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Sherrod Wright's late game heroics lift George Mason past Hofstra

George Mason Basketball: Sherrod Wright's late game heroics lift George Mason past Hofstra

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Sherrod Wright's late game heroics lift George Mason past Hofstra

George Mason played another one down to the wire last night but the got the road win against Hofstra to remain in first place. Sherrod Wright finished with 15 points and had a three-point play that helped seal the victory for the Patriots in the last two minutes.  Wright's three-point play put Mason up 51-50 with 1:46 remaining then after a Hofstra miss freshman Corey Edwards hit two clutch free-throws to put away the game.  It feels like I keep saying that Mason is edging out victories in these sloppy games and they are but the important thing to remember here is that they are in fact winning them.  Not only are they winning them but they are getting contributions from different guys every night.

Last night no starters reached double-figures and only two had more than three points, Bryon Allen and Vertrail Vaughns went scoreless. Sherrod Wright stepped up big time and is flourishing in this new role off the bench. He gives Mason that pop off the bench like Isaiah Tate and Vertail Vaughns did last season. However, if you had told me before the game that this team would have won a road game with all that happening and especially Ryan Pearson only scoring nine points, I would not have believed you. In fact the Patriots' bench out-scored Hofstra's bench 36-6 while also controlling the boards. Sophomore Jonathan Arledge has averaged nine points over the past three games and is starting to become a viable option off the bench for Paul Hewitt. Freshman Corey Edwards has had some ups and downs this season, as every freshman does, but he was clutch last night hitting those two free-throws and adding a late three-pointer in the 2nd half. Winning these types of games is something that builds team chemistry and is something they will have to keep doing to get to the CAA tournament finals this season. However some of the numbers from this game were ugly.

In first half the Patriots went 4-for-23 from the field (17.4%) and had numerous turnovers. They finished the game with 18 turnovers which continues to be an alarming stat when they still have to play VCU twice.  I mention VCU because they are #2 in the national right now when it comes to takeaways, both steals per game and total steals on the year.  Mason just has to clean this up, that's all there is to it.  They overcame these struggles last night by taking better shots in the second half (45.8% FG), hitting key three-points, and getting to the line late in the game.

Notes: Freshman Erik Copes dressed for the game last night but didn't play (coaches decision), however I would expect him back Saturday for the JMU game.  Also, Ryan Pearson took a hard shot to the mouth that swelled up his lip pretty bad.  Doesn't seem like anything serious though.

The Hofstra student section put much more effort into their signs to taunt Andre Cornelius than the Drexel students did. Sign of respect?



Anonymous Moses said...

Still no Copes? Hmmmm.

9:42 AM  
Anonymous GMURULES said...

Gray is not getting much playing time last couple games.  What is going on with that? I saw a post the other day from someone saying they would not be surprised if he transferred.  Any issues with Gray.  The kids seems to have game.

10:02 AM  
Anonymous gmuhoops said...

He's a freshman, there is going to be ups an downs with his minutes. Don't think there is any truth to a rumor like that.

10:05 AM  
Anonymous GMURULES said...

Good deal.  Thank you!

10:10 AM  
Anonymous GMURULES said...

Good deal.  Thanks!

10:11 AM  
Anonymous Cedric Stephens said...

Wright & Edwards need to start period!! It is to slow motion out there! Push the ball more & feed the post! Y'all do not do that at all last night! No pick & roll! They pick & pop out! Y'all shoot the 3 to much! Step in & make the easy jumper & learn how to use the glass please! What the hell happen to basic basketball? The guard need learn how slow down & never stop there dribble & why in the hell would dribble yourself under the basket &then think about passing the ball! Coach Hewitt teach your guards!!!! You are not teaching at all!!! Real talk!! They are out of control!! Run fastbreak drills & put a chair at the damn foul line & if they hit it they will learn how to control there self because the chair do not hit back! Play smart please!! I wish I was in fairfax I'm telling! I don't like it! Stay smart & focus!!

10:14 AM  
Anonymous Cedric Stephens said...

No heart!! I've see it!

10:18 AM  
Anonymous Charlie T said...

It is what it is and the what is what makes every game like dancing with the devil. No matter what, I look on the bright side. We are Nine and one(when was the last time we were Nine and one) Our bench is not just a place to sit, The future groundwork and development, while sometimes slow to see, is also in place. Do I think we will win out. Sure I hope so but at this point and beyond I am very satisfied that the change is a thing of the past and whatever happens it has been a fun year.
Just keep winning on the road.

10:23 AM  
Anonymous gmuhoops said...

That is a dumb comment, were you saying this after his games against Drexel, JMU, and Delaware? This is becoming a deep team and there are only so many minutes to go around.

10:24 AM  
Anonymous Patriot74 said...

Did anyone catch the classless Hofstra fans on the feed last night. They had a large billboard fashioned in teh shape of a mastercard with AC's face on it. I guess they took a page out of the Drexel fans poor character notebook.

11:04 AM  
Anonymous gmuhoops said...

Yeah, I put a link to the picture in the bottom of the post. You can see it here

11:06 AM  
Anonymous Gio said...

Well a win is a win no matter how ugly. Arledge is money, especially when it comes to free throws. Winning like this when our starters are struggling is a good sign that we can rely on our bench when needed.

11:52 AM  
Anonymous Patotobin said...

Our bench is deep with guys who should be sitting on the bench. I'm not happy with the talent that's out there, and neither should you.

12:03 PM  
Anonymous BoredInClass said...

I don't get how people can advocate for someone to start or sit at this point. We are winning games with the rotations that Hewitt has set up, don't screw with the chemistry. I can see why someone would want Sherrod to start, but honestly if he's going to drop 15 points a night does it matter if it's off the bench? He plays starter minutes anyway. Edwards should come off the bench as he does also, he has become an extremely clutch player and seems to hit one or two big shots a game that turn the momentum our way. Every player seems to be coming in and providing quality minutes which contribute to winning games. I like what I see.

12:38 PM  
Anonymous Jmckend1 said...

Hey look y'all! Debbie Downer is back!

1:18 PM  
Anonymous Moses said...

I like the fact that many are getting pt, especially Arledge as he, Williams and Copes will be tough to all find room for next season, but I don't think Hewitt has any set rotations. It seems he's still trying different combos depending upon the match ups game to game.  Really looking forward to seeing Copes versus the Dukes Saturday.   

1:24 PM  
Anonymous gmuhoops said...

Yeah it's hard to criticize how Hewitt's handling this roster. During the beginning of the season I never thought we'd be 9-1 in conference play. 

1:39 PM  
Anonymous Patriot74 said...

Yeah and our only loss was a close one away against Drexel who were picked to finish first and playing good ball right now. I'll take 9-1 and be happy.

2:01 PM  
Anonymous Rmjank said...

Our "Green Team" beat the starters last night, 36-19.  So, starter or bench, you'd have to say everyone gets some chance to contribute.  It was like a couple of years ago when Pearson, Morrison, Cornelius and Hancock were all pups, but they got their playing time, and it affords the coach the opportunity to see which mix of players does best.  And keeps our collective energy up for the end of the game.  Both Pearson and Morrison had in effect one quarter of the game off.
It makes me wonder if the staff looked at the schedule and decided it was more valuable to get everyone playing time and experience, even if we ended up losing a game or two to weaker opponents.  After all, other than bragging rights to winning the regular season, all that really matters is that you finish in the top 4.  Anyway, if that's the game plan, it's been working well.  If not, then we have been indeed fortunate to have had this week schedule here in mid-season.

2:11 PM  
Anonymous Neeker1000 said...

Mr. P missed you and have reserved a spot for you on the couch coaches couch!

9:22 PM  
Anonymous Cedric Stephens said...

There is nothing dumb about when you do not have guard that is is in control of the game? Your bugging! If you play the spot you must keep your head in the game for 40mins not thinking what should I do! That is called basic skill. Know the game if you played it!

10:45 AM  

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