2005–06 George Mason Patriots men's basketball team

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2005–06 George Mason Patriots men's basketball
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CAA Regular Season Champions
Final Four vs. Florida, L, 73–58
Conference Colonial Athletic Association
Ranking
Coaches #8
2005–06 record 27–8 (15–3 CAA)
Head coach Jim Larranaga
Assistant coach Scott Cherry
Assistant coach James Johnson
Assistant coach Chris Caputo
Home arena Patriot Center
Seasons
« 2004–05 2006–07 »
2005–06 CAA men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
George Mason 15 3   .833     27 8   .771
UNC Wilmington 15 3   .833     25 8   .758
Hofstra 14 4   .778     26 7   .788
Old Dominion 13 5   .722     24 10   .706
Northeastern 12 6   .667     19 11   .633
VCU 11 7   .611     19 10   .655
Drexel 8 10   .444     15 16   .484
Towson 8 10   .444     12 16   .429
Delaware 4 14   .222     9 21   .300
Georgia State 3 15   .167     7 22   .241
William & Mary 3 15   .167     8 20   .286
James Madison 2 16   .111     5 23   .179
CAA Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2005–06 George Mason Patriots men's basketball team represented George Mason University in the 2005–2006 NCAA Basketball season, and is best known for their success in the NCAA Tournament, having reached the Final Four.

Season notes[edit]

  • On April 26, 2006, it was announced head coach Jim Larranaga received a contract extension to keep him with the team through the 2011–2012 season.[1]
  • On March 30, 2006, head coach Jim Larranaga received the Clair Bee Coach of the Year Award.[2]
  • For the first time in school history, the men's basketball team was ranked on the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll coming in at #25 for the week of February 20, 2006.[3]
  • On December 27, 2005, senior guard Lamar Butler set a George Mason men's basketball record for most career 3-point field goals.[4]
  • The 2005–06 George Mason Patriots were predicted to finish 3rd in the Colonial Athletic Association.[5]
  • On September 15, 2005, it was announced that sophomore guard John Vaughan would miss the entire season due to a torn ACL.[6]

Awards[edit]

First Team All-CAA

  • Jai Lewis

Second Team All-CAA

  • Tony Skinn

CAA All-Defensive Team

  • Will Thomas

CAA Player of the Week

  • Jai Lewis – Jan. 30
  • Tony Skinn – Feb. 20

Recap[edit]

The Patriots enjoyed their best season in 2005–2006 when they won a school-record 23 games in the regular season, and for one week were even ranked in the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 for the first time in school history. Head coach Jim Larranaga, who began his stint at George Mason in 1997, also became the CAA's all-time leader in coaching victories and was named the winner of the 2006 Clair Bee Coach of the Year Award[7] on March 31, 2006, and the Virginia Coach of the Year on June 26, 2006, the same day he was nominated for an ESPY award.[8] Although the team lost to Hofstra during the CAA tournament, George Mason were still able to grab an at-large bid in the NCAA tournament. This marks the first time in which the Patriots earned an at-large bid and the first time in 20 years in which the CAA sent two teams to the tournament (the other being conference tournament winner UNC Wilmington).

The at-large selection of teams from mid-major conferences (which included George Mason) to the tournament was criticized by media personalities, most notably Billy Packer. In the case of George Mason, this was possibly because of the absence of Tony Skinn, who was suspended for one game by the Patriots for punching Hofstra guard Loren Stokes in the groin during the CAA tournament semifinal loss. Moreover, many believed that Hofstra, who didn't get invited to the tournament despite of the fact that they beat the Patriots twice in a span of ten days, deserved to get in instead of them. Nevertheless, the Patriots entered the tournament as an 11th seed and defeated the 6th seeded Michigan State Spartans, who had played in the previous year's Final Four.

In their second round matchup against the defending champion North Carolina Tar Heels, the Patriots were once again underdogs. After falling in a 16–2 hole early in the game, the team was able to bounce back and win the game, 65–60. Their next game was against another mid-major, the Wichita State Shockers. George Mason jumped out to a big early lead, and the Shockers were not able to overcome. The Patriots won, 63–55.

Their Elite Eight matchup found themselves facing the Connecticut Huskies, a team that was tabbed as the favorite to win it all the entire season. The Patriots were able to defeat the top-seeded Huskies, 86–84 in overtime, in what is recognized as one of the most memorable games in tournament history. Their tournament run would end in Indianapolis, in a Final Four matchup with the Florida Gators, the eventual national champion in both 2006 and 2007 (with the same starting lineup both years).

The Patriots were the first team out of the CAA to reach the Final Four and also became the second team to reach it as a double-digit (11th) seed (the other being the LSU Tigers in 1986, also an 11th seed).

George Mason's Cinderella story ended in Indianapolis, when the eventual National Champion Florida Gators defeated them 73–58 on April 1, 2006. Despite their loss, many sports analysts considered their performance in the 2006 tourney to be the best run by a mid-major in tournament history. In the final rankings of 2005–2006 season, the USA Today/ESPN poll ranked the Patriots eighth in the nation—their highest rank to date.

Mason was atypical of recent Final Four teams not only in being a true mid-major, but also in their unusual scoring balance. The Patriots had five players average in double figures, making them one of only six Final Four teams in the 10 seasons from 1998–99 through 2007–08 with that distinction. (Two of the other five teams in this club are Florida's back-to-back national champions in 2006 and 2007.)[9]

Roster[edit]

2005–06 George Mason men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year High School/Junior College Home town
1.5 !G 22 Butler, LamarLamar Butler 74 !6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 4.5 !RS Sr Oxon Hill Fort Washington, MD
1.5 !G 12 Burns, TimTim Burns 75 !6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 3.0 !Jr Worcester Academy Greenfield, MA
1.5 !G 42 Campbell, FolarinFolarin Campbell 76 !6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 2.0 !So Springbrook Silver Spring, MD
1.5 !G 2 Carter, JordanJordan Carter 72 !6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 2.0 !So Brebeuf Indianapolis, IN
3.5 !F 40 Fleming, ChrisChris Fleming 79 !6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1.0 !Fr Osbourn Park Manassas, VA
3.5 !F 3 Konate, MakanMakan Konate 79 !6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 3.0 !Jr Worcester Academy Mali
3.5 !F 55 Lewis, JaiJai Lewis 79 !6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 275 lb (125 kg) 4.0 !Sr Aberdeen Aberdeen, MD
1.5 !G 24 Makings, CharlesCharles Makings 74 !6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 3.0 !Jr St. John's College Silver Spring, MD
3.5 !F 5 Norwood, GabeGabe Norwood 77 !6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 3.0 !Jr State College State College, PA
1.5 !G 1 Skinn, TonyTony Skinn 73 !6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 4.0 !Sr Takoma Academy Takoma Park, MD
3.5 !F 34 Thomas, WillWill Thomas 79 !6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 2.0 !So Mount Saint Joseph’s Baltimore, MD
3.5 !F 13 Urbina, JesusJesus Urbina Injured 79 !6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 3.0 !Jr Amelia Academy Venezuela
1.5 !G 23 Vaughn, JohnJohn Vaughn Injured 75 !6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 179 lb (81 kg) 2.0 !So Laurel Laurel, MD
Head coach

Jim Larranaga (Providence)

Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster
Last update: 2010-07-27

Stats[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Jai Lewis 35 30.4 .523 .348 .651 7.8 1.8 1.4 .7 13.7
Tony Skinn 34 31.6 .396 .339 .802 3.5 2.8 1.6 .0 12.6
Lamar Butler 35 31.9 .454 .378 .733 2.5 2.2 .9 .2 11.9
Will Thomas 35 31.9 .580 .000 .516 7.2 1.1 .7 .7 11.8
Folarin Campbell 35 31.1 .491 .343 .761 4.2 3.4 .7 .7 11.0
Gabe Norwood 35 21.1 .425 .375 .588 2.0 1.9 .9 .7 3.4
Sammy Hernandez 35 11.1 .518 .375 .278 3.1 .5 .2 .3 2.8
Tim Burns 20 6.0 .400 .400 .000 .5 .4 .3 .0 1.8
Jordan Carter 28 6.5 .524 .364 .333 .7 .7 .5 .0 1.0
Chris Fleming 28 4.7 .440 .000 .500 .7 .0 .1 .2 1.0
Makan Konate 11 2.2 .167 .000 .000 .4 .0 .0 .0 .2
Charles Makings 13 2.5 .250 .000 .000 .7 .2 .2 .0 .2

Game log[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Record
November 6* 7:00 p.m. St. Francis Xavier Patriot CenterFairfax, VA
(Exhibition)
W 99–70 
November 10* 7:00 p.m. vs. UC Irvine Joel ColiseumWinston-Salem, NC
(Coaches vs. Cancer Classic)
W 79–56  1–0
November 11* 7:00 p.m. vs. Wake Forest Joel ColiseumWinston-Salem, NC
(Coaches vs. Cancer Classic)
L 83–78 OT 1–1
November 22* 7:00 p.m. Creighton Patriot Center • Fairfax, VA L 72–52  1–2
November 26* 7:00 p.m. at Manhattan Draddy GymnasiumThe Bronx, NY W 72–66  2–2
December 2 7:00 p.m. at Georgia State GSU Sports ArenaAtlanta, GA W 81–51  3–2 (1–0)
December 5* 4:30 p.m. vs. American Verizon CenterWashington, DC
(BB&T Classic)
W 75–35  4–2
December 7 7:00 p.m. at Old Dominion Ted Constant Convocation CenterNorfolk, VA L 54–53  4–3 (1–1)
December 10* 5:00 p.m. Radford Patriot Center • Fairfax, VA W 81–69  5–3
December 21* 7:00 p.m. Hampton Patriot Center • Fairfax, VA W 79–66  6–3
December 27* 2:00 p.m. Holy Cross Patriot Center • Fairfax, VA W 71–38  7–3
December 30* 7:00 p.m. at Mississippi State Humphrey ColiseumStarkville, MS L 63–61  7–4
January 2 5:30 p.m. at Northeastern Matthews ArenaBoston W 71–68  8–4 (2–1)
January 5 3:00 p.m. VCU Patriot Center • Fairfax, VA W 73–60  9–4 (3–1)
January 7 4:30 p.m. Delaware Patriot Center • Fairfax, VA W 70–56  10–4 (4–1)
January 12 7:00 p.m. at William & Mary Kaplan ArenaWilliamsburg, VA W 65–46  11–4 (5–1)
January 14 2:00 p.m. at James Madison JMU Convocation CenterHarrisonburg, VA W 65–43  12–4 (6–1)
January 19 7:00 p.m. Northeastern Patriot Center • Fairfax, VA W 74–63  13–4 (7–1)
January 21 8:00 p.m. at UNC-Wilmington Trask ColiseumWilmington, NC L 69–63  13–5 (7–2)
January 26 8:00 p.m. William & Mary Patriot Center • Fairfax, VA W 81–58  14–5 (8–2)
January 28 2:00 p.m. Old Dominion Patriot Center • Fairfax, VA W 66–47  15–5 (9–2)
February 2 7:00 p.m. at Delaware Bob Carpenter CenterNewark, DE W 57–52  16–5 (10–2)
February 4 7:00 p.m. UNC-Wilmington Patriot Center • Fairfax, VA W 69–62  17–5 (11–2)
February 9 7:00 p.m. at VCU Stuart C. Siegel CenterRichmond, VA W 73–61  18–5 (12–2)
February 11 4:00 p.m. Towson Patriot Center • Fairfax, VA
(Homecoming)
W 65–53  19–5 (13–2)
February 15 7:00 p.m. Drexel Patriot Center • Fairfax, VA W 67–48  20–5 (14–2)
February 16* 6:00 p.m. at Wichita State Charles Koch ArenaWichita, KS
(ESPN Bracket Busters)
ESPN2 W 70–67  21–5
February 23 7:00 p.m. at Hofstra #25 Hofstra ArenaHempstead, NY L 77–66  21–6 (14–3)
February 25 7:00 p.m. James Madison #25 Patriot Center • Fairfax, VA W 61–56  22–6 (15–3)
March 4 7:00 p.m. vs. Georgia State Richmond ColiseumRichmond, VA
(CAA Tournament Quarterfinals)
W 61–56  23–6
March 5 5:00 p.m. vs. Hofstra Richmond ColiseumRichmond, VA
(CAA Tournament Semifinals)
L 58–49  23–7
March 17* 6:40 p.m. vs. Michigan State University of Dayton ArenaDayton, OH
(NCAA Tournament First Round, No. 6 vs. No. 11)
CBS Regional W 75–65  24–7
March 19* 5:20 p.m. vs. #12 North Carolina University of Dayton ArenaDayton, OH
(NCAA Tournament Second Round, No. 3 vs. No. 11)
CBS Regional W 65–60  25–7
March 24* 5:40 p.m. vs. Wichita State Verizon CenterWashington, DC
(NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen, No. 7 vs. No. 11)
CBS Regional W 63–55  26–7
March 26* 6:20 p.m. vs. #2 UConn Verizon CenterWashington, DC
(NCAA Tournament Elite Eight, No. 1 vs. No. 11)
CBS W 86–84 OT 27–7
April 1* 7:10 p.m. vs. #10 Florida RCA DomeIndianapolis, IN
(NCAA Tournament Final Four, No. 3 vs. No. 11)
CBS L 73–58  27–8
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

Recruits[edit]

The following is a list of commitments George Mason received for the 2006–2007 season:

  • Louis Birdsong
  • Darryl Monroe
  • Dre Smith

References[edit]