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Long and Cornelius come up big in Harrisonburg

George Mason Basketball: Long and Cornelius come up big in Harrisonburg

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Long and Cornelius come up big in Harrisonburg

The Patriots overcame their recent road troubles as Cam Long and Andre Cornelius finished with career days en route to an 82-71 victory. Although according to the Washington Post, a thrown hot dog helped Mason get the win. The projectile snack from the stands did manage to bring JMU's momentum to a hault as they had cut the lead down to four but to stay it gave Mason the victory is ridiculous. Be that as it may Cam Long finished with 24 points and made a lot of clutch shots, scoring 7 points in the final 2:50. Andre Cornelius took advantage of the Dukes lazy first half defense finishing with 19 including a 3-for-5 day from behind the arch. Mason built big leads early with picking a lot of easy points, while making every shot for JMU difficult. But the Dukes rallied in the 2nd half with some poor free-throw shooting by the Patriots late. Mason needs strong play for Long and Cornelius to be successful on the road and they got what they needed from their leaders. It was a crucial road CAA win as the Patriots remain in a four way tie for first place.

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

NCAA Basketball Stats

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Blogger mooky_l3d said...

That was a nice road win. Cam and Andre played well. Not forcing shots, and staying within the offense. This was the first game I have watched that Masons offense actually looked functioning. I was very impressed that the first shot was not by Pearson and it wasn't a three. They finally figured out how to maintain a lead and that was nice.

I don't believe that morrison will be a huge inside threat this year. He just doesn't have the post pressence. What he will excel at is flashing around the basket, rebounding and cleaning up. His passing is also getting better. But he is not a post up threat and teams will look at that and start to double up on Pearson.

Great road win very impressed with the way they kept the lead.

2:41 PM  
Blogger variaban said...

Finally, it seems like they are starting to play together and not 1 on 1 on 1 on 1 on 1.
Hopefully this wasn't a fluke and they can keep up this kind of play!
Nice game though.

8:36 AM  

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