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Breaking down the loss to Tulane

George Mason Basketball: Breaking down the loss to Tulane

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Breaking down the loss to Tulane

The Patriots dropped their first road game of the season to Tulane 76-71 Saturday, committing 20 turnovers and despite Cam Long scoring 24 points. Good to see that perhaps the leg cramp issue is behind him, at least for now. Luke Hancock was only other Patriot to reach double figures with 14. Mason had some impressive scoring runs in this game but defensively had way too many break downs. They kept it close but couldn't get the stops when they needed it. Long and Hancock were leaned on towards the end but maybe too much. Mike Morrison and Ryan Pearson were noticeably absent for end of the 2nd half and I am not sure why. The Patriots front court defense was less than impressive as Tulane's big men got way too many easy scores. Overall there was just sloppiness everywhere even with guys like Andre Cornelius who in the second half got a steal seemed about a mile ahead of everyone but fumbled the scoring opportunity. You can't blame the atmosphere, anyone watching the stream I posted would say that most of these guys played in front of bigger crowds in high school. Perhaps Larranaga was trying to see what he has in freshmen Wright, Vaughns, and Williams but this game was never out of hand and their miscues were costly. I think a lot of the freshmen saw in this one the meaning of home court advantage by how many calls they didn't get. The fouls and the turnovers devastated the team.

Below is a chart from and it highlights the "Four Factors to Winning at Basketball". If you have never heard of this statistical breakdown before read more about what they mean here. The key stat that stands out is the rate at which each team went to the free-throw line.

NCAA Basketball Stats



Blogger Brock said...

In respect to Pearson/Morrison on the bench, I think that Coach wanted to see how the freshman would respond on the road in a tight game. That experience can only help come conference play.

10:05 PM  
Blogger Ryan said...

I agree Brock, I think Coach L just wants to see what he's got on his bench.

4:37 PM  
Blogger nick numbers said...

Coach L definatly threw the game on purpose. If he sits Birdsong, Morrision and Pearson for most of most second halves, we wont win many games.

I hope its because he was correcting behavior issues most likely with guys temporarily unhappy with the distribution of minutes rather than him thinking that we could actually win with a small line up.

Morrison just came off 17pts, 13rebs, and 7 blocks against Indiana and Tulane had no answer for Big Mike Morrison.

9:21 PM  
Blogger Andrew said...

I see where Pearson is having attitude problems, but I'm not sure Morrison is in the same situation. I think he was trying to see what a smaller line up could do.

2:20 PM  

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