Mason Edged by Old Dominion Despite Moore’s 22 Points

Posted In News - By Brian Wright On Thursday, December 4th, 2014 With 0 Comments


Another miracle was simply too much to ask.

Any possibility of a recurrence from what took place on Saturday night fell by the wayside for George Mason in the waning moments against former CAA foe Old Dominion.

This time, it was a pair of opposing three-pointers (from much closer range) that spelled Patriot defeat in a 75-69 loss.

After trailing for most of the contest, Mason (2-5) went up 60-59 behind Shevon Thompson’s layup at the 5:06 mark of the second half. That lead, however, remained tenuous – and soon disappeared when Monarchs guard Ambrose Mosley connected on a trey with three minutes left.

Mosley’s next make from long distance came with 1:10 to play – just beyond the arc and just inches away from the sideline. It boosted his Monarchs to a 68-62 advantage and made any hopes for a Patriot comeback futile. Mosley led ODU (6-1) and matched a career-high with 21 points – including five threes.

In taking a brief glance at the box score, what naturally jumps out are the scoring leaders – namely Mason sophomore guard Marquise Moore and his game-high 22 points. But a closer examination shows the great disparity in second chance points, with the Monarchs getting 20 to the Patriots’ 10. This despite a near-even battle in offensive rebounds (ODU 15, Mason 14). When a rebound did land in the hands of a Monarch, it was often grasped by Richard Ross, who posted a career-best 14 in that category (10 on the offensive glass).

The other clear deciding factor was three-point shooting. Old Dominion made 11, while Mason tallied eight fewer.

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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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