The Georgetown Hoyas (15-7, 7-4 Big East) have lost more than a few games this season, but none like this. Taking on the Providence Friars (17-6, 7-3 Big East), the Hoyas failed to even the season series, taking a 71-74 loss at home.
The Hoyas controlled the game for most of the night—Providence’s largest lead was their margin of victory. Georgetown, on the other hand, led by 13 with less than 12 minutes to play. But it was not to be.
It was not a particularly bad shooting night for the Hoyas, who posted a slightly below average 40 percent from the field. But the Blue and Gray’s 15 turnovers and critical misses at the free throw line made maintaining a lead difficult down the stretch.
“The Big East is no joke.”
Words from Georgetown freshman guard Paul White summarized a body of work that is becoming impossible to overlook. The first half of Big East conference play has proven that everyone can beat everyone, a lesson White and his fellow Hoyas learned the hard way on Tuesday night.
After a four-game win streak highlighted by a twenty-point drubbing of rival Villanova (18-2, 5-5 BIG EAST), Georgetown (14-6, 6-3 BIG EAST) was embarrassed Tuesday at the hands of Xavier (14-7, 5-4 BIG EAST), falling 66 to 53 in a one-sided affair at the Verizon Center.
“We didn’t control the things that we can control against Xavier,” said senior guard Jabril Trawick. “We still need to focus on the things that we did wrong and not let that carry over to the next game.”
The Women’s Ultimate Frisbee team, better known as the Huckin’ Foyas, is a force to be reckoned with. Although they were seeded 8th out of 10 teams in a tournament last weekend, they ended up placing 5th overall.
Saturday, the first day of the tournament, started off tough, with fierce matches against Penn State and UMD. Their win against Mary Washington on Sunday boosted them into the quarterfinals against UVA, a nationals-level team. The team ultimately lost that game, but the girls proceeded to win their next two games, leaving with a final 4-4 record.
Teams can expect to play up to four games each day during a tournament weekend. That is not a simple task. But the girls on the Georgetown Ultimate team know what it takes to be tough and competitive.
In an interview with Vox, captain Suzy Jivotovski (COL’15) explained that the game is much more than just tossing a disc around. “Confidence, mental strength, and attitude are equally important to speed and throwing ability, and we strive to create a positive playing environment both against our toughest opponents and easiest match-ups,” she said.
Sophomore central defender for the Georgetown University men’s varsity soccer team Joshua Yaro (COL ’17) turned down what is rumored to have been a six-figure offer to play Major League Soccer to instead work towards his degree.
Yaro was deemed by many as the No. 1 pick in the MLS SuperDraft and was named to the Soccer America Men’s MVP First Team. He also has earned Big East Defensive Player of the Week honors on multiple occasions over the course of this season and was a member of the Preseason All-Big East squad.
According to The Washington Post, growing up in Ghana, Yaro first made a big name for himself after earning a spot in the Right to Dream Academy, a residence program that integrates academics with athletics.
MILWAUKEE- It was a game of inches.
With 0.9 seconds left and the Hoyas up 81-79, Marquette graduate student Matt Carlino’s three-point field goal to give the Golden Eagles an 82-81 lead appeared to put an end to a back-and-forth contest that saw 16 lead changes and 15 different occasions where the score was tied.
But after review indicated that Carlino’s left foot straddled the three-point line, the made basket was changed from a three-pointer to a two, breathing new life into Georgetown Head Coach John Thompson III’s squad.
The Hoyas (14-5, 6-2 Big East) took advantage, as they outscored Marquette (10-9, 2-5 Big East) 14-4 in the extra period en route a 95-85 win in front of 15,713 hostile fans at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
MILWAUKEE— After concluding their successful two-game homestand this past weekend, the Georgetown men’s basketball team (13-5, 5-2 Big East) heads out to Milwaukee to face Marquette (10-8, 2-4 Big East) for a 2:30p.m. tip-off Saturday afternoon, and Vox will be there to cover the action.
That’s right, we’re heading out to the Brew City to cover the game because we hear the weather is nice there this time of year, and also because we know it’s a crucial game for the Hoyas if they want to show that this past weekend wasn’t a fluke and that they’re the best team in the Big East.
“I feel like we’re the best team in the country,” proclaimed freshman forward L.J. Peak during the team’s media availability Thursday.
Peak’s teammate, senior center Joshua Smith, offered a more diplomatic answer.
In similar fashion to what the Georgetown students did to the Verizon Center floor, the Georgetown men’s basketball team (13-5, 5-2 Big East) continued taking the Big East by storm Monday night as they defeated No. 4 Villanova (17-2, 4-2 Big East) resoundingly, 78-58, in front of a raucous crowd of 13,872 fans. The win, which marks the Hoyas’ fifth in their last six games, moves them into sole possession of first place in the Big East standings.
Leading 13-11 with 12:47 left in the first half, Georgetown embarked on a dominant 17-0 run to take a commanding 30-11 lead from which they never looked back, holding Villanova scoreless for a span of 7:20. The Hoyas’ extended their lead to as many as 26 early in the second half as the Wildcats never cut the lead to single digits for the remainder of the game.
“That was as good a defensive stretch as we’ve had in a very long time,” said Georgetown Head Coach John Thompson III of his team’s 17-0 run. “I think our defense is what dictated the game throughout the game and got us to where we took that lead in the first half. When our offense got sluggish in the second half our defense held on.”
It is ridiculous to say that one weekend in January will define Georgetown’s (12-5, 4-2 Big East) entire season.
The 61-59 win against Butler (13-6, 3-3 Big East) will not clinch a tournament berth for the Hoyas, nor will the game against No. 5 Villanova (17-1, 4-1 Big East) determine whether or not they qualify for postseason play. But these games could reveal whether the Blue and Gray are a true contender, or a team still struggling to put it all together.
Villanova presents the toughest in-conference test the Hoyas will face all season as the lone juggernaut in a conference full of strong teams that have a hard time distancing themselves from each other. Knocking off the Wildcats would go a long way towards proving the Hoyas’ legitimacy as a serious threat in March. Further, a win would send Georgetown to the top of the Big East standings, and catapult them back into the national rankings.
The freshman did it.
Down 59-58 after Butler junior forward Roosevelt Jones’ layup regained the lead for the Bulldogs with 12.5 seconds left in regulation, the Hoyas needed someone to step up.
Freshman forward Isaac Copeland answered the call, as senior guard Jabril Trawick kicked the ball out to him in the corner when the Bulldogs’ defense collapsed on his penetration, and drained the game-winning three-pointer with 5.4 seconds remaining to lift Georgetown (12-5, 4-2 Big East) past Butler (13-6, 3-3 Big East) for the 61-59 victory.
“We gave Jabril the ball and told him to make a play so everybody just spotted up in their corner and I made a shot,” said Copeland, who scored 10 points, all in the second half, and grabbed six rebounds.
It’s exactly how Georgetown Head Coach John Thompson III and the Hoyas diagrammed it in the timeout preceding the possession.
That was the word many pundits used to characterize the last meeting between Georgetown (11-5, 3-2 BIG EAST) and Butler (11-5, 3-2 BIG EAST), a 64-58 slugfest on Nov. 28th that saw the Bulldogs edge the Hoyas in the game’s final minutes.
The loss followed one of the Hoyas’ best-played games of the season, 68-65 loss against top-ranked Wisconsin, and secured an unsatisfying fourth place finish at the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas. For Head Coach John Thompson III, Saturday’s rematch with Butler at Verizon Center won’t be about a change in strategy, but a change in execution.
“I think the ways to win the game are still the same,” Thompson said. “That was a game, if you remember, where we had some of the worst transition d[efense]…that we’ve had all year. To beat them you have to negate, you’re never going to take away, but limit their strength, which is their rebounding and limit how they spread you out and get easy baskets in transition. And then you have to hope you get some baskets.”