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History shows George Mason ended its last basketball season with a 10-point loss to Virginia Commonwealth in the CAA tournament.
The Patriots don’t remember it quite that way. They know about their turnover-a-minute pace in the game’s early stages. They know about the giant chasm they almost climbed out of. They know how it brought an end to their season.
And they know because coach Paul Hewitt is intent on not letting them forget.
“To the point I dream about it,” forward Jonathan Arledge said. “That’s how much I hear about it.”
He and the rest of the Patriots, who finally can start to put to rest the haunting conclusion to their season when they play host to Virginia on Friday in Fairfax.
“March 4, 2012
First half, 11:10
VCU 32 vs.
“We hear it a lot, but not from other people, just the coaches,” forward Johnny Williams said. “They want to keep that in our head. If someone making someone turn the ball over, it’s like ‘Oh, chaos is in the building,’ so everybody won’t forget that day because that was a horrible day, and we want that to stay in our mind.”
If Mason (24-9 last season) is to grow from its forgettable finish, it will need to do so with a dramatically revamped frontcourt that had little influence on the course of last year’s finale.
Williams redshirted and watched the game from Fairfax. Erik Copes, who is suspended the first three games of the season for a conduct violation, was injured and on the bench. Paris Bennett didn’t play, and newcomer Marko Gujanicic was not part of the team. Only Arledge, who was stellar in producing in his first career double-double that day, was on the floor.
It’s notable who isn’t around, too. Ryan Pearson was the CAA’s player of the year a season ago. Mike Morrison was the Patriots’ emotional nexus and enjoyed a breakout year. Together, they combined for 38 percent of Mason’s scoring and nearly 41 percent of its rebounding.
“Yes, everybody’s going to miss them,” Copes said. “Yes, everybody’s going, ‘How is Mason going to get back to being the old Mason without them?’ But we have some pretty good guys in this frontcourt.”
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Patrick Stevens has covered Maryland and other Mid-Atlantic college sports for more than a decade. You can reach him at email@example.com.
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