George Mason lost to Loyola in the first round of the CBI Tournament on Wednesday.
A team that now moves to .500 with a 16-16 record defeated the Patriots 73-58 in a blowout that was only made respectable by a late run by Otis Livingston II (19 points) and Justin Kier (11 points). Shooting only 33 percent on the night and the star of the Patriots, Marquise Moore going 0-7, it was far from what George Mason has played all season.
In addition to the poor shooting, the Patriots allowed themselves 43-33 for one of the few times on the year. Four players for the Greyhounds reached double-figures on the night with a fifth not far behind.
Loyola did not play well. It just was better than Mason which was not that hard in EagleBank Arena. The Greyhounds will now move on to play Coastal Carolina (17-17) in the next game of the tournament.
George Mason ends a successful season with a 20-14 (9-9 Atlantic 10) record. Although it was not the way Mason wanted to go out, 11 players will return to the roster. Both Moore and Jalen Jenkins, who saw limited action tonight, will graduate as two of the best to ever come out of this program. Unfortunately it will be the last time to ever see them wear a Mason jersey.