The Washington Times - January 5, 2009, 08:39PM

Just wrapping up work here in Fairfax after George Mason’s 58-52 defeat of Georgia State, and make no mistake, the four-guard set I mentioned in the post at the buzzer made a huge difference.

Mason guard Cam Long started beaming when I mentioned the decision. Making the tweak more interesting was coach Jim Larranaga’s reaction to a question I asked about how often the Patriots had actually gone with four guards this season.

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“This season? Let me think,” Larranaga said before a brief pause. “Uh, this was the first time.”

Interesting stuff indeed for the Patriots (10-3, 3-0 CAA), who will share the league lead when the night comes to a close since Northeastern is flat-out blitzing Hofstra tonight.

Anyway, here’s the plus-minus for the night. Mason went 10 deep in the first half, just eight-deep after the break. For much of the final 7:51 – as in all but about the final 13 seconds – it was Long, John Vaughan, Dre Smith, Andre Cornelius and Darryl Monroe.

Player1st half
2nd half
+/-Min.
1-Smith-4+1-330
2-Cornelius+9+3+1226
13-Tate+8DNP+83
20-Long+7+2+935
22-Morrison+5-3+210
23-Vaughan-2+2033
24-Pearson+7-2+512
32-Monroe+1+3+431
33-Birdsong-1-6-718
40-Fleming0DNP02
Patrick Stevens