Richmond — Entering the opening round matchup of the 2013 Colonial Atheltic Association tournament between the No. 4 seed George Mason Patriots and the No. 5 seed Drexel Dragons, one on-court matchup stuck out among a bevy of possible storylines.
Well, Mason’s Sherrod Wright vs. Drexel’s Frantz Massenat and Damion Lee certainly did not disappoint.
All three of the standout guards earned spots on the All-CAA 2nd Team at Friday night’s postseason Awards banquet and all three players have the talent of an all-conference 1st team player.
Common logic would have suggested that two guards vs. one would have prevailed, as a certain Rant Sports writer did, but that was not the case when the players actually hit the floor in Richmond as George Mason escaped victorious, 60-54.
Damion Lee struggled mightily in the first half, as he entered the locker room without making a field goal. His four first half points all game from the line.
“I felt like I was getting good looks,” An emotional Lee said. “The shots just weren’t going in. They did play great defense, though.”
Lee played slightly better in the second half, shooting 2-6 from the field. However, for a guy that averages 17.4 points per game that is simply not good enough.
The sophomore’s backcourt mate, Massenat was far more efficient, scoring 20 points on 6-14 shooting. However, the preseason CAA Player of the Year only dished out four assists to his five turnovers.
Sherrod Wright had a pedestrian first half in his own right, but he erupted for 18 points in the second half. With a final stat line of 23 points and six rebounds, Wright’s performance looks impressive enough on paper. But, it was the energy and true swagger he brought to the court for Mason that keyed the Patriots’ 15-2 to start the second half.
“I just played aggressive,” Wright said. “Coach [Paul Hewitt] kept was telling me to keep on attacking and keep getting good looks. My teammates set great screens for me and I found some openings in the defense.”
Thus, in a mid-major tournament when shining stars can elevate their teams to new stratospheres, Wright delivered. And he outplayed two opposing 2nd Team All-CAA players to boot.