GW Overwhelms Mason on Senior Night, 67-51

Posted In News - By Brian Wright On Wednesday, March 4th, 2015 With 0 Comments


Coming off its best effort during this lackluster season, George Mason had all intentions of channeling any residual momentum into a match-up with George Washington on Wednesday. But the energy that resulted in a halftime lead would eventually go by the wayside, as the Colonials used an early second half spurt to spoil Senior Night for the Patriots.

Mason (9-20, 4-13) appeared to be more than keeping up with its local rival when Paul Hewitt’s club carried a 32-29 edge heading into the locker room. Soon after the final twenty minute period commenced, things quickly swung in favor of GW (19-11, 9-8).

A pair of Colonial three-pointers – one by John Kopriva and the other by leading scorer Patricio Garino – put them up in front. Three consecutive field goals by Paul Jorgensen made sure they stayed there.

By the 8:50 mark, it was 50-38. Potential victory was once again turning into a frustrating end result.

The Patriots narrowed the gap back to seven with under four minutes to play. But it proved to be a temporary sign of hope. Mason went cold – shooting a lowly 24 percent from the field in the second half (including just 2-of-10 from beyond the arc). That, compounded with GW’s 30-18 edge in the paint and the Colonials’ resurgence was far too much to overcome in the 67-51 final score.

A bright spot proved to be the play of senior Corey Edwards. In his final game in the Patriot Center, Edwards was the driving force in Mason’s early advantage. Marquise Moore wound up leading the club with 12 points.

As for the Colonials Garino led all scorers with 15 (connecting on six of his eight shot attempts) and also added a team-best nine rebounds. On the whole, GW had a 38-29 advantage on the boards.

Mason’s woeful second half from the field resulted in a 32.2 percent effort for the game – a far cry from the Patriots’ 61 percent performance last Saturday against Saint Louis.

The regular season finale on the road against conference giant Virginia Commonwealth and the subsequent Atlantic 10 Tournament are both coming within the next week.

About - Brian is a new contributor to MasonHoops.com for the 2014-2015 season. With over a decade's worth of sports journalism experience, he has been featured on Bleacher Report, SB Nation, as well as The Washington Examiner. Currently, Brian is the MLB Lead Writer for The Sports Daily (thesportsdaily.net/author/brianwright), a staff writer with the Stafford County Sun (VA), and the host of a baseball history podcast, 'Baseball as It Was' (baseballasitwas.com). While attending Virginia Tech, Brian covered Frank Beamer's Hokie football teams - among other sports - for the school's daily campus newspaper. Follow Brian on Twitter (@BrianWright86).

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