Rhode Island Preview and Stream Info

Posted In News - By Alan Kelly On Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 With 0 Comments
TV: OSN (Providence, RI)
Radio: GoMason Digital
Stream: CoxHub

Tonight, George Mason (8-15, 2-8 A10) travels north to face the Rams of Rhode Island (13-10, 5-5 A10). Tip time is at 7 pm at the Ryan Center, in the only regular season meeting between the two teams. The Patriots lost a season ago in Fairfax, 71-56, but lead the all time series three games to two.

This has been a disappointing season for Rhody, picked to finish second in the A10 preseason poll. In the season opener, junior guard E.C. Matthews, a preseason First-Team All A10 selection and NBA draft hopeful, tore his right ACL and was lost for the season. Fellow junior and First-Teamer, forward Hassan Martin, missed two games in December with an ankle injury.

More recently, sophomore guard Jarvis Garrett suffered a jaw injury on January 30 versus St. Joseph’s that caused him to miss an ugly overtime loss at UMass, and highly-touted Memphis transfer Kuran Iverson likewise suffered a concussion in the St. Joe’s game and has yet to return.

Despite their losses, the Rams finished with a solid if not spectacular 8-5 out of conference record, but have struggled to a 5-5 start in Atlantic 10 play.

The Patriots can sympathize with the frustrations caused by attrition, whether it be due to injury, suspension, or transfer. Head coach Dave Paulsen said Monday that the injured Marquise Moore (ankle) is “highly questionable” to play tonight, according to the Providence Journal’s Bill Koch on Twitter. In Moore’s absence last Saturday, point guard Otis Livingston II played the entire first 34 minutes versus Dayton, and did not commit a single foul or turnover, but another complete game is a lot to ask of any freshman.

Coming off his third straight 18+ point, 5+ assist game, Livingston was named this past week’s Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week for the third week this season. Mason’s hopes tonight will depend in large part on whether Livingston and fellow freshman Jaire Grayer can continue their high-level production for a short-handed backcourt.

On this week’s Atlantic 10 media teleconference, head coach Danny Hurley had the following to say about George Mason, as transcribed by William Geoghegan of The Independent in Wakefield, RI:

“They have a great mix of exciting young freshmen and four veteran, good, A-10 players. They’ve already won two conference road games. They won convincingly at St. Louis and beat a Richmond team that’s a good team. The game at Davidson, they had a double-figure lead second half and played extraordinarily well. They’ve got a great mix right now. Obviously, Grayer and Livingston are two really impressive freshmen. But also Gujanicic, Thompson, Jenkins and Moore are four guys who have been through the Atlantic 10 wars. They’re all good players who have played a lot of college basketball games and they do a great job of supporting their talent. Dave [Paulsen] is a great coach that has done a great job. It’s going to be a heck of a test for us tomorrow night because they play great on the road.”

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About - Alan Kelly is a 2010 and 2013 graduate of George Mason University and a former member of the Patriot Platoon. He had the memorable experience of being in the middle of the college decision process as George Mason's Final Four run unfolded. He currently resides in Northern Virginia.

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