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George Mason rolls past Florida Atlantic

George Mason Basketball: George Mason rolls past Florida Atlantic

Sunday, November 28, 2010

George Mason rolls past Florida Atlantic

It was another impressive defensive night for the Patriots as head coach Jim Larranaga picked up his 250th win at George Mason. However this time there was not a barrage of three pointers and they got a lot of points inside from Mike Morrison, who led all scorers in a game for the first time this season. Morrison had scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half, a lot of them effortlessly through dunking on the undersized Owls. The Patriots finished the 1st half shooting almost 60% from the field and continued that in the 2nd.   Cam Long (6 assists) and Luke Hancock (7) continue to distribute the ball well and in these last two games the Patriots have been playing much improved 'team' basketball. The box score might show that the rebounding stats where about even but the Patriots weren't getting enough of the meaningful rebounds they should have.  The undersized Florida Atlantic squad got 9 offensive boards while Mason only had 4.  Coming into the game Florida Atlantic got to the free throw line a lot and Mason did a good job staying out of foul trouble and not letting them take advantage at the line.  

Mason didn't get a lot help from their bench in this one.  In the 2nd half they got zero points from their bench players and it seemed like Larranaga still don't trust a reserve heavy lineup in the 2nd half even with a 10 point lead.  Larranaga has criticized the defensive efforts of his 'green team' so far this year and they need to improve in this area before the CAA schedule kicks in.  You can say what you want to about the team's depth being improved over last season but most of the guys, outside of Isaiah Tate, just don't have a lot of experience and it has been showing in their defensive efforts.

Next up for the Patriots is the Battle of the Orange Line Part II this Wednesday.

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Blogger What Not said...

As much as I have criticized Mike Morrison in the past, I was impressed with his hustle and work last night. He may be awkward offensively (when not dunking) but one can never question his desire. He just buckled down and worked, no drama. He played excellent d last night against a good big man. Arledge was soft. He's very sound, he just needs to assert himself on the boards, give some hard fouls. I liked Luke's intensity and his leadership in getting in Arledge's face about blocking out. (However, it wasn't Arledge's man, Arledge had his guy boxed.)
I'd liked that the team just went about its business, played hard and got the win it was supposed to get. They were intense but composed. They looked mature against a quick team.

11:52 AM  
Blogger mooky_l3d said...

Teamwork makes the Dreamwork

12:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This team is getting better, but they still don't have that killer instinct needed to win CAA. They should have beating FAU by 30, but they allowed them to stay in the game. Hancock taking his teammates to task, Morrison losing his mind above the rim, and Long making key shots/passes showed that they can get there.

10:05 PM  

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