George Mason came to town to take on Davidson in a Wednesday night A-10 matchup where both teams entered tied with 5-5 conference marks. The Patriots of George Mason were coming off a double digit win vs La Salle and Davidson was coming off a double digit loss vs Rhode Island. The game was close the entire first half but George Mason led most of the way and entered halftime with a 31-29 lead. George Mason is a tough, strong, and hard working team that is very well coached by Dave Paulsen. The Patriots controlled the glass and did the majority of their scoring inside off the bounce. Davidson struggled shooting the ball both from 3 and by missing a lot of shots inside that they would normally make.
The second half was much the same for both teams. Davidson’s defensive intensity picked up and they started getting to the FT line more too. George Mason was able to hit enough shots and stayed in the lead. George Mason did a great job of keeping the crowd out of this one for the most part.
Davidson was able to tie it with a Aldridge 3 with 9:30 left and from there on it was back and forth. In the end the combination of seniors Moore and Jenkins was too much and Mason came out with the 76-69 win.
The officials did a great job this game of letting the guys play and the flow was great.
Below are some of the top players from the game.
Peyton Aldridge, F, 6’7”, JR
Mobile big who can finish inside on an array of post moves as well as hit the open set 3. Does a great job of defending the rim without fouling and controls the glass.
Jack Gibbs, G, 6’0”, SR
Looked solid all game. Was making plays for himself and teammates and the jump shot looked good. Able to finish inside in various ways. Can get to the paint and finish with contact.
Marquise Moore, G, 6’2”, SR
Very strong guard who is really tough to stop when attacking downhill. Good passer who is unselfish. isBig time rebounder who leads team in this area with over 10 a game. Made some big plays at the end of this one to help secure the win.
Jalen Jenkins, F, 6’7”, R-SR
Big man with a good feel for the game and can score inside with his back to the basket. Showed an array of post moves and the ability to face the basket and to shoot it from 15′.
Jaire Grayer, G, 6’4”, SO
Wing with good size who can shoot the 3 well. Plays really hard, defends, scores, and rebounds. Teams X factor who can do it all.