Former Georgetown basketball star Austin Freeman has been charged with seven traffic offenses, including driving under the influence of alcohol, the Washington Times reported today.
On June 25 at 4:05 a.m., Maryland State Police in Prince George’s County stopped former Georgetown basketball star Austin Freeman, who was going 71 mph in a 50-mph zone. He was cited for DUI, reckless driving, negligent driving, failure to obey a traffic control device, and not displaying the vehicle registration card when asked by the officer.
Two days before the incident, Freeman learned that he had gone undrafted in the 2011 NBA Draft. The 2010-2011 Big East Preseason Player of the Year had high hopes, especially after working out for several NBA teams and reportedly dropping 20 pounds since Georgetown’s season ended. But no team came calling and the shooting guard was left to ponder his next move.
Freeman finished his career on the Hilltop with 1,761 points, the seventh most in Georgetown history. He also ranks third all-time in three pointers made with 187 and second all-time in free throw percentage, making 82.6 percent of his shots from the charity stripe. In his senior season, Freeman averaged a team-leading and career-best 17.6 points per game.
Driving under the influence of alcohol carries a maximum penalty of one year in jail, a $1,000 fine, and a 45-day license suspension.
h/t Washington Times
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The Georgetown women’s basketball team opened up the first round of the NCAA tournament with a commanding 65-49 win over Princeton on Sunday afternoon. It is the second straight year the team has won its opening round game. The fifth-seeded Hoyas came out strong and relied on star player Sugar Rodgers to down the 12th-seeded Tigers.
First half performance
Georgetown held Princeton to 14 points in the first half while Rodgers alone scored 16 points. The Hoyas’ suffocating full court press shut down the Tigers’ offense, holding them to 28.6 percent shooting and forcing 14 turnovers in the half. The Hoyas took advantage of the Tigers’ miscues and scored 22 points off turnovers. Georgetown also shot a staggering 46.2 percent from downtown, half of which came from Rodgers. Princeton adjusted in the second half and outscored the Hoyas 35-31, but couldn’t make up the large first half margin.
“This time we went full court, our madness press because we wanted to start the pressure up a little bit higher and be just a little more aggressive,” head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy said.
Sugar Rodgers demonstrated why she is the team leader, scoring 26 points. She also led the team with 10 rebounds, four assists, and three steals. It was her first double-double since Jan. 8 against Marquette, when she also had 26 points and 10 rebounds. Rodgers shot 8-for-18 from the field and 4-for-9 from beyond the arc. Juniors Tia Magee and Rubylee Wright supported their sophomore teammate by adding 14 and 11 respectively.
On Tuesday the Hoyas will take on the fourth-seeded Maryland Terrapins, who defeated St. Francis 70-48 in the first round on Sunday. Georgetown beat Maryland earlier in the season 53-45 at home, but this time the game will be played at the Comcast Center in College Park. Game time is set for 7:15 p.m
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That’s all folks. The Hoyas season came to an end in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, on a cold Friday night in Chicago. Like last year’s disappointing loss against Ohio, this one wasn’t even close, as sloppy ball handling and poor three-point shooting doomed the Hoyas in a 74-56 loss to VCU. Even more sad is the fact that this marks the end of Chris Wright, Austin Freeman, Julian Vaughn, and Ryan Dougherty’s careers at Georgetown.
The difference between the two teams in this one was like night and day. The Hoyas shot an atrocious 19.2%, while VCU poured in 48% of their shots from downtown. Take away Hollis Thompson and the only Hoya to connect from behind the arc was Markel Starks. With Julian Vaughn’s struggles continuing, Georgetown needed to shoot well from downtown tonight and that just didn’t happen. VCU allowed very few open shots by playing tight defense on the perimeter, made possible because of the poor play of the big men. On the other side, Georgetown had a lot of trouble communicating defensively and let a lot of Rams shooters to get free. Brandon Rozzell went 6-10 from three-point land on his way to a team high 26 points.
All season long turnovers have been a problem for this team. During the first half of the season, the Hoyas averaged about 14 per game. They eventually began to correct their mistakes and during an eight-game winning streak saw those numbers go down. But, after Wright’s injury, they went back to biting themselves in the foot. Many thought that with Wright back, it wouldn’t be a problem, but because of VCU’s furious press, Georgetown turned the ball over 17 times, which led to 17 points. Meanwhile, the Rams only turned the ball over six times, relying on point guard Joey Rodriguez who dished out seven assists.
Georgetown has a long off-season ahead of them. The team will have to deal with an NCAA upset for the second straight year, but more importantly the team’s makeup will greatly change. With Freeman, Vaughn and Wright gone, JTIII will have to determine who will fill the three open starting spots. Will the Hoyas have a point guard who can make up for Wright’s lost contribution as the floor general? The team may have found a replacement for Freeman’s steady scoring in Hollis Thompson, who showed tonight what he is capable of. The big question is though, with only one NCAA Tournament win since 2007’s Final Four run, and three straight disappointing endings to the season, does the program need to be reassessed? Only time will tell.
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Well, that was quick. The Hoyas bowed out of The Big East Tournament in the second round today, losing to UConn 79-62. It was the team’s fourth straight loss after Chris Wright went down with a broken hand. After making an amazing run to the finals last year, Georgetown will head back to D.C. early and begin preparing for the NCAA Tournament. The team will have some time to learn from their early New York exit and adjust before the Big Dance.
It can’t be stressed enough how important Wright is to Georgetown’s success. His presence on the court makes everyone better, and without him the Hoyas not only suffer offensively, but defensively as well. Today, the squad’s offense was stagnant, as they only had six assists (three from big man Nate Lubick), compared to 16 turnovers. Wright himself averages 5.4 assists per game. His absence was also part of the reason Georgetown shot only 22.7% from downtown. Without Wright, the team needs to shoot well from behind the arc to win, but they need Wright to create those open looks.
“He gets everybody open, he finds everybody and he can also create for himself,” Jason Clark said of the injured point guard.
Wright is arguably the team’s best defensive player as well and without him guarding Kemba Walker, the Huskies star player had his way with the Hoyas. Wright wouldn’t have been able to stop him, but containing him enough would have helped his teammates focus more on their other assignments.
Big Man Who?
The only thing worse than having one big man in foul trouble is having two big men in foul trouble. The Hoyas were greatly maligned because of their lack of inside game. Both Julian Vaughn and Nate Lubick got into early foul trouble and never had a chance to get in a groove. Both of them spent much of the second half on the bench, each tallying four fouls less than eight minutes into the second half. Vaughn finished with zero points in one of his worst games ever, and Lubick didn’t do much better, contributing only four points. Henry Sims couldn’t provide any relief off the bench either.
“[Vaughn and Sims] were not playing well so we went with a different lineup,” John Thompson III said. “Does that affect things? Yes. But they were not producing. You have to produce.”
The Hoyas were outscored in the paint 38-26, most of which were Freeman and Clark. The duo accounted for 43 of the team’s 62 total points.
The Hoyas will have time to improve, but there will also be a lot of waiting. They will have to wait to see what seed the NCAA selection committee will give them. They will also have to wait on Chris Wright.
“We are absolutely anticipating that,” JTIII said in regards to Wright being available for the NCAA Tournament.
Besides the prospect of Wright rejoining the team, the Hoyas can take solace in the fact that they now have plenty of time to prepare for the Big Dance.
“Having a break here could be beneficial as we get ready to go to the next part,” JTIII said.
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On Senior Day at the Verizon Center and in what was arguably the biggest game of the season, the Hoyas were without their most important player. With guard Chris Wright watching from the bench because of a broken hand, Georgetown fell to Syracuse 58-51. With their second straight loss, the Hoyas are now 10-7 in the Big East and sit in eighth place in the conference.
This was the most telling stat of the game. The Hoyas committed 16 turnovers, while the Orange had only nine. Syracuse made Georgetown pay for their mistakes too, scoring 21 of their 58 points off of miscues. With Wright out, Jason Clark struggled to replace the senior’s production from the point, by turning the ball over five times while only dishing out one assist. Earlier in the month, Wright was the key to breaking down Syracuse’s vaunted two-three zone in a win, and today no other Hoya possessed the ability to attack the zone quite like Wright. Read the rest of this entry »
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The No. 13 Hoyas won their sixth straight game this afternoon against Providence to move to 7-4 in the Big East. Georgetown led by a comfortable margin for most of the game, but the Friars climbed back in the final eight minutes and had a chance to win on the final possession. It has been said many times before, but it bears repeating: every win in the Big East this year is important, even against a bottom-dweller like Providence.
Marshon Brooks is #TOUUUUUUUUUGGHHHH
To say the very least, Brooks was in the zone this afternoon at the Verizon Center. His 43 points were the most by a Big East player this season and were the fifth highest ever in a Big East league game. Brooks, who is the second leading scorer in the Big East this year behind Kemba Walker, totaled 24 points in the first half and then made up for an eight-minute scoring drought by adding all 19 of his second half in the last 11 minutes of the game.
“He single handedly kept us in the game during that stretch and we were able to make sure he got the ball,” Providence head coach Keno Davis said.
If Chris Wright didn’t steal the ball from Brooks at the end of the game, we may have seen him single handedly win the game for the Friars.
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Georgetown lost a heartbreaker to St. John’s last night at Madison Square Garden, 61-58. It was the second loss in three Big East games for Hoyas, who continued their disappointing start to conference play. The 1-2 record comes as a surprise after the team began the season 11-1 playing one of the toughest out-of-conference schedules in the country. Some notes on the loss:
“The Big Three” comes up short
The combination of Chris Wright, Austin Freeman, and Jason Clark entered tonight’s game shooting a combined 41.2 percent from behind the arc, but against St. John’s, the trio went 2-for-13 from downtown and scored a combined 20 points. The old adage “live by the three, die by the three” couldn’t have been more painfully true tonight.
The Hoyas commited 14 turnovers, which is nothing new–they average 14.2 per game–but they only forced St. John’s into committing four. The turnover margin of ten was Georgetown’s worst of the season. The team can’t expect to win many games in the Big East with that large of a differential.
Cooling the hot hand
Hollis Thompson was the Hoyas’ best player, scoring a team-high 16 points and grabbing 7 rebounds, but he was nowhere to be seen in the final minutes of the game. Experience wasn’t the issue, as Nate Lubick, a less experienced, less potent offensive player took Hollis’ spot on the floor with the rest of the starting five.
Up next for Georgetown is a home game against West Virginia (8-4, 2-0 Big East) on Saturday. It’s the first time the Hoyas face the Mountaineers since they lost to them in last season’s Big East Finals. Revenge will have to take a back seat though, as Georgetown should only be thinking about how to rebound from their slow conference start.
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While students hit the books during finals, the Hoyas hit their shots on Saturday, as they passed an afternoon test against Loyola Maryland with flying colors. Behind an offensive masterpiece in the first half—the Hoyas shot 78.3% from the field—the reserves held down the fort in the second half as Georgetown crushed the Greyhounds, 99-75.
It was the first game for the team in six days, and Head Coach John Thompson III, nervous about the long layoff, had nothing to worry about because the Hoyas came out hungry.
“We got a good win,” senior point guard Chris Wright said. “Guys were just excited to play. We were making good reads and being efficient on offense. We were getting the stops on defense.”
Wright, who played a season-low 20 minutes, was productive, scoring eleven points while dishing out three assists. The other starting guards, senior Austin Freeman and junior Jason Clark, played 22 and 18 minutes respectively. The veterans made their minutes count nonetheless, as their efficiency in the first half put the game out of reach.
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