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George Mason defeats Houston in OT, will host Western Michigan Wednesday in CBI semifinals

George Mason Basketball: George Mason defeats Houston in OT, will host Western Michigan Wednesday in CBI semifinals

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

George Mason defeats Houston in OT, will host Western Michigan Wednesday in CBI semifinals

George Mason played one of their better games of the season last night in their overtime win against Houston. The Patriots opened the game on fire with a 15-0 run but you knew Houston, a high-scoring, uptempo team, would make their run to try and get back into it. They started to before the first half ended but Mason did a good job of defending the perimeter and getting to the foul line to slow down the Cougars. Sherrod Wright had 29 points and Houston didn't have an answer for him on defense all night. Bryon Allen continues to have a great March and was two rebounds and one assist short of a triple-double. Freshman Patrick Holloway and Marko Gujanicic logged a lot of minutes, which was good because that's part of the point in playing in the CBI. Both had a few miscues but they were in the game during the critical moments and both helped Mason get the victory.

The Patriots have been playing some encouraging basketball in these last two games and are definitely taking this tournament seriously. I think this is a good start to begin to build towards next season. They are playing better together as a team and putting in more effort on the defensive end. They are also playing with a degree of confidence that we rarely saw throughout the season.

Mason had 17 points off turnovers, a lot of which came in the first half.

The Patriots were also on-point from behind the arch last night and finished 11-22 on three-pointers. Patrick Holloway was 3-for-6:

Erik Copes had a fairly quiet night but did have three blocks. One of which he put in the stands:

And a Bryon Allen put back slam:

Next up for George Mason they will host Western Michigan on Wednesday night at 7 pm in the CBI semifinals. The winner will play either Santa Clara or Wright State in the finals, which is a best of three series. 

[Photo by Bill Bride]



Anonymous Christopher Hirsch said...

Pretty good atmosphere at the Patriot Center last night. Crowd was real into it late and in OT which was nice to see.

Some very frustrating moments but can't complain too much about a win. I wish the blowing huge leads problem would stop but at least this season it appears here to stay.

Marko drives me nuts, he had one of the dumbest passes I have ever seen in my life when we got that final rebound in OT. He only had to hold on to it and be fouled but instead made a dangerous pass. Hopefully he learns from that, and he learns to play a little bit of defense. I was mystified as to why Hewitt had him out there on d at the end of regulation.

But great experience for this team to be in late game situations the last two games. Think this tournament will serve us well next season in the A-10.

10:25 AM  
Anonymous StopWearingPurple said...

With each miscue in the clutch my thought was, "this is good experience for down the road." GMU made two smart decisions this month: Play the CBI; Go to the A-10.

10:28 AM  
Anonymous Rick Jank said...

Other than the annoying Bobby Cremins "helping" to call the game, it was a good game to watch. Nice to see Wright looking nimble and confident again!

3:11 PM  
Anonymous Bentley said...

Nice to see this team finally win games it should win. Still disturbing they blow monster leads, but at least they are holding on. On a simpler note - please stop wearing the hideous black uniforms! The yellow are bad enough but the black are just painful to look at. Can we get back to the home whites and solid road greens please? The nation learned about Mason in 2006 wearing the greens, it was their calling card. Why walk away from brand recognition?

11:26 PM  

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