Four Factors Analysis
Considering how well Mason shot the ball compared to how poorly PSU shot, the PPP's totally make sense, as do the efficient field goal percentages. Mason also garnered 10 offensive rebounds to PSU's seven.
Player of the Game - Payton Banks (21 points, 5-for-12 3-point shooting)
On a night where very little went right, Payton Banks was a bright spot with his superb perimeter shooting. On a night where the younger guys struggled, the veteran Banks did his best to try and fill the void.
- It seemed like Mason was able to do precisely to PSU what Pat Chambers wants his PSU team to do: Play up-tempo, force turnovers, and be relentless. Mason's aggressiveness was on full display tonight.
- I'm still baffled as to how a PSU team sporting a significant height advantage, managed to garner 15 fewer rebounds than Mason. I pictured Mike Watkins, Julian Moore, and just about anyone else remotely tall having an easier-than-usual night in the paint.
- At this point, I'm hoping against hope that this team is not only going through the same kind of growing pains that the football team did earlier this season, but that they're able to finish as strongly as the football team did. No, that would not mean winning the B1G championship, but something like finishing firmly in the middle of the pack in the conference.
Penn State (6-4) will have to regroup very quickly as they face a stingy Pitt squad in Newark, NJ this Saturday as part of the inaugural Never Forget Classic.