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News Feed - January 26, 2009

George Mason Coach Jim Larranaga offered an update on John Vaughan’s condition during the Colonial Athletic Association coaches’ conference call on Monday.

Vaughan was “sent to a neurologist for further examination on Friday,” Larranaga said. “That doctor determined that there was no further damage. Our trainer, Debi Corbatto is working with John on a daily basis, evaluating him each day. He’s feeling good. He shot on Saturday in our shoot-around before the VCU game. He shot and ran a little bit [Sunday]. He’ll be progressing back toward being able to compete probably later on this week.”

Vaughan suffered a concussion during the Jan. 21 game at Northeastern and did not play in Saturday’s game against VCU. Larranaga was asked how Vaughan’s absence in that game affected the team.

“There’s two major areas, one most people don’t even consider that important,” Larranaga said. “When you’re being pressed by a team extensively, John Vaughan is our inbounder after the opponent scores. . . . [He] inbounds the ball to our point guard. Without him, the guys who had to do that – although they’ve done it once in a while – it’s not a major responsibility for them. That made the difference. Our inbounding was not as sharp as we would like for it to have been. It certainly wasn’t as sharp as it would have been if John Vaughan were there.

“The other [area] is, JV is our best perimeter defender. He would have been given the responsibility of guarding Eric Maynor. And although Eric Maynor is a very, very hard guy to contain, I think John’s used to those kind of challenges and I think it would have certainly helped us to have him. Plus, he’s our number one three-point shooter, and a guy who has great leadership skills. I think in those tight games, especially on the road, you need that leadership.”

Maynor scored 28 points on 9-of-17 shooting against George Mason in VCU’s 76-71 victory.

By Kathy Orton  |  January 26, 2009; 12:46 PM ET
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