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Mason on the wrong end of Battle of the Orange Line blow out

George Mason Basketball: Mason on the wrong end of Battle of the Orange Line blow out

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Mason on the wrong end of Battle of the Orange Line blow out

Entering the game missing two starters, you knew this was going to be an interesting road test for the young Patriots. But missing the two sophomores Pearson and Cornelius doomed Mason with sloppy play and countless turnovers that led to a 66-49 beating. Hancock and Long attempted to hold things together but a back injury sidelined Long for a bit in the first half. The Patriots just never got momentum, every big shot they made they would turnover the ball and give the Colonials an easy basket or two. For most of the game is looked like GW vs GMU JV out there and the Colonials went on a couple of runs early. Rebounding was a key area the Patriots failed to prevail in. They looked over-matched on the boards and they really shouldn't have and without Ryan Pearson offensive rebounds were scarce. The overall shooting from Mason was just plain terrible as they shot 30% in the first half and finished just barely above that. Louis Birdsong came out flat again and really set the Patriots back early. While being terrible from the field, Mason could not take advantage at the free-throw line with all the fouls the Colonials were giving. It's not like the Colonials came firing off the blocks, their shooting was bad also in the beginning but the difference was they were making the Patriots pay for their turnovers. Even worse only one GW player finished in double figures, their best player Damian Hollis (25 points). Defensively the freshmen just aren't there yet with Larranaga's system and this is the result. Road games are going to be tough for these young guys but I think we really hoped to see more, especially from Sherrod Wright. This is one of those games where you hope the team learned something, like not to break team rules.

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. Notice how Mason was able to get to the free-throw line much more than GW but failed to capitalize.

NCAA Basketball Stats

Photo Credit [Flickr djotpics]



Blogger variaban said...

I couldn't believe last night though. There were so many GMU people there that when we started chants the whole stadium could hear it.
You don't lose to Villanova by 1 and GW by 17 though, even if you are missing 2 starters.

9:57 AM  
Blogger Mark! said...

I agree. The Mason Nation was the best part of last night. Hopefully the young guys will learn from this and get better later in the year.

10:05 AM  
Blogger Ryan said...

About how much of the arena would you say were Mason fans? A quarter?

10:12 AM  
Blogger C Hirsch said...

Was very tough to watch in person. First time I have really had a chance to see the team play.

Shooting was atrocious all night, we had tons of easy shots rim out.

Luke Hancock is a beast, that kid is going to be a star.

Birdsong should never play.

10:14 AM  
Blogger Hi said...

It was hard to tell, but I'm certain it was more than a quarter. I'd say 40% or more.

10:15 AM  
Blogger variaban said...

I agree, I would say somewhere in the 30-40% range. On the two sides with the baskets, one was completely GMU people and opposite the GW student section I would say we had 50%, maybe more.

10:30 AM  
Blogger Matt Kaufman said...

I think we had around 60% of the crowd last night, a lot of Mason fans were not wearing gear and they were surrounding where we were sitting.

Also, you might want to check the splits on the rebounding. We rebounded well in the first half and then it disappeared.

10:51 AM  
Blogger Mark! said...

I took a couple pics with my phone. I'd agree with at least 40%.

pics of the crowd

10:59 AM  
Blogger Robert W said...

Any time you lean on a freshmen to carry the team, you're in for a long night. Cam was 2-10 from the field, which included several floaters and lay-ups that were missed. Everyone was turnover proned. A credit to GW's defense, we never knew how to adjust. I hope Pearson and a-corn personally feel responsible for the embarrassment and take it upon themselves to do the right things. Sucks our next game is at the trask.

11:43 AM  
Blogger 08rex said...

can we please get will thomas back

3:02 PM  
Blogger Rick said...

Other than Luke and a little bit from Foster, there has been very little athletic talent on display from our freshmen. Our set plays work only rarely, which I think leads to many of our turnovers. There's a big chemistry problem going on out there, which hopefully will fix itself with experience, but in the meantime I'd like to see some of our other new players just rely on their talents and step up and make a play.

3:13 PM  
Blogger Ryan said...

I agree Rick, the chemistry just doesn't seem to be there. That is an issue that can hopefully be resolved as the season progresses.

3:16 PM  
Blogger greenandgold said...

It's unfortunate that RobertW focused on one player-Cam EVERYONE played poorly in this game. The only player that played substantial minutes without a turnover was Isaiah Tate. Coach L continues to stress TEAM play but the freshmen continue to dribble and dribble and dribble....never looking to receive a pass or give a pass. Cosequently this often results in a forced shot or turnover. There's way too much talent on this team and way too many egos. Maybe they will get tired of losing and begin to play unselfish ball. Only then will there be chemistry

5:28 PM  
Blogger mooky_l3d said...

Coach L has to be able to see where his team is lacking and needs to address these issues. This was the first game I was able to see and I could not finish watching the game because I was so discusted. The errors being made were so elementary-wasted dribbling(going nowhere and picking up the ball to be trapped or left on an island), not moving without the ball(was there any offensive plays ran), not hitting the open player(do they wear blinders when they play) even Cam was guilty of this forcing layups, settling for threes, quick shots with no chance for offensive rebounds. I only played high school ball and know that these are fundementals of basketball. I also know that if there is no effort to change the way these guys shoot free throws, then other teams will pick up on it and just foul them. The turnovers were rediculous especially from Vaughns. If you are a point then protect the rock!!!!!

11:49 PM  
Blogger greenandgold said...

I love how everyone blogs about failures but very few blog about success (i.e. game winning 3s)

3:12 PM  
Blogger mooky_l3d said...

What good plays are you refering to in the last game. I didn't see much of anything good coming out of that game. Maybe I was looking at the wrong game. Please tell me what game winning 3's were taken when we were 20 plus points down.

4:32 PM  
Blogger greenandgold said...

I'm referring to the game winning 3 against Indiana and how close we came to beating Villanova and Georgia Tech, Mooky. If you were to look back at this season thus far,no one takes the time to commend our players when they do well but are quick to criticize when they do poorly

8:22 PM  

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