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Story contributed by: Roger Mellen
Affiliation with GMU: student
Contributed on: 30 March 2006

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What single moment stands out to you the most from the 2005-06 season?
George Mason was up by two points, with the clock ticking down toward zero in overtime against UConn. Rashad Anderson launched a three. 90% of those of us at the game were sure it was going in and UConn would win. GMU won! Into the Final Four! Simply unbelievable.

Tell about your experiences during the Kryptonite Kids' magical run through the tournament:
I am a Connecticut Husky fan. I admit it. I have been rooting for their basketball team for decades. But I am also a George Mason student. I went to the Wichita State game dressed in Gold and Green. The fans were great. The team played hard, played smart and played with heart. When UConn played Washington, I changed my colors, my hat and shirt, to blue and white. You could not see or hear the Husky fans. The talented team did what they needed to win, in a rather lackluster performance. I faced a heart wrenching decision. Should I go to Sunday's game cheering for UConn or switch my allegiance to GMU? Although I confess a piece of me still rooted for my old team, and I did not think the Patriots would win, I went to bat for Mason. And they pulled off one of the greatest upsets of all time! I am now traveling to the Final Four, dressed in Gold and Green. Go Patriots! The hardworking team and exciting coach have won me over. Watch this website,, for further rants and raves from this George Mason University Patriots fan!

What do you think this moment means for George Mason University?
Lots of publicity now. A few more applicants next year. Perhaps another recruit or two for basketball and a bit more school spirit—for a while. Soon, this will fade into the background and George Mason University will largely be the same as it was, with a few more fantastic memories, but essentially the same.

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Roger Mellen, Object #3, George Mason University Digital Memory Bank, 30 March 2006, <>

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