Two mid-major powers locked horns Saturday afternoon and one came away with a convincing victory, while the other is looking to rebound. After losing to #2 Kansas 86-66 earlier this week, Tim Cluess' Iona Gaels had a convincing win over the George Mason Patriots today 89-73 in New Rochelle.
George Mason was riding the momentum of a win in our Mid-Major Madness Game of the Week over Northern Iowa last week and a mid-week victory over St. Francis (PA). This afternoon the Patriots started out slow and could never catch up. GMU didn't get their first field goal until the 14:26 mark of the first half and found themselves down 16-3 early. The woes would continue and Paul Hewitt's squad would find themselves down 44-25 at the half.
Things would not get easier for the Patriots, as they would drop to down 70-40 with just under eight minutest play, but would then rally to get within a respectable margin.
For the Gaels it was all about Sean Armand, who finished the matinee with 30 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists. Although Armand had an incredible performance, the most shocking stat of the game may be that the Gaels only got 12 points from their bench on the evening.
Iona now has an unusual lay-off of over a week. The Gaels next game will come next Sunday as they visit another high profile mid-major in Florida Gulf Coast.
Geoge Mason will try to wash the bad taste out of their mouth Tuesday with a challenging match up against perennial Ivy League power Princeton