When the George Mason Patriots traveled to Tampa, FL for their Saturday contest against South Florida, the tropical climate was a great change of pace from the winter Virginia air. However, the warm weather didn’t help the Patriots compete against the Bulls.
Mason, now 7-5 on the season, left the USF Sun Dome on the wrong end of a 61-57 contest. Unfortunately for head coach Paul Hewitt, the Patriots wasted an outstanding performance from junior guard Sherrod Wright. The electric scorer, who has been vying for early-season conference Player of the Year talk, scored 22 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, dished 3 assists, swiped 3 steals and even blocked 2 shots. Wright has averaged 17.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.4 assists throughout non-conference play this season, and has been the leader for Hewitt this season.
But, despite Wright’s performance, and the team’s overall defensive stinginess, George Mason dropped their final non-conference contest of the 2012-2013 season and ended the first part of their year on a sour note.
But, with the New Year literally right around the corner and Colonial Athletic Association play beginning this week, this squad has plenty of opportunities to redeem themselves and continue their success they had earlier in the season.
Jake Fischer is the CAA Correspondent for Rant Sports-NCAA Basketball. Make sure to follow Jake on Twitter @JakeLFischer.