Albany (2-2) at George Mason (3-2)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, November 22nd, 7:30 p.m. (et).
FACTS & STATS: Site: Patriot Center (10,000) -- Fairfax, Virginia. Television: None. Home Record: Albany 0-0, George Mason 2-0. Away Record: Albany 0-2, George Mason 0-1. Neutral Record: Albany 2-0, George Mason 1-1. Conference Record: Albany 0-0, George Mason 0-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: The George Mason Patriots try to remain perfect at home tonight as they entertain the Albany Great Danes during another set of consolation games for the 2011 NIT Season Tip-Off.
The Patriots, who have already played in three overtime affairs in just five games this season, had an easy time of it last night against Brown as they dismantled the Bears in a 74-48 final for their second win in as many games at home.
As for the Great Danes, they've been alternating wins and losses since the season began back on November 11, and on Monday continued that trend by crushing the Monmouth Hawks, 85-49.
With respect to the all-time series between these two schools on the hardwood, this is the first-ever meeting.
Albany shot 52.0 percent from the floor and 13-of-31 behind the three-point line on Monday afternoon as the squad ripped apart Monmouth by 36 points in Virginia. Jayson Guerrier was huge off the bench for the Danes as he produced a double-double with 28 points and 10 rebounds, both team highs, in just 28 minutes of action. Obviously Guerrier was tough in the paint, but he was also a tough match-up on the perimeter where he sank all but one of his six three- point tries. Gerardo Suero and Ralph Watts also scored in double figures for the group with 16 and 12 points, respectively. Mike Black accounted for nine points and nine of the unit's 21 assists. Suero remains the top scorer for the group with his 23.3 ppg, converting 56.3 percent of his field goal chances, and is also one of the leaders on the glass with close to six boards per outing for a team that is still struggling to keep up with the competition in that department on the average.
Ryan Pearson scored a game-high 23 points to lead the Patriots to the lopsided win over the Brown Bears in the consolation round of the NIT Season Tip-Off at the Patriot Center on Monday night. Pearson connected on 9-of-14 shots from the floor and pulled down six rebounds for the Patriots. Also scoring in double figures for the hosts was Vaughn Gray who accounted for 10 points off the bench. The Patriots finished the night shooting 48.3 percent from the field and also won the battle of the boards, 42-30. Pearson, who has led the team in scoring in all but one game thus far, is atop the leader board overall with his 20.8 ppg while connecting on 58.8 percent of his field goal chances. Not only a top-notch scorer, Pearson is also handling the competition on the glass as well with his 9.4 rpg which has helped propel the group to nearly 40 rebounds per game in the early going.
Both of these teams have the potential to put significant point totals on the board, but Pearson is someone who simply will not be denied in front of his home crowd and that should be enough of a reason to lean in favor of the Patriots tonight.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: George Mason 75, Albany 69
11/22 10:37:25 ET