Patriots fight back from big deficit, but can’t finish off Tigers

Posted In News - By Chris Metsala On Wednesday, November 27th, 2013 With 0 Comments


Marko Gujanicic fights for a rebound against Princeton.

Marko Gujanicic fights for a rebound against Princeton.

Sherrod Wright scored 18 of his 27 points in the second half, as the Patriots (4-2) fought back to fill a 17 point hole against Princeton – only to come up short in the final minute, 71-66.  Bryon Allen was the only other Patriot in double digits with 11 points.

The Tigers used a 10-0 run to extend their lead to 17 just before the half,  and scored the game’s final 5 points after Mason tied the game at 66. Princeton’s T.J. Bray was the difference-maker for the Tigers, finishing with 18 points and 10 assists.  Here are the news clips:

With Princeton tied and just over a minute left in its game against George Mason Tuesday night, senior captain T.J. Bray made two crucial plays — feeding center Hans Brase down low for an easy basket, then driving to the right for a basket of his own — to lead the Tigers to a 71-66 win.

Those plays were especially crucial considering that the Tigers (4-1) had gone into the half with a 17-point lead, but watched as the Patriots (4-2) were slowly able to claw back and even the score.

via The Trentonian, Nick Peruffo

The Tigers (4-1) held an early three-point lead and closed the half on a 25-11 surge, coasting out to a 40-23 lead at the break.

George Mason (4-2) crawled back throughout the second half as Vaughn Gray hit a layup and Johnny Williams sank two free throws to tie the game at 66 with 1:21 remaining, but Brase answered with a layup.

Sherrod Wright couldn’t connect on a jumper, and Bray made a layup with 12 seconds left to cut the Patriots’ rally bid short.

via The Associated Press and CSNWashington.com

Johnny Williams guards Princeton's Spencer Weisz. Photo by The Trentonian/John Blaine

Johnny Williams guards Princeton’s Spencer Weisz. Photo by The Trentonian/John Blaine

Again, highlighting the slow starts that the Patriots have had in nearly every game this season:

The Tigers got off to a quick start, jumping to an 11-4 lead six minutes into the game. Gradually the lead increased, extending to 13 points, at which point George Mason called time to talk things over.

The team (Princeton) shot well the entire game, moving the ball, playing aggressively and outscoring the Patriots in the paint 18-8 as the score went to 29-18 in the first half.

The lead peaked at 15 right before halftime as Princeton used a couple of classic back-door hoops and fast breaks to go up 36-22, and when Jimmy Sherburne drilled a three in front of the Mason bench, the Tigers trotted off the court leading 40-23.

via NJ.com, Paul Franklin of the Times of Trenton

Box Score from GoMason.com

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About - Chris Metsala is a George Mason alumnus and was one of the founders of the original masonhoops.com site in 1998, which later became CAAZone.com. Chris has attended almost every home game and CAA Tournament from the Ernie Nestor years to present, and covered the team during the 2006 Final Four run. He currently lives in Northern Virginia.

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