George Mason’s Ryan Pearson stays in New York groove

Mouth is in overdrive, but Patriots forward backs it up

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Pearson, though, provides a mainstay likely to keep the Patriots in the hunt for the first back-to-back NCAA bids in school history.

“He takes away from your sleep because you sit up at night thinking about how you can put him in different positions and situations where he can create a matchup problem,” said Hewitt, who likened Pearson to a couple of his old players, ex-Siena star Jim Cantamessa and former Georgia Tech forward Anthony McHenry. “He’s a major matchup problem. On top of being talented, he’s a very smart basketball player.”

There’s another influence of the Big Apple, where crafty play is always a way to maximize opportunities. The residue of his upbringing remains strong, and certain to help Mason as it starts a new era under Hewitt.

“I think I have a lot of New York in me,” Pearson said. “Born and raised there, didn’t leave until I came to college. I think it just carried over, even here. I think new York will always be in me, no matter where I’m at.”

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