Relentless Shooting from Long Range Leads George Mason to Win over Hofstra
Strong post defense from Hofstra couldn’t stop George Mason’s barrage of 3-pointers as the Pride fell to the Patriots in their second meeting this season, 90-72.
The Pride has lost its last four games, its longest losing streak of the season, all against CAA conference opponents. The Patriots are 6-1 in their last seven games.
The 90-point output scored by George Mason was their highest scoring output of the season. Long’s 27 points gave him a new career high. Despite Hofstra’s (9-11, 2-6) strong first-half defense, with six blocks and five steals, the Pride went into halftime down 38-30.
“They came out and shot lights-out on the three’s in the first half and that helped them get their extension,” said Hofstra coach Tom Pecora.
The Pride exploited the Patriots’ weak inside presence with 16 first-half points in the paint. George Mason answered with 21 of their 38 points coming from their guards.
Pride junior guard Charles Jenkins fouled out with 2:36 remaining in the game, going 7-14 from the field with 26 points. Hofstra senior forward Miklos Szabo fouled out late in the second half, ending the night with 14 points and 12 rebounds, his second double-double of the season.
Hofstra senior guard Cornelius Vines played just 11 minutes – including none in the second half. Vines finished with no points and one turnover.
“He’s got no confidence,” said Pecora. “I said to him ‘you had a good look there, you have to shoot,’ and he said, ‘I don’t have any confidence.’ If someone doesn’t have confidence I can’t play them. When he gets his confidence back he’ll get back on the floor.”
Despite his disappointment in the team’s level of play, Pecora blamed himself for the loss.
“This one’s on me, boys,” Pecora said. “I obviously have not been able to get through to these guys in regards to what I need them to do and the energy I need them to play with. It all comes down to me.”
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