BY NATALIE HEAVREN SPORTS EDITOR
Mason improved to 10-1 Saturday night after defeating local rival American 68-53.
Here are three takeaways from the game:
Nine different Patriots scored, with Justin Kier leading the team with 14 points. Javon Greene and Xavier Johnson were also key contributors with 13 and 12 points respectively.
Without one player taking over the game, the team forced the Eagles to defend everyone. This is nearly impossible with Mason’s quickness and versatility.
As the season continues, it will be important for Mason to continue a balanced scoring attack in order to force the defense to give up defending against at least one aspect of the team’s offense.
Offensive rebounds do not, but should, equal second-chance points
The Patriots had just two second-chance points on seven offensive rebounds. This will not win the team any basketball games.
Capitalizing on offensive rebounds will be critical as Mason faces tougher opponents, such as TCU, after the break.
Second-half defense held strong
After the Eagles started the second half on an 8-5 run to take a 38-32 lead, Mason would go on a 36-8 lead over the next 15 minutes.
Being able to take over the game on both ends of the court will prove helpful when Mason returns after their two-week break.
A strong end to the non conference schedule will provide good momentum heading into the most critical part of the season: conference play.
Mason returns home on Dec. 21 to take on fellow Cinderella UMBC.