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George Mason is headed to the CBI finals after win over Western Michigan

George Mason Basketball: George Mason is headed to the CBI finals after win over Western Michigan

Thursday, March 28, 2013

George Mason is headed to the CBI finals after win over Western Michigan

George Mason took care of Western Michigan last night in the CBI semifinals on the back of Jonathan Arledge's career-high 23 points. They will now face Santa Clara in the best of three CBI finals with the location still TBD. The Patriots played very good defense in this one and limited the Broncos free-throw opportunities, which was a big key heading in. On the other side Mason got to the line a ton and went 24-for-28 from there and controlling the tempo. When they get there at this high a rate they are tough to beat, plain and simple. Bryon Allen continued his excellent month of March scoring, stealing, and dishing out assists. He finished with seven of them in this one and has averaged 7.3 per game in the CBI so far. He has been running the offense more and overall everything looks smoother.

At one point Mason went on an 18-0 with the Broncos going scoreless for nine minutes during that stretch. The outside shots weren't playing for either team but the Patriots got 22 points off the Bronco's 23 turnovers and made them pay at the foul line. It wasn't a pretty game but Mason never lost control and even won the battle in the paint. The confidence this team is showing continues and they are playing better team basketball.

Jonathan Arledge continues to show his potential and scoring power. He's averaged 15 PPG during the CBI and has all but solidified the second scoring role on this team. His versatility definitely gave Western Michigan, who has a strong front court presence, problems all night. Teams don't know who to put on him and as a result he gets to the line. Last night he was 8-for-8 from there. His ability to score in transition is another big part of his game that has been helping Mason a lot over these last three games. Bryon Allen and Corey Edwards seem to be having an easier time finding him in good spots and results have been great.

The Patriots now face Santa Clara, who was probably the best team heading into this tournament. They have one of the most efficient offenses in the country and don't turn over the ball much. Most of their losses are to good teams, two to Gonzaga, two to Saint Mary's, and one to Duke and BYU. Kevin Foster is a heck of scorer (33 points last night) and is a lights out three-point shooter. They also have three other guys on their roster who are 1000+ point career scorers. They also have a legit big man in Marc Trasolini. It will no doubt be an tough fought best of three series and the Patriots will have to keep up their intensity on defense.

[Photo by Bill Bride]



Anonymous Brian Patterson said...

Looks like all 3 games are at Santa Clara :-/

10:07 AM  
Anonymous Christopher Hirsch said...


10:38 AM  
Anonymous StopWearingPurple said...

Outstanding defensive effort. Opponents didn't get many good looks.

12:20 PM  
Anonymous said...

From the CBI program: "The unique quality of the CBI presented by Buick is its bestof-
three Championship Series, which will be held April 1,
April 3, and April 5. One team will host two games should a
third game be necessary."
Each team gets a home game.

12:39 PM  
Anonymous Justin 'Tim Kaine' Edwards said...

look at how few fouls we had only copes was in foul trouble... and thats a given every game

1:22 PM  
Anonymous Brian Patterson said...

Welp, it was listed here, but looks like they've taken it down

2:07 PM  
Anonymous Christopher Hirsch said...

Pittsburgh and Washington State were in finals last year. They went back and forth. This is just flying cross country, it isn't going to India or something.

I'm not believing anything until the school officially announces it.

3:29 PM  
Anonymous Monèt Sutton said...

Game 1 is at Patriot Center. I know this because I work there. Due to Green Day concert and a college fair games 2 and 3 will be at Santa Clara's place

4:31 PM  
Anonymous Christopher Hirsch said...

Well someone lied to you.

6:16 PM  
Anonymous gmuhoops said...

First game at Santa Clara, then 2nd at Mason, at the RAC???

6:18 PM  
Anonymous Christopher Hirsch said...

Prob have to get PC ready for Green Day on Thursday, hence having it at the RAC.

6:22 PM  
Anonymous Monèt Sutton said...

They should probably tell the Patriot Center because PC believes they're having a game on Monday.

6:24 PM  
Anonymous Monèt Sutton said...

They didn't lie to me. Patriot Center truly believe they're hosting the game on Monday. Therefore someone higher up lied to THEM. I wasn't working the game either way

6:26 PM  
Anonymous Monèt Sutton said...

Apparently CBI changed their mind cuz even in this telecast they said that game 1 was suppose to be at Mason

6:32 PM  

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