Thomas led all players with 14 rebounds in the game. The Patriots out-rebounded the Spartans 38-23 in the contest. It was clear that the Patriots planned on banging with Michigan State down low, and it was their physical play that enabled them to earn the victory.
After the game head coach Tom Izzo told the media, "The disappointing thing is they took it to us early, and kicked our butts inside."
Not only did George Mason hurt Michigan State on the glass it was their defensive play around the basket that made a difference as well. The Patriots blocked six shots and showed the Big Ten favorite that they were not going to be pushed around.
Thomas did an extradordinary job of guarding Paul Davis. The senior avarages 18 points and 10 rebounds per game as well. Davis was held to almost half of his averages with 10 points and five rebounds.
After the game Davis said, "Down low we didn't do ur job. We didn't establish ourselves in the post early and they did."
Jai Lewis also had a solid game for the Patriots. Lewis scored 13 points and pulled down eight rebounds. It was no surprise that the two leading rebounders in the game came form George Mason (Thomas and Lewis).
After the game Izzo talked about the importance it is to have a tough team both mentally and physically.
"When I came to this program I tried to establish a toughness in our teams," Izzo said. This year we weren't very tough, but I can guarantee improvement in the future, we will get tougher."
With the loss, it was the last game for seniors Davis and Maurice Ager. Both players will be heading into the NBA draft this summer.