The Washington Times - December 8, 2009, 10:36PM

One of the tweaks George Mason made coming into the season was seeing if Louis Birdsong could become a perimeter player.

The Patriots might have found out their answer pretty quickly.

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When Birdsong came in during tonight’s 56-55 loss to Dayton, it was at the four in place of Ryan Pearson. And while Birdsong wasn’t exactly a stat-stuffer, he was vital to Mason’s defensive effort in the second half.

Birdsong came off the bench the last two games, and his 10 minutes tonight was in line with pretty much every game other than the opener (when he played 28).

But after shooting 20.8 percent (5-for-24) in the first eight games, it seems Mason has settled on moving its lone senior back inside.

“That’s his more natural position, and last year he and Ryan shared that spot,” coach Jim Larranaga said. “It probably won’t be much longer before we’re expecting him to play that spot totally.”

Patrick Stevens