The Washington Times - November 30, 2011, 10:38PM

While George Mason lost one guard to injury (Corey Edwards to a concussion suffered in practice), it finally got back Paris Bennett from an ankle injury.

The sophomore played five minutes in Wednesday’s 61-57 defeat of Bucknell at the Patriot Center, making his season debut while spelling guard Bryon Allen.


“He’s a really smart player, and that’s why I actually had him at the point to give Bryon some minutes,” coach Paul Hewitt said. “He got us into stuff. He got an assist, I think he got a rebound. His ankle’s still not there. He’s been trying to tell me it’s a blister on the bottom of his foot as to why he’s limping around, and I’m not buying it anymore.”

Most of Bennett’s time came before the break. He slipped in for a little more than a minute in the middle of the half, then played the final 2:38 before halftime as the Patriots (5-2) stretched their lead from four to seven.

He had only a 72-second cameo in the second half, but it appears the 6-foot-6 Bennett’s versatility will allow him to etch out an important role for Mason. Bennett averaged 8.9 minutes a year ago.

“You can move him around,” Hewitt said. “He can play the four, he can play the three, he can play the two. I have no problem giving him the ball.”

—- Patrick Stevens