Sunday, March 26, 2006

Mason Madness

The last weekend of March and CBS was broadcasting an Elite Eight overtime game, a George Mason vs. Connecticut match-up. Whoa! What could it mean?

Yes, that George Mason, somewhere up in Fairfax. The underdog Patriots, coached by rather unglamorous Jim Larranaga. You remember straight arrow Larranaga, don't you? He was an assistant under straight arrow Terry Holland at Virginia -- the only coach and school from the Commonweath of Virginia to have made it to the Final Four, until now.

Cinderella is still dancing and having a ball. It's the last weekend of March and now preseason polls don't matter any more: Geo. Mason 86, Connecticut 84 (OT).
The Patriots big man, Jai Lewis, shown above rebounding in 2006 CAA tournament action, scored 20 points, grabbed seven boards and dished out three assists in 41 minutes on the floor against the Huskies.
Links to stories about Mason, the first CAA member ever to kick in the door to the Final Four, are below:

AP Story
Box Score
The Mason Gazette

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