Posts Tagged ‘George Mason’

Posts Tagged ‘George Mason’

This Week on WRBB Sports: 1/21

January 21st, 2013

Monday, January 21

7:00 p.m. - CAA Full Court Press
(CAA Full Court Press will return next week.)

Wednesday, January 23

6:45 p.m. – Huskies Pre-Game
7:00 p.m. – Northeastern Basketball: Huskies vs.William & Mary
with David Kroopnick and Coray Runge
from Matthews Arena

Thursday, January 24


8:00 p.m. - Hockey East this Week

Friday, January 25


3:00 p.m. – Dog Pound Sports Sound

6:45 p.m. – Huskies Pre-Game
7:00 p.m. – Northeastern Hockey: Huskies vs. UMass Lowell
with Ben Horner, Jack Thaler and Ryan Fallon
from Matthews Arena

Saturday, January 26


6:45 p.m. – Huskies Pre-Game
7:00 p.m. – Northeastern Hockey: Huskies at UMass Lowell
with Ben Horner, Jack Thaler and Ryan Fallon
from Tsongas Center in Lowell, Mass.

Sunday, January 27


7:45 p.m. – Huskies Pre-Game
8:00 p.m. – Northeastern Basketball: Huskies vs. George Mason
with David Kroopnick, Zolan Kanno-Youngs, and Alex LaCasse.
from Matthews Arena.

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CAA Preview: George Mason Patriots

October 23rd, 2012

Last year: 24-9 Overall (14-4 CAA) 3rd in the CAA, Lost to VCU in the CAA Tournament

What Happened: The Patriots had a very solid season finishing third overall in a competitive CAA conference.  They were extremely hot towards the end of the season winning 11 times in a 12 game stretch before consecutive losses to Northeastern (OT) and VCU.  Prior to those two consecutive losses, the Patriots were able to grab a win against the eventual CAA Champion, VCU, as part of that 12 game stretch.

Key Losses:

  • Ryan Pearson (F): George Mason will be without its dominant big man, forward Ryan Pearson.  In his senior season Pearson averaged a team best in points per game (17.0), rebounds (8.2), steals per game (1.3), and minutes per game (30.7).  Pearson was the focal point of the Patriots’ entire game plan during the 2011-2012 season.  He contributed on both ends of the floor whether it was rebounding, getting steals or scoring.  His stellar performance earned him CAA Player of the Year and an AP All-America Honorable Mention
  • Mike Morrison (F): The Patriots also graduated starting forward Mike Morrison.  Morrison led the team in blocks, finishing with 64 on the season ranking him second in school history for blocks in a season.  Morrison was second on the team in scoring averaging 9.8 PPG.

Key Returnees:

  • Sherrod Wright (G): Sherrod Wright made a big impact in the backcourt of a team that relied heavily on its big men.  Despite only starting in 14 of 32 games, Wright was able to finish the season third on the team in scoring (9.6 PPG) just .2 PPG behind senior forward Mike Morrison.  Wright is a terrific shooter from behind the arc, averaging 40.4%, however he only shot 52 three-pointers on the season.  Wright led the CAA in FT-percentage connecting on 85.9% of his attempts.
  • Vertail Vaughns (G): Vertail Vaughns started every game in the 2011-2012 season for George Mason.  He finished fourth on the team in scoring averaging 8.8 PPG.  He led the team with 42 three pointers on 35.6% shooting.
  • Bryon Allen (G): Allen started all but two games last season for the Patriots.  Allen ranked fifth in scoring on the team averaging 7.5 PPG.  Allen led George Mason in assists with 3.7 APG, which also ranked him fifth in the conference.

Outlook:

Despite losing its best two players in Morrison and Pearson, George Mason should be able to compete for the CAA Title in a weakened conference.  This team is extremely young without a single senior on its entire roster.  This lack of experience will certainly hinder this team at times.  There will be a lot of pressure immediately thrust on to returning guards Sherrod Wright, Vertail Vaughns and Bryon Allen.  All three of these players contributed to a successful team last season however the team was centered on its terrific frontcourt of Morrison and Pearson.  The Patriots have a massive hole at the forward position that must be filled, but if their returning guards can pick up the slack expect this team to be competing for the CAA Title.

- David Kroopnick

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This week on WRBB Sports (Updated)

April 9th, 2012

Tuesday, April 10

23rd Annual Baseball Beanpot – Semifinal
5:50 p.m. – Huskies Baseball Pre-Game
6:00 p.m. – Northeastern Baseball: Huskies vs. UMass-Minutemen
from Lelacheur Park in Lowell, Mass.
with Alex Faust and David Kroopnick
Game broadcast on WRBB-FM

Friday, April 13

3:00 p.m. – Northeastern Baseball: Huskies vs. George Mason Patriots
from Friedman Diamond in Brookline, Mass.
with Andy Towne and TBA
Game broadcast on WRBB-FM

Saturday, April 14

12:00 p.m. – Northeastern Baseball: Huskies vs. George Mason Patriots
from Friedman Diamond in Brookline, Mass.
with Andy Towne and David Kroopnick
Game broadcast on WRBB Sports Extra

Sunday, April 15

1:00 p.m. – Northeastern Baseball: Huskies vs. George Mason Patriots
from Friedman Diamond in Brookline, Mass.
with Patrick McHugh and Coray Runge
Game broadcast on WRBB Sports Extra

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Off The Wires: VCU, GMU, GSU, and UConn add to NU-related realignment talk

March 28th, 2012

Conference realignment may be picking up once again. On Sunday, CBS Sports’ Brett McMurphy reported that informal discussions were taking place between VCU, George Mason, and the Atlantic 10 conference for a possible move in 2013. VCU and Mason, of course, have both made the final four in the [admittedly infrequent] years that the CAA has received multiple bids to the NCAA tournament. Adding to the fodder was Duquesne’s president, after firing coach Ron Everhart:

Duquesne president Charles J. Dougherty mentioned the A-10′s plans for expansion in an email he sent to his board of trustees explaining his decision to fire basketball coach Ron Everhart. The email was obtained by CBSSports.com. “The A10 conference itself is on the verge of a major improvement with the addition of new high quality university programs,” Dougherty wrote. “All of this amounts to an exciting professional opportunity for a new coach.”

On Wednesday, news broke that Georgia State was in discussions with the Sun Belt conferencel. The move would be primarily motivated by GSU’s football program, which since its inception has been thought of as leverage for GSU to move to an FBS-participating conference. A move, reported by McMurphy, would come as early as 2013.

The Sun Belt is strongly considering extending an invitation to Georgia State and the parties have had informal discussions. An invitation could occur in the coming weeks with Georgia State a possibility to be added to the league as early as 2013, sources said.

While Georgia State would compress the conference’s geographic spread, the loss of VCU and Mason on the basketball side would be seismic shifts for competitiveness in the league. Adding to the unease is the sense that Old Dominion and James Madison are beefing up football programs, aiming at the FBS. While most of the discussion is conjecture and speculation, it’s a fascinating glimpse at conference realignment which is still unfolding. Mike Litos, as always, has a calm and reasoned discussion about why a move from VCU and Mason won’t come for at least another few months.

Hockey got a dose of realignment talk on Wednesday as well. UConn, which had recently hired a consultant to evaluate its hockey program, is reportedly applying to become Hockey East’s 12th team in 2013, as reported by College Hockey News:

Connecticut is believed to be the first choice among a large majority of the conference’s athletic directors. It is a natural fit because it is a state school in New England, a la Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Mass.-Lowell and Vermont. And Connecticut’s women’s program currently plays in Hockey East.

A 12th team would move the number of conference game to 22 (teams would play each other twice each season), increasing the non-league games by 5. UConn’s main hurdle is its arena: they currently play at the small Frietas Ice Forum, which holds less than 2,000 spectators, inadequate for Hockey East’s arena standards.

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CAA Tournament Live Blog: Day Three

March 4th, 2012


We’re down to four teams in the 2012 Virginia 529 College Savings Plan CAA Men’s Basketball Championship. On Saturday, four more teams (UNCW, Delaware, Northeastern, Georgia State) were eliminated and sent home. Only the top four seeds remain, and only two wins separate these teams from the Big Dance.

Though Northeastern’s season is over, Patrick McHugh and Andy Towne are still in Richmond for the tournament. Unfortunately due to increased media coverage from other outlets, we will be unable to do a running blog of the tournament from press row. Instead, check out WRBB Sports and CAA Full Court Press on their respective Twitter handles to stay updated on semifinal action.

Two afternoon games will take place today. Here’s how it looks:

2 p.m. – #1 Drexel vs. #4 Old Dominion
4:30 p.m. – #2 VCU vs. #3 George Mason

These are truly the best four teams in the conference, and considering the run the CAA has made in the NCAA Tournament in years past, it isn’t a stretch to say these teams could make a run into late March. It should be another great day of CAA basketball.

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CAA Tournament Live Blog: Day Two

March 3rd, 2012


Four teams (James Madison, Towson, William & Mary, Hofstra) saw their respective seasons end on Friday, and four more will taste defeat today. This is the quarterfinals of the 2012 Virginia 529 College Savings Plan CAA Men’s Basketball Championship.

Once again, Patrick McHugh and Andy Towne are live in Richmond to provide coverage of each and every game. The stakes have been raised higher and the dream of a championship is becoming clearer. WRBB Sports will update you on all of the games, as well as provide live coverage of Northeastern vs. VCU at 6 p.m., with pregame coverage starting at 5:45.

Four more games are on the schedule today. Here’s how it looks:

12 p.m. – #1 Drexel vs. #9 UNCW
2:30 p.m. – #4 Old Dominion vs. #5 Delaware
6 p.m. – #2 VCU vs. #7 Northeastern
8:30 p.m. – #3 George Mason vs. #6 Georgia State

UNCW and Drexel are set to tip off, so let’s get to it. Read more…

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Previewing the CAA Awards Banquet

March 1st, 2012

The 2012 Virginia 529 CAA Men’s Basketball Championship will tip off in less than 24 hours. While Thursday is the calm before the storm, the league will take time this evening to recognize the top performers of the 2011-12 season with the CAA Awards Banquet.

First, let’s explore picks from pundits Mike Litos of CAAHoops.com, Mark Selig of JamesMadison.Rivals.com, Tim Pearrell of The Richmond Times-Dispatch,  Brian Mull of The Wilmington Star News and Phil Kasiecki of Hoopville.com.

The honors will be handed out at the banquet, which begins at 7 p.m., but let’s take a look at the awards and what hardware we think Northeastern could go home with.

Player of the Year: Pretty much self-explanatory. The top player in the league is recognized with this award, and for the first time since 2009 the award will not say “Charles Jenkins” on it. The former Hofstra standout won the award in 2010 and 2011, and before that VCU’s Eric Maynor claimed the title in 2008 and 2009. The major candidates this year are Ryan Pearson of George Mason and Frantz Massenat of Drexel, although Kent Bazemore of ODU is getting consideration as well.
Northeastern candidate: If I had to go with one I’d say junior captain Jonathan Lee, who led the team in scoring, field goal percentage, free throw percentage, three point percentage and assists and was second in the league in minutes per game. Likelihood: None.
My pick: Pearson. Struggled down the stretch but averaged 17.8/8.5 for a team with a new coach that lost two of its three leading scorers from a season ago. Pearson is also a senior, and like it or not experience will push him past Massenat, a sophomore. Read more…

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Instant Classic: Basketball vs. George Mason 2/22/12

February 23rd, 2012

George Mason entered Matthews Arena fighting to stay alive in the race for the CAA regular season championship, but Northeastern would have none of it. In just their second overtime game of the year, the other being the season opener at Boston University, the Huskies came back to force overtime after being down by ten points in the 2nd half. Career highs in scoring from junior co-captain Jon Lee and the lone senior on the team, graduate transfer Kashief Edwards, led the Huskies to victory.

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Press Pass: Basketball vs. George Mason

February 23rd, 2012

Bill Coen took the podium along side junior co-captain Jon Lee and Northeastern’s lone senior, Kashief Edwards, who both posted career high in scoring on Wednesday night.

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Paul Hewitt kept his comments brief after his team gave up a 10 point lead due to what he characterized as a lack of effort.

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