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Patriots fall to Georgia Tech in Day 2 of Puerto Rico Tip-Off

George Mason Basketball: Patriots fall to Georgia Tech in Day 2 of Puerto Rico Tip-Off

Friday, November 20, 2009

Patriots fall to Georgia Tech in Day 2 of Puerto Rico Tip-Off

The team almost seemed over-matched today against the Yellow Jackets, who were sporting a huge size advantage over the Patriots. The final was 70-62 (post game video below) but it wasn't nearly as close as that score would suggest. Mason didn't come out flat and led 17-8 early but then allowed Georgia Tech to go on a huge 15-0 run to close out the first half with a 27-19 lead. The Yellow Jackets were blocking the Patriots shots down low left and right which led to our guys backing away from the inside shots. Mason shot 35% from the field and Georgia Tech went 47% and actually had more turnovers (17) in the game. The young Patriots played with heart as they did not quit despite being down by as much as 21. In the end they missed on some last minute three pointers that could have put pressure on the Yellow Jackets late. Wouldn't be surprised if the loss to Villanova was still in their heads today.

Kevin Foster was a bright spot for Mason in this one as he finished with 15 points, 9 rebounds, 3 steals and was 2-for-2 from the three-point line. He was aggressive in the front court, something the Patriots have been lacking so far this season. Also, Luke Hancock continues to contribute in big ways as he had 8 points, 9 rebounds, and 7 assists. Cam Long started the game but quickly went back to the bench after only a few minutes, perhaps the coaching staff was saving him as he played almost the whole 2nd half. He didn't contribute much ended with almost as many turnovers (6) as he had points (7). I like that 11 guys played but I still feel like an ideal lineup is yet to be found.

Mason plays 10:30 a.m. on Sunday to the loser of the Indiana-Boston game later today.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Luke's stats were alright today, but he was a bit frustrating to watch. He seems to have gotten a bit gun-shy from 3 point range, passing up on wide open shots in favor of a pump fake and drive instead. Hopefully he works it out before Sunday.

3:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He just doesn't want to become the next Birdsong.

4:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its frustrating to watch player after player jack up 3's. Birdsong shooting 3s give me a break. They (GMU) are having a hard enough time shooting FTs. Please let Birdsong and Ike just pass out towels and not play anymore. Wright this isn't HS anymore, those move will not work at this level. Your leading the team in rejected shots.

4:04 PM  
Blogger Trent said...

As the coaches say, "we are, what we are." I think getting down on this team (and whoever, e.g. Birdsong) at this point is a mistake irregardless if they go 1-2 or 0-3 in this tournament. There's alot to get excited about with this team. Keep in mind, these are 18 and 19-year old guys challenging the best teams in college basketball!?!

8:57 PM  
Blogger Beach Dreams said...

Well said, Trent!

4:34 AM  

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