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The streak continues as George Mason edges out Northern Iowa

George Mason Basketball: The streak continues as George Mason edges out Northern Iowa

Sunday, February 20, 2011

The streak continues as George Mason edges out Northern Iowa

First off, I apologize for those we didn't get drunk while playing the drinking game I made. The ESPN2 announcers must have gotten wind of it. Regardless we saw a resilient George Mason team come from behind on the road in a tough arena for their 13th straight victory.  Andre Cornelius was the difference with his 24 points and 5-for-8 shooting from behind the arc.  Ryan Pearson added a double-double with 21 and 15 as the Patriots found themselves in a rare close game.  Northern Iowa was hot from the three-point line and were shooting 58% in the first half .  It was so bad that Larranaga benched Mike Morrison for all but 4 minutes in the second half to have quicker guys out there to defend the perimeter better.  In the end it worked as UNI didn't have nearly as a successful of a half shooting wise. Mason's offense kept rolling in the 2nd half and ended up with 17 assists by my count I believe they are 12 or 13-0 when they record 16 or more assists.  However it was not an easy victory for the Patriots and you have to appreciate them coming back in this one as they easily could have folded against a team on a hot shooting night.  They continue to surge into March and don't seem to show any signs of slowing down.



Anonymous ChemistCorner1 said...

Excellent win - let's get a full-house there for Thursday night and give Cam and Tate the Senior send off they deserve.

1:15 PM  
Anonymous Sturner145 said...

I'm from Fairfax, was in a hotel room in Boston and surprised to find a Mason game on television there. A great game. The timekeep began to cheat with about two minutes to go. He was very slow to start the clock on in-bounds. He finally got caught with about 10 seconds on the clock, which didn't move for the longest time. The refs took about five seconds off. Didn't anyone else notice that?

3:36 PM  
Anonymous overrated14 said...

Nice win by Mason. Although Cornelius and Pearson had the numbers, Cam was the highlight of this game. He stayed within the flow of the game, kept his composure when he was getting very limited touches because of Luke(not the defense) not passing the ball back to him (ugh)-reminiscent of last year. Cam came through as he has done all season for this team-When It Truly Matters-Lights out 3 Pointers. He is the ultimate teamplayer and leader. I wish him nothing but the best. He deserves it! I echo ChemistCorner-Let's Pack The House Thursday!

11:25 PM  
Anonymous Reggie said...

One last shot- anyone who questions the kind of coach we have should remember this game. Not simply this win streak, but this particular game. The man has been around, and is as good as they come. We are VERY lucky to have him here.

6:49 AM  
Anonymous Charlie T said...

This was the most difficult game for me since the event I was attending did not allow for me to see any of it.I do thank everyone with the comments and of course,Ryan. It appears to me Free throws, the one part of the history of GMU basketball, that has caused so much anxiety over the years played a major factor in the win. Hope I can some day see the game.

8:17 AM  
Anonymous c hirsch said...

Still not ranked in coaches poll. Lame.

12:57 PM  
Anonymous Scottranda said...

Obviously the recent Coaches/ESPN poll is not that impressed with GMU's run with 13 straight wins longest in the country for DI. Unlike D1 college football BCS there is a DI tournament in College Basketball which is not subjective play the games not speculate who's best. As a result GMU needs to win the CAA tourney to get a automatic bid in order to make the tournment. Moreover, an at-large bid is subjective an may or may not get GMU in the D1 tourney in March.

1:42 PM  
Anonymous jim said...

Ranked or not, Mason's in the tourny

2:07 PM  
Anonymous c hirsch said...

I wasn't aware of any of this. Thanks for letting me know.

2:26 PM  
Anonymous Patotobin said...

After Mason wins at home this Thursday night, they can take a nap and wake up on selection Sunday. If they drop the game at Georgia St. and lose their second tourn game to say Hofstra, well.. they would probably be a 12 seed. I actually like the 12 seed better than the 6,7,8,9,10,11 seeds. I know it would probably be easier to win the first round as a 6,7,8,9,10,11 seed but the second round would be most likely rewarded with a 4 seed, which is much much better (my opinion) than 1,2,3 seed. I'll be watching and expecting us to run the table from here on out, but if we hick-up, it won't be the end of the world, we just gotta close out the CAA by winning Thurs night.

10:47 AM  
Anonymous Patotobin said...

Does anyone hear crickets?

10:49 AM  

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