On Friday, the George Mason Patriots and Santa Clara Broncos will square off in the finale of the 2013 CBI Tournament championship series in Mason’s home gym. The Patriot Center should be rocking as the Patriots and Broncos will clash for the crown of the third-best NCAA postseason tournament.
In Game 1 of the championship series, Santa Clara pretty much controlled the entire game, leading by as many as 13, in their 81-73 victory over Mason.
In front of their home crowd, the Broncos were very efficient offensively, shooting 44.2 percent from the field, 41.7 percent from three-point land and 83.3 percent from the charity stripe. The Broncos also had four starters in double-figures, as Kevin Foster and Evan Roquemore led the way with 28 and 20 points, respectively.
In Game 2, when the location switched to Fairfax, Va., the Patriots were able to win 73-66 behind great offensive performances from two palyers as well. For the Patriots, it was no surprise the junior guards Sherrod Wright and Bryon Allen would step up, as they dynamic duo combined for 35 of Mason’s points — roughly half. Wright was also huge on the glass, grabbing 10 boards, and made a living at the foul line, shooting 11-17.
Now, when these two teams meet in the series finale, this game will likely be decided by which team’s scorer goes off. Considering Wright averaged 17.0 points per game at the Patriot Center this season, he is a prime candidate to lead his club to victory.
In Mason’s last games as a member of the Colonial Athletic Association, look for Wright to lead head coach Paul Hewitt’s club to the program’s first CBI championship.