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George Mason wins thriller against Duquesne in double OT

George Mason Basketball: George Mason wins thriller against Duquesne in double OT

Thursday, December 23, 2010

George Mason wins thriller against Duquesne in double OT

The Patriots left Pittsburgh with a thrilling double overtime victory over Duquesne 85-79 to improve to 9-2 on the season. This is Mason's best start to the season since 1983 when they achieved the current team record winning streak of 11 games and started off 12-2. Cam Long and Ryan Pearson might have led the Patriots in scoring with 17 each but Isaiah Tate was the real star in this one.  Tate scored 7 of his 14 points in the second overtime period that helped secure the victory coupled with clutch free-throws from Ryan Pearson down the stretch.  It was just the kind of back and fourth gritty battle you want your guys to experience on the road although I'm sure they were exhausted afterwards.  Neither team backed down at any point and Mason was able to beat the Dukes at their own game: from behind the three-point line.  However defensively you have to applaud the team's effort because they were facing a very talented offensive group and didn't let them get into any type of a rhythm.  The Patriots did turn over the ball a lot in the beginning of the game but never let the Dukes capitalize.  It was a great balanced team victory and the Patriots did a lot of things well in this one.

Offensively it was another good shooting night from the three-point line for Mason as they shot better form there (42.3%) then they did from the field (38.9%).  They dominated the boards and ended the game with 26 offensive rebounds, they had been averaging about 11.5 up until this point.  Of course they had a lot of opportunities for offensive boards because of their poor shooting from the field but they made good on a lot of second chance points.  Both teams got to the free-throw line about the same but Mason ended up having the last laugh in OT.  They have been slowly improving in this area this season and I think it's going to pay off a lot by the end of the season. Another area the team did well in again was dishing out assists as they finished with 16 in this one.  The Patriots are 7-0 this season when they record 16 or more assists.

The veterans on this squad really stepped up in this game. Luke Hancock was badly a sore shoulder and didn't play his usual game.  Even without Hancock's crafty scoring the Patriots didn't miss a beat down the stretch as Cam Long, Isaiah Tate, and Ryan Pearson filled the void and really carried the team.  Last season the team was desperate for moments like this and it's really a big improvement this year.  Coach Larranaga in the post game says they "played George Mason basketball" and they really didn't stray away from their game in this one even when the Dukes kept battling back. They never let the Dukes force their game onto them and that's something you really want to see out of your guys on the road.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mason did it again, this time in a close game, very impressive! They were able to accomplish the two keys to winning this game, Keeping Duquesne under 80 points (even with the extra 10 minutes of play) and held them under 30% from the 3-pt line (they only shot 25% from the 3-pt line). Love the fact that Mason won, on the road, in double-OT, when the two big men were both fouled out at the end! I've been watching Mason bball since 2003, and it's been a while since I felt as confident about this team pulling out this win as the seconds ticked away in the second OT! GO MASON!!!

10:25 AM  
Blogger What Not said...

Now that was impressive. Duquesne is a tough team and dropping that game would have been understandable- on the road, non conference, holidays, etc.
Nice win, no doubt. Really nice going into conference play soon. I like Hancock coming off the bench. Gives teams something else to handle. And a lot of good minutes from the rest of the bench.

11:13 AM  
Blogger Essay said...

I have to admit when this thing went into overtime I feared the worst. The team had played well up to that point but I thought they would fall apart and we would lose a closely contested match. I'm so glad the guys proved me wrong. They were clutch when it mattered. Cam made a huge 3 pointer at some point near the end and so did Andre. Ryan also came up huge with his free throws and aggressive moves to the basket. And then Isaiah just took over in the end and finished the job. They were very impressive to say the least. They showed real mettle and maturity that was needed last year. The depth this year is also proving huge as Vertrail, Tate and Allen are coming in to contribute. This experience away from home should prove useful for the future.

5:01 PM  
Blogger Brent and Abigail said...

I only was able to watch the overtime online, but I think depth is definitely one of their strong points this year. Not to mention defense and maybe even rebounding. Two things that were weaknesses last year. If Vaughns can continue to step up, he could be a huge role player like Tate is proving to be.

One question... I don't ever see highlights anymore? Whats up with that? How can we watch some highlights??


8:09 AM  
Blogger Ryan said...


Thuc Phan who did those wonder highlight videos last season isn't with the team this year. Huge loss for us fans.

However I'd posted highlights this year that I have been able to find but they are not nearly as good.

8:59 AM  
Blogger Alan said...


If the game is televised, the CAA posts highlights on YouTube at

Note that they put up one video with the entire league's highlights for the night, with about 2 minutes devoted to each team. They usually get the vids up the same night or the next morning.

Also, at least for home games, there are usually highlights on, but they can take days to show up --- sometimes close to a week.

10:12 AM  

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