Thanks to injuries and the departure of Jermaine Lawrence, the beginning of the season has been difficult for Steve Masiello’s Manhattan Jaspers. Entering Wednesday’s game against George Mason, which was coming off of a surprising run to the Charleston Classic title game, with just six available players the Jaspers looked to pick up their first win of the season.
And Manhattan was successful, with a Shane Richards three-point play with 1.1 seconds remaining being the difference in their 69-67 win at Draddy Gymnasium. Below is video of the game-winning play, courtesy of Manhattan Athletics.
Richards (13 points) was one of three Jaspers to reach double figures, with Rich Williams leading the way with 26 points and nine rebounds and Thomas Capuano adding 14 points. What also helped the Jaspers was the fact that they forced 25 George Mason, converting those opportunities into 24 points.
Not sure if Manhattan and George Mason are due to play again next season, but the last two meetings have produced dramatic outcomes. The Patriots won last year’s game in Fairfax on a Jalen Jenkins’ 75-footer as time expired.
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George Mason hires Bucknell head coach Dave Paulsen
The 50-year-old Paulsen helped guide the Bison to a first-place finish in the Patriot League this season and a NIT appearance. Bucknell was 19-15, 13-5 in league play, as Paulsen was the seven-year head coach there.
Paulsen was 124-92 and 64-30 in league play at Bucknell and also won a Division III national title at Williams College in 2003. After eight years at Williams, he made the transition to Division I after previous head-coaching stops at St. Laurence (Division III) and Le Moyne (Division II).
Two NCAA tournament appearances in 2011 and 2013 were the high marks for Paulsen in his stint at Bucknell. The Bison won the Patriot League regular-season crown four times in his eight years with one second-place finish.
Report: Russell Turner turns down George Mason job, remains UC Irvine coach
Russell Turner has reportedly turned down a job offer and will remain the head coach at UC Irvine.
Janis Carr of the Orange County Register reported on Sunday night that Turner had turned down the George Mason vacancy. George Mason relieved Paul Hewitt of his duties after four seasons, compiling a 20-42 record in the last two years as the program has shifted to the Atlantic 10 Conference.
Turner, in his fifth season at UC Irvine, led the Anteaters to the NCAA tournament, nearly upsetting No. 4 Louisville in the Round of 64.
UC Irvine has won 20 or more games in each of the last three seasons under Turner. While they graduate two starters, the Anteaters return 7-foot-6 center Mamadou Ndiaye along with second-leading scorer Luke Nelson and Alex Young.
NCAA Tournament hopeful George Washington is one of the top teams in the Atlantic 10 at 3-1 and the Colonials host George Mason.
This is a game of two teams heading in opposite directions as George Washington has won seven of its last eight while George Mason has dropped three straight. Patricio Garino, Kethan Savage and Kevin Larsen form a nice trio for the Colonials while the Patriots are led by Shevon Thompson and Patrick Holloway.
After dropping their Atlantic 10 opener at Davidson on Saturday, Richmond (8-7, 1-1) rebounded Thursday night with a 75-65 win over George Mason (6-8, 1-1) on NBCSN. Forward Terry Allen led four Spiders in double figures with 20 points to go along with four rebounds and three assists, and as a team Richmond shot 55.8% from the field and 7-for-14 from beyond the arc.
Forward Shevon Thompson, one of the best freshmen in the Atlantic 10, scored 19 points and grabbed 17 rebounds for the Patriots with Patrick Holloway adding 17 off the bench. The 6-foot-11 Thompson has now posted six double-doubles on the season.
Paul Hewitt’s George Mason squad has played two of the teams expected to contend for the MAAC title this season in Manhattan and Iona, and Saturday night the Patriots moved to 2-0 in such games with an 86-81 win over Iona on NBCSN. George Mason shot 43.3% from the field, which was below the 50 percent the Gaels shot, but they made up for that by taking advantage of Iona miscues.
Tim Cluess’ team committed 17 turnovers on the night, and George Mason converted those turnovers into 14 points and held a nine-point advantage in the points off turnovers category. Marquise Moore scored 23 points and dished out three assists to lead the way for the Patriots, who also outscored Iona 27-15 from the foul line. Shevon Thompson tallied another double-double with 13 points and 15 rebounds, and Isaiah Jackson matched his career high with 14 points.
Kelvin Amayo scored 23 points and David Laury IV added 16 to go along with 16 rebounds for Iona, which dropped to 6-4 on the season. With the win George Mason (4-6) picked up its first win over a Division I opponent since they beat Manhattan on a Jalen Jenkins 75-footer on November 29.