out-rebounded Delaware, while also scoring numerous points off turnovers. Yet it's the little things that killed them. Monroe had a monster game scoring a career-high 27 and grabbing 11 boards but again, missed some huge free-throws. John Vaughan being scoreless in the first half didn't help the situation and Cam Long was quiet til late as well. Mason was 0-for-9 from behind the arch. Really? The Blue Hens nailed 11 threes while shooting over 40% from there. Ryan Pearson playing only 6 minutes is bad news for Mason. What happened there? If your a fan it's hard to even get mad after another loss like this. The way they are lossing on the road is no longer shocking because they keep doing the same things wrong. What's different about this loss though is that it may very well keep the Patriots from having a first round bye in the CAA tournament. Ouch. Anyone excited for Saturday?

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5 Comments:

Blogger Trent said...

Tom Petty comes to mind...

9:55 PM  
Blogger Matt Scanlon said...

Free throws are a result of work, plain and simple.

I just don't think this team really wants it that bad.

10:39 PM  
Blogger The Northern Virginia Conservative said...

This is pathetic. A season that just a few weeks ago looked like it might be amazing looks to be crashing on the road. Road losses to ODU, JMU, and UD? Come on. Maybe we just aren't very good.

10:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The defense was better tonight. Delaware was on fire from 3 point range. You can't win games playing a one dimensional offense. You win games with an inside and outside threat. As the commentator said: you can't win a game by trading baskets-3 for you and 2 for me.

11:56 PM  
Blogger Brann...it's good for you. said...

The last four CAA games are crucial. We have to win the home ones (vs. Northeastern, Drexel, and Towson) and somehow win at Trask vs. UNCW (yeah...right...). The season's quickly going into the toilet, but we shouldn't give up hope yet. (That wasn almost Obamaesque on my part...and I don't the guy.) Still, how can this team be expected to win on the road in the CAA tourney, when we can't do it now?

Matt's comment seems appropriate to me...even though I love what this team has achieved (more than I expected, honestly), we knew what we were getting with guys like Folarin and Will last year when the games meant something. I think Monroe and Vaughan are trying their best, but they need help. Is anyone else sick of the lack of contribution from Louis Birdsong? Am I the only one who thinks by his junior year that Louis should be a consistent 10 pts. (or more) and 5-8 rbs. a game contributor?

7:15 AM  

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