Manhattan Jaspers Preview & Stream Info
Tonight, George Mason (2-3) completes a five-game road trip as they take on the Manhattan Jaspers (0-2). Fresh off their surprising second-place finish in the Charleston Classic this past weekend, the Patriots will try to keep their momentum going in the Bronx, with tip-off at 7 pm. This is the second straight season that Mason will face the Jaspers as the first game after an early season, neutral site tournament.
Mason is 4-0 all time against Manhattan, but tonight will be just their second trip to Draddy Gymnasium. The series between the two schools beganÂ with a 78-66Â win in Fairfax in a 2005 ESPN BracketBuster game most famous for Tony Skinnâ€™s ankle-breaking crossover. George Mason also won the return game in November 2006, 72-66.Â The Patriots were also victorious in Fairfax in 2011, 81-61, and, most memorably, won 64-63 on Jalen Jenkinsâ€™ 75-foot buzzer-beater last November 29.
Manhattan, the two-time-defending MAAC champions, have gotten off to a slow start at 0-2. Coming off a road loss to St. Mary’s and a home loss to Bucknell to open the season, the short-handed Jaspers will once again be without sophomore Calvin Crawford and red-shirt freshman Samson Usilo tonight, and may only have five scholarship players available, according to numerous media reports. Manhattan has not started a season 0-3 since 2005.