Thursday, November 17, 2011

George Mason crushes Longwood, JMU survives UMES

Thursday's recaps:

George Mason 80, Longwood 58: Now THIS is the George Mason team we've been waiting to see, the one that doesn't just stop people, but puts the ball in the hole, too. Taleia Moton went off for 30 points (on 10-of-15 shooting), Amber Easter added 16 and Rahneeka Saunders chipped in 12 for the Patriots (2-1), who after two games of  putrid shooting lit the Lancers up at a 55.4 percent clip from the field. We knew they had it in 'em. And it's not as though the Pats sacrificed defense, as they held the Lancers (1-2) to 32.3-percent shooting while enjoying a 10-rebound edge on the boards. We kind of sorry to see Mason's offensive breakthrough come at Longwood's expense (couldn't you have shot lights out against Oakland or some other team we don't care about?). But hey, all's fair in love and basketball. Shake it off, Lancers. Your day is coming.

James Madison 61, UMES 53: Hardly the emphatic result we - or apparently Dukes coach Kenny Brooks - were expecting. In his postgame interview the coach fretted that the Dukes didn't play with the requisite effort and labeled his team's inside play "non-existent." Plucky Maryland-Eastern Shore no doubt had something to do with the Dukes' lackluster form, but we're pretty sure we'll see a much more inspired effort from the Dukes next time out. It's still early, so the execution may not always be there. But we just heard Brooks for a couple of minutes. The Dukes are going to hear his thoughts constantly over the next couple of days. Yeah, they'll definitely be more inspired.

No. 5 Stanford 97, Old Dominion 48: Well, at least that's over.

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