Saturday Night’s Allright for Fightin’

Not a bad weekend at all…

George Mason 66, ODU 47: The “battle for first place” was only the fourth best game in terms of entertainment value. (ODU never made a second half run, and GMU never made the gmae really bad.) The Patriots took it to the Monarchs in convincing fashion, and while nobody can be surprised at the GMU win, the way they won is eye-opening. Blaine Taylor said it best when he opened the post game press conference by saying sometimes the story is not what you didn’t do, it’s what the other guy did.

Scary for the CAA: Lamar Butler, GMUs designated gunner and senior tri-captain, only shot the ball twice when the game was somewhat in doubt. He wasn’t bad; just non-existent. And GMU still carved up the Monarchs. I would also comment about the importance of GMUs bench getting a combined 28 first half minutes, but a 18-point lead has a way of allowing your bench to play.

Hysterically, Mason gets to play for first place again on Saturday against The Dub.

Hofstra 76, Drexel 75 (ot): You want drama? TNT has nothing on this game. Consider: Drexel held Hofstra scoreless over the last 3:51 of regulation and the first 3:53 of overtime to turn a 67-61 regulation deficit into a 73-67 overtime lead. Hofstra STILL trailed 75-69 with 35 seconds left, but after Antoine Agudio missed a free throw (after making the first) and the Pride grabbed the offensive board. Carlos Rivera then knocked down a three-pointer to cut the lead to two with 18 seconds left, and Hofstra drew a five-second call on the ensuing inbounds pass.

Rivera was then fouled on a three-pointer, Bruiser Flint was called for a technical foul with 6.3 seconds left for leaving the box to argue the call. Now, I didn’t see the play. Flint could’ve been running all over the court like a madman. But when you consider how little time Flint actully spends in the coaches box during an entire game, to draw a technical foul at this juncture is dubious.

Of course, Rivera missed the two technical foul shots. Figures. But Rivera then regrouped to make the final three to give Hofstra a 76-75 lead. Bashir Mason’s 25-footer rimmed out at the buzzer.

Side note: Frankenstein scored “only” 17, but also drew the defensive assignment on Dom Mejia in the second half. Mejia did not score.

VCU 79, Georgia State 68 (ot): Jeff Capel pulled all five starters off the floor three minutes into this one and VCU trailing 7-0. But what stands out to me is wondering why Michael Perry allowed VCU to shoot the tying three-pointer with seven seconds to play. Don’t you foul in that situation? It’s not as if VCU is a good rebounding team…

The Dub 46, Nor’Easter 44: JJ Barea, meet Trask. Five points and nine turnovers? Yikes! How did UNCW overcome a nine-point halftime deficit when the game only produced mid-40s points? Six turnovers. That’s three less than Barea. Side note: Barea asst/to ratio was 7/9. Goldsberry was 7/1.

Eggs, Over Easy: JMU allowed Peter Stein 16 points in 19 minutes in an 86-68 drubbing in Williamsburg. I’m thinking the same thing: PETER STEIN???

And Towson gets drilled by 15, at home, to the Fighting Nanas. That’s just egg.

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Bracket Buster announcements are later today. Early “leak” has Mason traveling to Wichita State to play the Shockers. WSU, accoring to Ken Pomeroy, sports an RPI of 23 and sits in third in the MVC. I’d say “big one,” but they are all big ones. This si even more so because it is a “comparison” game for GMU, and a chance to wipe a great deal of the memory of the Creighton game.

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~ by mglitos on January 30, 2006.

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