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George Mason suffers first CAA loss to Hofstra

George Mason Basketball: George Mason suffers first CAA loss to Hofstra

Thursday, January 06, 2011

George Mason suffers first CAA loss to Hofstra

The Patriots lost on their first CAA road trip of the season to Hofstra 87-74 and you can tell from the final score there was plenty of breakdowns on defense.  They let Charles Jenkins go off in the 2nd half and ended up finishing with 32 points on the night.  Hofstra is a one-man show with Jenkins and the fact that Patriots couldn't even slow him down gave them no shot in the 2nd half. If you bet on sports at Betus like I used to you'd know Mason was still favored in this one. This game was very much like the one against NC State as play-by-play man Bill Rohland mentioned where the Patriots gave up  a ton of transition points and allowed too many open looks and easy lay-ups. In the first half Mason switched to a zone defense and Hofstra started to drain three-pointers. Add on to that Mike Morrison again being in early foul trouble and the Patriots usual first half flow was thwarted and they never really recovered. The Pride didn't need much effort to pour on the points and shot 59% from the field in the second, something I'm sure Larranaga was thrilled about. You can watch and hear his postgame comments below:

Offensively the numbers don't look bad by any account for that Patriots but when the Pride went on a 14-0 run in the 2nd half you saw a ton of ill-advised shot attempts.  Mason's poor shot selection led to a ton of easy baskets for the Pride and in turn made it much tougher for them to clamp down on defense.  Ryan Pearson had a great night leading Mason scorers with 22 but at times the team looked very flat on offense after starting out shooting 53% in the 1st half.  Luke Hancock and Mike Morrison were non-existent on offense. Morrison's inability to stay in games is starting to really become an issue, the team can't have him off the floor for that long with their lack of depth at forward.

It's a little alarming to see the team perform this bad in their first CAA road game as the conference seems to be even more competitive this year.  Yes Charles Jenkins had a hell of a game but were the Patriots really that surprised to see him scoring like that? I'd be ok with him scoring 20 but 32 is just inexcusable for a team that puts defense first.  This is the second consecutive game where they let the other team's star go off in the 2nd half. It let Delaware nearly crawl back into the game on Monday and it was their complete undoing last night. With ODU on the docket for Saturday something has to change or it's not going to be pretty.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent commentary, Ryan. What I have noticed however, when Pearson gets the ball inside, the team just stands around waiting for him to score, turn the ball over, or get fouled. Very rarely does he pass the ball back. Consequently, the remaining guys get fewer touches and the offense becomes painfully stagnant. On the defensive end, Jenkins was in a scorer's zone. What can you do? He's just that Good!

11:06 AM  
Blogger Ryan said...

I agree with that. Pearson does get selfish at times. Morrison, when he stays in the game, will at find the open man more often.

11:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My question was, why did we switch from Ike, our defensive specialist, covering Jenkins in the 1st half to Cam covering him in the 2nd? I know Cam's a good defender, but against a pure scorer like Jenkins, I want to see our best defender on him. Would it have kept Jenkins from having a big game? Maybe not, but I seriously doubt he'd have had 32 points, seeing as most of those came in the 2nd half

1:23 PM  
Blogger Ryan said...

Cam was guarding Jenkins almost the entire game.

2:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jenkins raised his game to the next level in the second half. Mason(the TEAM)did not match his or the rest of the Hofstra player's intensity. Just as enthusiasm is contagious, so is complacency. So we can Monday Morning quarterback and point the finger all day long. The fact of the matter-Mason got beat fair and square!

2:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No one is saying Mason didn't get beat fair and square. There's been no mention of any shady doings or bad officiating. We're just trying to figure out the reasons why our team played as badly as they have all season last night

7:30 PM  
Blogger mooky_l3d said...

I am just glad I didn't see the game, I was listening and getting mad enough. Jenkins was out of this world and I am sure that the scouts were impressed. Mason was a let down. Came out of the half with a 7-0 run then nothing. Get Morrison some low post moves or set some screens to get this ball moving. The only low post player with moves is Pearson, and he can't pass out of a double team. This was a clear lack of intensity. They better find it cause on Sat. ODU comes in and they are ballin'. Their D is on point and can shut down any team. Pick up the intensity and basketball smarts. GO MASON!!!!

10:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree mooky. I don't know if Pearson can't pass out of a double team because he has yet to try. He doesn't look to pass. Not to get on the coaching staff. However, it would be nice to actually have a proven "Big" coach Mason's "Bigs-" someone who can go head-to-toe with these guys and teach them offensive moves(which includes passing) and defensive techniques.

10:28 AM  

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