Thursday, December 9, 2010

George Mason, Radford in action tonight

We're hoping George Mason can play a second half the way they've been playing the first, but we're pretty confident that won't be a problem tonight for Radford.

Thursday's games

Stony Brook (3-4) at George Mason (2-5), 7 p.m.
We're tired of writing this - although surely not as tired as Mason is of experiencing it - but the Patriots have lost relatively comfortable second-half leads (from 8 to 13 points) in each of their last three games, all losses. We haven't broken down any tape, but we have noticed how it's become easier to score on Mason the longer these games have gone on. The Patriots' last three opponents have combined to 30 percent from the field in the first half, 52.1 percent in the second. The Patriots haven't played since Sunday, so they've had a few days to plug the leaks in their second-half defense. Here's hoping they do, because they've put themselves in position to have a much better record at this point than 2-5. The Seawolves will be playing their first game away from Stony Brook since Nov. 13. Game will be a homecoming of sorts for sophomore guard Sam Landers, who went to school a few miles away from Fairfax at West Springfield High. George Mason 58, Stony Brook 52

Southern Virginia (5-7) at Radford (2-5), 7 p.m.
We don't expect much drama here, as the Highlanders have won all six meetings between these teams by an average of 37 points. Adding to the Knights' burden - they played a game last night, a 58-49 win over Virginia Intermount. And you have to wonder how focused they'll be for this game knowing that, once it's over, they'll be on holiday break and won't return to action until Jan. 8. Still, this game does indicate the progress Radford has made from a year ago. On Dec. 5, 2009, the Highlanders took an 0-5 record into this game. A year ago, the Highlanders took an 0-5 record into this game, and Radford didn't get its second win - and first over a Division I team -  until Jan. 6. Da'Naria Erwin Spencer is averaging 17 points in her last four games, highlighted by Saturday's 21-point outburst at Davidson.  Radford 78, Southern Virginia 38

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