History of George Mason basketball
|George Mason Patriots Men's Basketball|
|University||George Mason University|
|Head coach||Paul Hewitt (1st year)|
|Student section||Patriot Platoon|
Green and Gold
|NCAA Tournament Final Four|
|Conference tournament champions|
|1989, 1999, 2001, 2008|
|Conference regular season champions|
|1999, 2000, 2006, 2011|
|George Mason Patriots Women's Basketball|
|University||George Mason University|
|Head coach||Jeri Porter (1st year)|
|Student section||Patriot Platoon|
Green and Gold
George Mason Patriots men's basketball program has a long history. Since Masons founding in 1957, basketball and athletics as a whole have contributed significantly to George Mason's popularity and success. The Patriots are the mascot and logo of George Mason University. The Patriots home court for both the men and women is at the Patriot Center, which is in Fairfax Virginia. The Patriots compete in the Atlantic 10 Conference. Until 2012-13, they competed in the Colonial Athletic Association, better known as the CAA. Both conferences are part of NCAA Division I sports. The men's team is coached by Paul Hewitt. The women's team was coached by Debbie Taneyhill, until she resigned in 2008.
The Patriots made a transition from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics NAIA to the National Collegiate Athletic Association NCAA Division II, and subsequently into the NCAA Division I rank in the 1978-79 season. According to the history of George Mason basketball, both the men's and women's basketball program have been fixtures of campus life, and have all been enjoyed by students, parents, faculty, staff, other alumni. Although many of the school's athletic programs are enjoyed by George Mason Patriots and have had many of their own memorable moments, the men's basketball program remains the key sport at the University. The men's basketball team has played at the Patriot Center since 1985, and in prior years played at the PE Building on the west side of the Fairfax Campus. George Mason has sent 3 players to the NBA since 1979. Those being Rob Rose, Ricky Wilson, and Jason Miskiri. George Mason has had numerous basketball players pursue post-college basketball careers overseas over the years, with many George Mason basketball alums still currently continuing their basketball careers overseas.
NCAA Tournament Appearances
The Patriots have advanced to the NCAA tournament six times (1989, 1999, 2001, 2006,2008, and 2011) and the NIT tournament (National Invitation tournament) three times (1986, 2002 and 2004). The basketball team is best known for its 2006 NCAA Final Four appearance where Mason beat North Carolina, Connecticut, Michigan State, and Wichita State. The Patriots lost to Florida in the final four, who then eventually became the 2006 National Champion. After the Patriots run in the 2005-2006 season, and their successful finish in the 2007-2008 season, George Mason Head Coach Jim Larranaga was offered to leave Mason for a 5 year, $4.25 million dollar offer from Providence College. Coach Larranaga announced his decision in April 2008 by declining the offer from Providence, and extending his current contract with Mason to 2015.
George Mason celebrated the 2005-2006 basketball campaign, when they set a school-record by winning 27 games, going 27-8 on the year. That season the patriots were ranked top 25 in the USA Today and ESPN polls for the very first time. George Mason was ranked #8 in the final NCAA Basketball polls that year, making that Mason's highest ever ranking in men's basketball. George Mason was nominated for 2 ESPY awards by ESPN. The Patriots were nominated for an ESPY in the category of "Best Moment," for making the Final Four after downing three highly-favored opponents. The run to the Final Four, which ESPN says is "considered by most the greatest in NCAA Tournament history", culminated with the Patriots beating top-seeded Connecticut 86-84 in overtime on March 26 to advance to the school, and the CAA conference's first-ever Final Four. George Mason also defeated Michigan State, North Carolina, and Wichita State in the NCAA Tournament while defeating the University of Connecticut in the Elite 8 to earn a trip to the Final Four in Indianapolis. George Mason would later fall to the eventual National Champion, University of Florida, in the Final Four game. While the Patriots were nominated for their virtuoso performance, the man who helped conduct the orchestra was also nominated for an ESPY as George Mason head men's basketball coach Jim Larranaga was nominated in the "Best Coach/Manager" category.
After the 2005-2006 season Head coach Jim Larranaga was named Virginia Coach of the Year on June 26, 2006. George Mason was one of only three teams since 1982 without a tournament win in its school history to still enter the final four. Georgia did it in 1983, and Virginia did it in 1981. During the 2005-2006 season the final four had a bigger following than the Super Bowl and the NBA Playoffs that year. The main following came from office pools and parties in houses, dorms, and bars.
The Patriot Center
The Patriot Center is a venue in the Northern Virginia area, seating over 10,000 people in its arena.The Patriot Center is located in Fairfax, Virginia, and is the home of the George Mason Patriots. The Patriot Center is on the campus of George Mason University, which currently has over 30,000 students and has engrossed over 7.7 million people to over 2400 events. www.Pollstar.com has ranked The Patriot Center as number 51 in ticket sales (2005). That is a large number considering most arenas have over 20,000 seating availability. A memorable moment at The Patriot Center occurred during the opening on October 4, 1985, when the New York Knicks played the Washington Bullets in a pre-season game. The patriot center is also the host of many concerts. The Patriot Center is the first university venue to be managed by a private company. Currently the Patriot Center is being managed by Washington Sports and Entertainment, who also manages the Washington Wizards and the Verizon Center. The Patriot Center hosted the first men’s CAA Tournament, and hosted its first women’s CAA Tournament in 2005.
George Mason Women's Basketball
In 2008, news broke out that women's basketball coach Debbie Taneyhill decided to resign to pursue other opportunities. Coach Taneyhill spent 11 seasons as Mason's women's basketball head coach, and had much success with the ladies. During Taneyhill's tenure as coach, she helped the lady Patriots to four-straight winning campaigns, from the 2000 to the 2004 season. She also led them to two post-season appearances in the Women's National Invitation Tournament, WNIT in 2001 and 2004, and was named 2001 Colonial Athletic Association Coach of the Year. She was the sixth coach in George Mason's 33-year history, and was the only head coach to have 10 or more wins in each of her first eight seasons. She led the Patriots to the 2004 CAA Championship title game for just the third time in school history. Taneyhill ranks second all-time among Mason coaches in both wins and games coached. During the 2005-2006 season George Mason University was selected to host the Colonial Athletic Association Women's Basketball Championship, to be played at the Patriot Center. It was the first time that George Mason served as host to the women's championship. In 2003 Mason Guard Jen Derevjanik advanced to the WNBA (Women's National Basketball association). Derevjanik is one of few players ever in Mason's history to play in the WNBA. Jen wrapped up her second season with the WNBA's Connecticut Sun in 2005, where the Sun's competed in the WNBA finals for the second straight season. Derevjanik is the first Mason player to be part of a team that has advanced to the WNBA Finals.
All-Time Head Coaches
Notable player accomplishments
- 1983 - Carlos Yates (Co-Player)
- 1988 - Kenny Sanders
- 1999 - George Evans
- 2000 - George Evans
- 2001 - George Evans
CAA ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
- 1980 - Andy Bolden
- 1982 - Carlos Yates
- 1986 - Kenny Sanders
- 1994 - Curtis McCants
- 1995 - Nate Langley
- 1998 - George Evans
ALL-CAA (ECAC South Conf., 1980–85)
- 1980 - Andre Gaddy
- 1982 - Carlos Yates
- 1983 - Carlos Yates
- 1984 - Carlos Yates, Ricky Wilson
- 1985 - Carlos Yates, Rob Rose (2nd), Ricky Wilson (2nd)
- 1986 - Rob Rose, Ricky Wilson (2nd)
- 1987 - Kenny Sanders
- 1988 - Kenny Sanders, Amp Davos (2nd)
- 1989 - Kenny Sanders
- 1990 - Robert Dykes, Mike Hargett (2nd), Steve Smith (2nd)
- 1991 - Robert Dykes, Byron Tucker (2nd)
- 1995 - Nate Langley (2nd)
- 1996 - Curtis McCants
- 1997 - Nate Langley
- 1998 - George Evans (2nd), Jason Miskiri (2nd)
- 1999 - George Evans, Jason Miskiri
- 2000 - George Evans, Erik Herring (2nd)
- 2001 - George Evans, Erik Herring
- 2002 - Jesse Young
- 2003 - Mark Davis (2nd)
- 2004 - Jai Lewis, Mark Davis (2nd)
- 2005 - Jai Lewis (2nd), Lamar Butler (2nd), Tony Skinn (3rd)
- 2006 - Jai Lewis, Tony Skinn (2nd)
- 2007 - Will Thomas (2nd), Folarin Campbell (3rd)
- 2008 - Will Thomas, Folarin Campbell (2nd)
- 2009 - John Vaughan (2nd), Darryl Monroe (2nd), Cam Long (3rd)
- 2010 - Cam Long (2nd)
- 2011 - Cam Long (1st), Ryan Pearson (2nd), Luke Hancock (3rd)
|Rank||Player||Years||Games||PPG Avg.||Total Points|
|Rank||Player||Years||Games||Reb. Avg.||Total Rebounds|
|Rank||Player||Years||Games||Ast. Avg.||Total Assists|
|George Mason (1966–1982)|
|George Mason (Eastern College Athletic Conference) (1982–1985)|
|George Mason (Colonial Athletic Association) (1985–Present)|
|1985–1986||George Mason||20-12||10-4||3rd||NIT 2nd Round|
|1988–1989||George Mason||20-11||11-4||2nd||NCAA 1st Round|
|1998–1999||George Mason||19-11||13-3||1st||NCAA 1st Round|
|2000–2001||George Mason||18-12||11-5||T-2nd||NCAA 1st Round|
|2001–2002||George Mason||19-10||13-5||2nd||NIT Opening Round|
|2003–2004||George Mason||23-10||12-6||3rd||NIT 2nd Round|
|2005–2006||George Mason||27-8||15-3||T-1st||NCAA Final Four|
|2007–2008||George Mason||23-11||12-6||3rd||NCAA 1st Round|
|2008–2009||George Mason||22-11||13-5||2nd||NIT 1st Round|
|2009–2010||George Mason||17-15||12-6||4th||CIT 1st Round|
|2010–2011||George Mason||27-7||16-2||1st||NCAA 3rd Round
National champion Conference regular season champion Conference tournament champion
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