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Fear the Beard Campaign: 4th Edition

George Mason Basketball: Fear the Beard Campaign: 4th Edition

Monday, February 06, 2012

Fear the Beard Campaign: 4th Edition

We are closing in on the last remaining regular season games for Ryan Pearson and I think he still is very much in the running for CAA player of the year. He is currently third in the conference in scoring (17.8 ppg), fifth in rebounding (8.8 rpg), and seventh in FG% (50.0). Let's not also forget that he is second on the team in three-pointers made this season (21) and overall is shooting 35% from there.  Pearson has had his slumps recently but he still managed to contribute by grabbing a key offensive rebound or hitting a late game free-throw.  He's been more consistent overall than the likes of ODU's Kent Bazemore (preseason CAA POY pick) or VCU's Bradford Burgess. Pearson has just been doing more than those other guys and is getting double-teamed a lot more often.  He is one of the most versatile players in the country, especially with his improved three-point shooting and the number of steals he had collected this season. His two steals late in the game against ODU on Saturday were a prime example of the do-it-all type player he has become this season.  I can't imagine a more difficult player to game plan against in the CAA than Ryan Pearson, as he still seems to find new ways to score around the basket.

Some of Pearson's other notable accomplishments this season:

-10 double-doubles, only three other players in the CAA have more

-highest scoring point total in single-game among CAA players: 35 against Charleston

-highest number of FGs made in single-game among CAA players: 15 against Charleston

-went 10-for-10 from the FT line against Georgia State

[Photos by John Powell]


Anonymous Patriot74 said...

He's a great player. I wish Ryan well. He gave alot to GMU basketball. Hope to see him play pro.

4:54 PM  

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