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George Mason Shocks The Hoops World
George Mason Shocks The Hoops World
Published: 2006/10/13
Channel: CBS
George Mason University - The NCAA Final Four Cinderella Story
George Mason University - The NCAA Final Four Cinderella Story
Published: 2017/03/16
Channel: Fairfax County's 275th Anniversary
2006: No. 11 George Mason over No. 1 UConn 86-84 (OT)
2006: No. 11 George Mason over No. 1 UConn 86-84 (OT)
Published: 2013/02/01
Channel: NCAA On Demand
2006 NCAA Basketball Regional Final - George Mason vs Connecticut
2006 NCAA Basketball Regional Final - George Mason vs Connecticut
Published: 2014/02/26
Channel: NCAA On Demand
2006 NCAA Basketball Second Round - George Mason vs North Carolina
2006 NCAA Basketball Second Round - George Mason vs North Carolina
Published: 2014/02/28
Channel: NCAA On Demand
2006 NCAA Basketball Regional Semi Finals - George Mason vs Wichita State
2006 NCAA Basketball Regional Semi Finals - George Mason vs Wichita State
Published: 2014/02/28
Channel: NCAA On Demand
George Mason Basketball
George Mason Basketball
Published: 2008/01/25
Channel: gkbonnie
George Mason Patriots
George Mason Patriots
Published: 2006/03/29
Channel: cylemurdoch
T.j Sorrentine- The Shot
T.j Sorrentine- The Shot
Published: 2011/03/20
Channel: tekon1994
2006 NCAA   Men
2006 NCAA Men's Basketball Elite Eight George Mason vs. Connecticut
Published: 2013/10/22
Channel: NCAA On Demand
2006: George Mason reaches Final Four
2006: George Mason reaches Final Four
Published: 2013/01/31
Channel: NCAA On Demand
2006 NCAA Basketball National Semi-Final - Florida vs George Mason
2006 NCAA Basketball National Semi-Final - Florida vs George Mason
Published: 2014/02/26
Channel: NCAA On Demand
03/15/2001 NCAA West Regional 1st Round:  #14 George Mason Patriots vs.  #3 Maryland Terrapins
03/15/2001 NCAA West Regional 1st Round: #14 George Mason Patriots vs. #3 Maryland Terrapins
Published: 2013/08/22
Channel: thacozzman89
George Mason vs. ODU, 2006 Drew Williamson
George Mason vs. ODU, 2006 Drew Williamson
Published: 2014/07/16
Channel: bpar73
JT GMU Freshman 1988 CAA Championship
JT GMU Freshman 1988 CAA Championship
Published: 2007/11/07
Channel: JLTJ12
GMU v. UCONN - 2006 NCAA Men
GMU v. UCONN - 2006 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament
Published: 2014/07/28
Channel: Christopher Suleske
Patriot Vision-Episode 3
Patriot Vision-Episode 3
Published: 2008/09/10
Channel: MasonSports
Southern Illinois vs. St. Mary
Southern Illinois vs. St. Mary's, 2005 NCAA Tournament, first half
Published: 2014/12/13
Channel: dawg3322
Celebration George Mason
Celebration George Mason
Published: 2006/03/27
Channel: BaseLineJournal
GW Welcomes Men
GW Welcomes Men's Basketball Head Coach Mike Lonergan
Published: 2011/05/09
Channel: discovergw
2006 NCAA   Men
2006 NCAA Men's Basketball Elite Eight George Mason vs. Connecticut
Published: 2013/10/22
Channel: NCAA On Demand
Mason
Mason's Men's Basketball Team Defeats Mount St. Mary's
Published: 2008/11/26
Channel: GMUFourthEstate
#5 VCU vs #4 George Mason Pregame & Coaches Interviews Video
#5 VCU vs #4 George Mason Pregame & Coaches Interviews Video
Published: 2010/03/06
Channel: CAASports
2006 NCAA Tournament George Mason vs. Witchita State Shocker
2006 NCAA Tournament George Mason vs. Witchita State Shocker
Published: 2007/03/13
Channel: bleffler88
GMU FINAL FOUR RUN 2006
GMU FINAL FOUR RUN 2006
Published: 2008/05/26
Channel: mrmangos02
Exclusive News from the 2006 NCAA Tournament | Final Four
Exclusive News from the 2006 NCAA Tournament | Final Four
Published: 2006/11/17
Channel: eastlasportsscene
2001 NCAA Basketball Regional Final - Arizona vs Illinois
2001 NCAA Basketball Regional Final - Arizona vs Illinois
Published: 2014/02/28
Channel: NCAA On Demand
Mason Drum Line at Gold Rush
Mason Drum Line at Gold Rush
Published: 2008/11/18
Channel: GMUFourthEstate
GMU sweet 16.avi
GMU sweet 16.avi
Published: 2010/03/17
Channel: evbailey187
NCAA Basketball 2013 George Mason Patriots v Oregon State Beavers
NCAA Basketball 2013 George Mason Patriots v Oregon State Beavers
Published: 2013/12/24
Channel: NCAAGAMES
Preview: Men
Preview: Men's Basketball vs. George Mason
Published: 2016/02/05
Channel: Dayton Flyers
"8 Years Past Midnight" (George Mason University Final Four Documentary)
"8 Years Past Midnight" (George Mason University Final Four Documentary)
Published: 2015/01/27
Channel: GMUStudentMedia
Game 6 - George Mason Patriots vs. Ohio Highlights
Game 6 - George Mason Patriots vs. Ohio Highlights
Published: 2008/12/18
Channel: MasonBasketball
🏀LSU Rewind to Darrel Mitchel Clinching NCAA Tournament Birth vs Texas A&M🏀
🏀LSU Rewind to Darrel Mitchel Clinching NCAA Tournament Birth vs Texas A&M🏀
Published: 2017/01/09
Channel: Cityzen225
Game 1 - George Mason Patriots at Vermont Highlights
Game 1 - George Mason Patriots at Vermont Highlights
Published: 2008/12/16
Channel: MasonBasketball
GW men
GW men's basketball vs. George Mason - 2009
Published: 2010/10/27
Channel: GWFanVideos
#1 Seed Villanova Wildcats vs #8 Seed Arizona Wildcats 2006 NCAA Tournament 2nd Round
#1 Seed Villanova Wildcats vs #8 Seed Arizona Wildcats 2006 NCAA Tournament 2nd Round
Published: 2016/12/26
Channel: VillanovaBasketball
UNI Men
UNI Men's Basketball Preps for George Mason
Published: 2016/11/28
Channel: UNI Athletics
CAA Championship Preview
CAA Championship Preview
Published: 2009/03/09
Channel: CBS
#CAAHoops TV Recap -- George Mason 69, New Mexico 70
#CAAHoops TV Recap -- George Mason 69, New Mexico 70
Published: 2012/11/19
Channel: CAASports
2004 Final Four Duke vs  Connecticut1
2004 Final Four Duke vs Connecticut1
Published: 2015/02/07
Channel: Classic Basketball
Women
Women's Basketball Highlights: Delaware State Hornets vs. George Mason Patriots
Published: 2013/12/05
Channel: Benjamin Bullock
03/17/2000 NCAA East Regional 1st Round:  #12 Butler Bulldogs vs.  #5 Florida Gators
03/17/2000 NCAA East Regional 1st Round: #12 Butler Bulldogs vs. #5 Florida Gators
Published: 2014/01/28
Channel: thacozzman2
Mason Basketball - Top 50 Plays of the Decade 40-31
Mason Basketball - Top 50 Plays of the Decade 40-31
Published: 2010/01/22
Channel: MasonBasketball
#MasonGameDay: George Mason vs Oklahoma State [Charleston Classic]
#MasonGameDay: George Mason vs Oklahoma State [Charleston Classic]
Published: 2015/11/20
Channel: Giant Killer
03/12/2005 ACC Tournament Semifinal #2:  NC State Wolfpack vs.  #5 Duke Blue Devils
03/12/2005 ACC Tournament Semifinal #2: NC State Wolfpack vs. #5 Duke Blue Devils
Published: 2013/09/22
Channel: thacozzman89
GW Colonials on the March
GW Colonials on the March
Published: 2014/03/21
Channel: GWalumni Colonials
Mar. 17 - George Mason v. Penn St. - 2 of 2 - Last 4 Minutes
Mar. 17 - George Mason v. Penn St. - 2 of 2 - Last 4 Minutes
Published: 2009/03/18
Channel: Blarghman1
George Mason Basketball - Art of War
George Mason Basketball - Art of War
Published: 2009/06/17
Channel: MasonBasketball
George Mason Women
George Mason Women's Basketball vs. Delaware Trailer
Published: 2015/12/06
Channel: GeorgeMasonAthletics
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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 No. 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
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. The team reached several milestones, including a team record 23 regular season wins, and a trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Patriots reached the Final Four of the NCAA, becoming the first team from the Colonial Athletic Association to accomplish that feat.

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 the national championship 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 Patriots men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G 22 Butler, LamarLamar Butler 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 170 lb (77 kg) RS Sr Oxon Hill Fort Washington, Maryland
G 12 Burns, TimTim Burns 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Jr Worcester Academy Greenfield, Massachusetts
G 42 Campbell, FolarinFolarin Campbell 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 205 lb (93 kg) So Springbrook Silver Spring, Maryland
G 2 Carter, JordanJordan Carter 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) So Brebeuf Indianapolis, Indiana
F 40 Fleming, ChrisChris Fleming 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Fr Osbourn Park Manassas, Virginia
F 3 Konate, MakanMakan Konate 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Jr Worcester Academy Mali
F 55 Lewis, JaiJai Lewis 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 275 lb (125 kg) Sr Aberdeen Aberdeen, Maryland
G 24 Makings, CharlesCharles Makings 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Jr St. John's College Silver Spring, Maryland
F 5 Norwood, GabeGabe Norwood 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Jr State College State College, Pennsylvania
G 1 Skinn, TonyTony Skinn 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Sr Takoma Academy Takoma Park, Maryland
F 34 Thomas, WillWill Thomas 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 230 lb (104 kg) So Mount Saint Joseph's Baltimore, Maryland
F 13 Urbina, JesúsJesús Urbina Injured 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Jr Amelia Academy Barquisimeto, Venezuela
G 23 Vaughn, JohnJohn Vaughn Injured 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 179 lb (81 kg) So Laurel Laurel, Maryland
Head coach

Jim Larrañaga (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

Schedule[edit]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site
city, state
November 6*
7:00 p.m.
St. Francis Xavier
Exhibition
W 99–70 
Patriot Center 
Fairfax, Virginia
November 10*
7:00 p.m.
vs. UC Irvine
Coaches vs. Cancer Classic
W 79–56  1–0
Joel Coliseum 
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
November 11*
7:00 p.m.
vs. Wake Forest
Coaches vs. Cancer Classic
L 83–78 OT 1–1
Joel Coliseum 
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
November 22*
7:00 p.m.
Creighton L 72–52  1–2
Patriot Center 
Fairfax, Virginia
November 26*
7:00 p.m.
at Manhattan W 72–66  2–2
Draddy Gymnasium 
The Bronx, New York
December 2
7:00 p.m.
at Georgia State W 81–51  3–2
(1–0)
GSU Sports Arena 
Atlanta
December 5*
4:30 p.m.
vs. American
BB&T Classic
W 75–35  4–2
Verizon Center 
Washington, D.C.
December 7
7:00 p.m.
at Old Dominion L 54–53  4–3
(1–1)
Ted Constant Convocation Center 
Norfolk, Virginia
December 10*
5:00 p.m.
Radford W 81–69  5–3
Patriot Center 
Fairfax, Virginia
December 21*
7:00 p.m.
Hampton W 79–66  6–3
Patriot Center 
Fairfax, Virginia
December 27*
2:00 p.m.
Holy Cross W 71–38  7–3
Patriot Center 
Fairfax, Virginia
December 30*
7:00 p.m.
at Mississippi State L 63–61  7–4
Humphrey Coliseum 
Starkville, Mississippi
January 2
5:30 p.m.
at Northeastern W 71–68  8–4
(2–1)
Matthews Arena 
Boston
January 5
3:00 p.m.
VCU
Rivalry
W 73–60  9–4
(3–1)
Patriot Center 
Fairfax, Virginia
January 7
4:30 p.m.
Delaware W 70–56  10–4
(4–1)
Patriot Center 
Fairfax, Virginia
January 12
7:00 p.m.
at William & Mary W 65–46  11–4
(5–1)
Kaplan Arena 
Williamsburg, Virginia
January 14
2:00 p.m.
at James Madison W 65–43  12–4
(6–1)
JMU Convocation Center 
Harrisonburg, Virginia
January 19
7:00 p.m.
Northeastern W 74–63  13–4
(7–1)
Patriot Center 
Fairfax, Virginia
January 21
8:00 p.m.
at UNC-Wilmington L 69–63  13–5
(7–2)
Trask Coliseum 
Wilmington, North Carolina
January 26
8:00 p.m.
William & Mary W 81–58  14–5
(8–2)
Patriot Center 
Fairfax, Virginia
January 28
2:00 p.m.
Old Dominion W 66–47  15–5
(9–2)
Patriot Center 
Fairfax, Virginia
February 2
7:00 p.m.
at Delaware W 57–52  16–5
(10–2)
Bob Carpenter Center 
Newark, Delaware
February 4
7:00 p.m.
UNC-Wilmington W 69–62  17–5
(11–2)
Patriot Center 
Fairfax, Virginia
February 9
7:00 p.m.
at VCU W 73–61  18–5
(12–2)
Stuart C. Siegel Center 
Richmond, Virginia
February 11
4:00 p.m.
Towson
Homecoming
W 65–53  19–5
(13–2)
Patriot Center 
Fairfax, Virginia
February 15
7:00 p.m.
Drexel W 67–48  20–5
(14–2)
Patriot Center 
Fairfax, Virginia
February 16*
6:00 p.m., ESPN2
at Wichita State
ESPN Bracket Busters
W 70–67  21–5
Charles Koch Arena 
Wichita, Kansas
February 23
7:00 p.m.
No. 25 at Hofstra L 77–66  21–6
(14–3)
Hofstra Arena 
Hempstead, New York
February 25
7:00 p.m.
No. 25 James Madison W 61–56  22–6
(15–3)
Patriot Center 
Fairfax, Virginia
March 4
7:00 p.m.
vs. Georgia State
CAA Tournament Quarterfinals
W 61–56  23–6
Richmond Coliseum 
Richmond, Virginia
March 5
5:00 p.m.
vs. Hofstra
CAA Tournament Semifinals
L 58–49  23–7
Richmond Coliseum 
Richmond, Virginia
March 17*
6:40 p.m., CBS Regional
vs. Michigan State
NCAA Tournament First Round, No. 6 vs. No. 11
W 75–65  24–7
University of Dayton Arena 
Dayton, Ohio
March 19*
5:20 p.m., CBS Regional
vs. No. 12 North Carolina
NCAA Tournament Second Round, No. 3 vs. No. 11
W 65–60  25–7
University of Dayton Arena 
Dayton, Ohio
March 24*
5:40 p.m., CBS Regional
vs. Wichita State
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen, No. 7 vs. No. 11
W 63–55  26–7
Verizon Center 
Washington, D.C.
March 26*
6:20 p.m., CBS
vs. No. 2 Connecticut
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight, No. 1 vs. No. 11
W 86–84 OT 27–7
Verizon Center 
Washington, D.C.
April 1*
7:10 p.m., CBS
vs. No. 10 Florida
NCAA Tournament Final Four, No. 3 vs. No. 11
L 73–58  27–8
RCA Dome 
Indianapolis
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
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]

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