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“I was just trying to get what the defense gave me,” he said. “I took some open shots, and that’s how the game comes to you. When you play defense and take open shots, the game comes to you naturally.”

Mason would like that to continue. The Patriots wrap up nonconference play Saturday at South Florida (7-3) before delving into the 18-game CAA schedule Jan. 3 against Northeastern. A return to Richmond Coliseum in March — for two or three conference tournament games — appears likely to define Mason’s season at this point.

Edwards already has turned in one quality game in the building, a performance that suggested his larger role might be here to stay.

“He wasn’t playing a lot early and in his mind he should have been out there,” Hewitt said as Edwards sat to his right.

At that moment, Edwards smirked. He’s from New York, which means he has no doubt he’s capable of running the offense for the Patriots as they chase a CAA title in the months to come.