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George Mason falls at UNCW

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Saturday, January 12, 2013

George Mason falls at UNCW

George Mason endured a bad loss at UNCW Saturday afternoon. They were beat on both ends of the court and allowed a guy who averaged under 6 points a game to go off for 30. Defensive effort was nonexistent and they were killed on the boards. Erik Copes missed the game with a hip injury and they were killed in the front court with out him.

It seems that for Mason to win road conference games they need Sherrod Wright to score nearly 30 points. In their previous outing he was a non-factor and others stepped up. In this game he came up big but didn't get enough help down the stretch. This inconsistency on offense is a broken a record this year and seems to happen every other game. 


Anonymous Matt_LC said...

Soft. I know that's a big word to use in sports but they got killed on the board, horrible number of offensive boards allowed. Apparently when we decide to limit a teams star we don't defend anyone else. Offensively it seems like only the teams we play can get three or more guys in double figures.

2:04 PM  
Anonymous Rick Jank said...

Welcome to Hewitt’s Sophomore Season. Most CAA teams faced us twice last year, so now as we begin the new tour through the CAA, opponent coaches have solved what there is of a Mason game plan. The result: an open 3pt shot can be had against us any time they want to; unless your name is Copes, no one respects your ability to rebound and will fight you for positioning, with good success; except for the occasional other player getting hot, the offense begins and ends with Sherrod Wright who mostly creates on his own; feeding the post is always an adventure, and even when we get it cleanly to one of our bigs, they are often clumsily unsuccessful trying to put the ball up; and when the fast break offense that Hewitt tried to imprint on this team is deployed, it tends to hurt them more than help.

I’m sure Yellow Jackets everywhere are saying I told you so.

This is the first year in quite a while where I find my expectations almost completely deflated. The last glimmer of an at large bid to the ncaa’s faded a while ago, and it is now fairly apparent that even if we should win the autobid, we would be seeded 14 at the very best and destined to get unceremoniously blown out by whoever we face. Gone from these January and February games will be that nervousness in my stomach, that “this is a must win game” feel. It’s all like a scrimmage now, where I look for this or that player to make strides in his game. Root on I will, and maybe with a few strong wins I might get a little of the feeling back. And sure, I’d want our team to have some success this year and some tournament experience to build on. But please, please let me know when the Fire Hewitt Bandwagon has left the garage, because I am waiting at the first stop.

10:58 AM  
Anonymous Andy Minor said...

My brothers are both VT fans, who told me that Hewitt was, for years, the "laughing stock" of the ACC. They'll win a few games, have talented players, but no matter what, you could have always beaten GT because they played an inconsistent brand of basketball that let any opponent, good or bad, stay in the game as long as they wanted. On the road he teams were always even worse. The man has no confidence as an in-game coach, evident by how our players look more confused and disorganized after time outs than they did before them. There's hardly ever a game plan, at least one that's not evident to fans. I really don't get it.

One more home loss and I will make a "Fire Paul Hewitt" sign to bring with me to the games. I am seriously doubting whether or not I'll renew my season tickets for next year. I thought I'd hold them for life, but it's becoming more and more obvious that the school cares less about the basketball program than I do.

11:44 AM  
Anonymous GMURULES said...

I just don't get it. Substitution pattern is inconsistant, the players don't play hard and the offense, well there is no offense. The bigs that I was so jacked about just are not cutting it and have no hands. I love the team and they have so much potential, but they just look horrible.

5:32 PM  
Anonymous James Hubbard said...

The GMU administration face a difficult situation. Many fans have given up on this team and this coach. More will probably do so in the coming weeks, because performances like Saturday's are likely to reoccur. The plight of this year's team is particularly sad given Coach L's continued success in Miami. Will O'Connor do the right thing and replace the coach before next season? Can GMU afford to eat the rest of his contract? Not a happy time in the front office.

5:46 PM  
Anonymous Moses said...

Disgraceful and sad given the talent on this team. He recruited very good prospects into no system and no discipline. Younger guys like Holloway should be seeking other opportunities. No excuse for this. Soft. Soft.

10:01 PM  
Anonymous Monèt Sutton said...

I didn't want to say this but as a hard-core Mason fan I have to say that Coach Hewitt just isn't helping this team. We have GREAT players who are playing like crap and I'm thinking it must be because of the leadership behind the team. We had a ok season last year and this season is just proving to be quite horrible. I mean we're 6th in standings. Teams we would usually cream are beating our butts. If we don't approve then I will be one of those people calling for Hewitt's resignation.

10:08 AM  

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