As I always say, it doesn't have to be pretty, it doesn't have to be perfect. Today was neither. There is nothing like college basketball in March in person, and especially when Mason is involved.
When it got down to crunch time, we got stops, made our free throws and stepped the f**k up.
Our threes didn't fall in the first half, but fortunately they started falling in the second. Also, 16 of 18 from the free throw line is going to win you a lot of games that are close.
It wasn't the best game from Ronny by far, 5/15 from the field 3 turnovers, but he buckled down to hit the really important free throws when it mattered to finish with 16 points. Also Josh Oduro with 16/10 and also 6/6 from the line.
Quinn had his way in the beginning going one on one in the post. Eventually we adjusted and pushed him out to lower percentage shots and that became less of their game plan. For a while, Burton was taking over and it seemed like he kept getting and 1s. But once again when it mattered we got stops and shut the door appropriately.
Big one for the program again tomorrow as Mason is 0-4 in previous quarterfinal games. The last one was against Davidson (the last one Paulsen coached) and we got completely blown out. We really need this one tomorrow.
As a side note, Richmond had their pregame party next to us at Buffalo Wild Wings and only one lady showed up who looked like she was 85. Otherwise a great day.
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