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.”
They’ll take it.
Despite seeming in control with an 11-point lead at the 14:47 mark of the second half, the Georgetown men’s basketball team (10-4, 2-1 Big East) found a way to eke out a 65-59 win against Marquette (9-6, 1-2 Big East) Tuesday night at Verizon Center.
The Hoyas failed to convert a field goal for a 12:06 stretch in the second half, which ended after senior center Joshua Smith’s layup with 4:03 left in regulation gave the Hoyas a 52-46 lead. A three-pointer from Marquette freshman guard Duane Wilson at the 2:05 mark punctuated a 7-2 run by the Golden Eagles and cut the Hoyas’ lead to 54-53.
Two possessions later, however, Georgetown junior guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera fade-away jumper in traffic extended the Hoyas’ lead to 56-53 with 1:12 remaining to effectively seal the Blue and Gray’s second consecutive win. The Hoyas shot 9-of-10 from the free throw in the closing minute to combat any hope of a Marquette comeback.
Following a 76-61 home win against Creighton (9-6, 0-2 Big East), the Georgetown men’s basketball (9-4, 1-1 Big East) hopes to build its first Big East winning streak when they host Jesuit rival Marquette (9-5, 1-1 Big East) Tuesday night at Verizon Center. Tip-off is slated for 7:00p.m.
In their most recent game against Creighton, the strong play of the Blue and Gray freshmen propelled the team to victory. Three freshmen, guard Tre Campbell and forwards L.J. Peak and Paul White, combined for 37 points, nine rebounds, and five assists.
Providing a spark off the bench for the Hoyas, Campbell finished with 13 points and two assists in a career-high 26 minutes. Peak scored 14 points, grabbed four rebounds and had three steals while White added 10 points, four rebounds and two assists.
NEW YORK—“Oh man!”
That statement made by Georgetown Head Coach John Thompson III as he entered the Madison Square Garden press room most aptly summarizes the probable feelings of many Hilltop faithful after watching the back-and-forth overtime affair between the Hoyas (8-3, 0-0 Big East) and Indiana (10-3, 0-0 Big Ten). The Blue and Gray had the last word, though, as they defeated the Hoosiers 91-87.
Senior guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera led the way for the Hoyas with a game-high 29 points—24 of which came in the second half and overtime—while senior forward Aaron Bowen added a career-high 22 points off the bench.
Both sides played evenly matched for much of the first half until the 6:55 mark when Thompson was forced to sit senior center Joshua Smith after he picked up his third foul with Indiana up 25-22. With the Hoyas’ offense disoriented without Smith’s low-post presence, the Hoosiers went on a 15-8 run to give themselves a 40-30 halftime lead.
The Georgetown men’s basketball team (6-3, 0-0 Big East) defeated Radford (5-4, 0-0 Big South) 76-49, Saturday afternoon at Verizon Center.
Senior guard Jabril Trawick’s all-around effort, with eight points, game-high seven assists, and four rebounds paved the way for the Hoyas. Senior forward Aaron Bowen added 16 points and freshman forward Paul White scored 12 points to lead the Hoyas’ strong bench performance.
Trawick didn’t light it up with double-digit points. He didn’t take over the game. He didn’t dominate the floor. No, he played exactly how a senior guard should when surrounded by a young group: he made those around him better.
The Blue and Gray will try to bounce back after an emotional loss at home to #10 Kansas Wednesday night 75-70 when they take on Radford (5-3, 0-0 Big South) this Saturday afternoon at the Verizon Center. Tip-off is slated for 12:00 p.m.
While the Hoyas are coming off a tough loss against the Jayhawks, Radford Head Coach Mike Jones and the Highlanders are coming off of three straight wins. The Highlanders seek to continue their momentum after last Sunday’s hard-fought 68-66 victory against Virginia Tech.
Georgetown’s loss to Kansas was the Hoyas’ first home loss of the season. Radford is only 1-3 away. Odds are not quite as many Highlander fans will invade the Verizon Center as Jayhawk fans did Wednesday night. Look for a blue and gray crowd.
In their matchup against No. 10 Kansas this Wednesday, the Georgetown men’s basketball team narrowly missed out on the opportunity for a notable win, but used the high-profile setting to make a statement about a larger issue.
During pregame warmups, all of the team’s players wore black shirts that read “I Can’t Breathe” in white lettering. The words were the last spoken by Eric Garner, an African American man who was put in a chokehold by a New York City police officer, and was eventually strangled to death, after being approached for selling loose cigarettes.
Similar shirts had previously made appearances in the NBA when the Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James and the Chicago Bulls’ Derrick Rose, among others, wore them before their games over the past week. However, the Hoyas were the first college players to decide to display the shirts in support of the nationwide movement in protest of police brutality and the racial profiling of African Americans.
It was a statement game, in the strictest sense of the phrase. When the Georgetown men’s basketball team took the Verizon Center floor Wednesday night for pregame warm-ups wearing “I Can’t Breathe” shirts, they became the first team in all of college basketball to join in the nationwide solidarity movement in protest of police brutality.
And while their actions certainly drew the attention of the whole country, the Hoyas (5-3, 0-0 Big East) were unable to earn a much-needed national statement win, as they lost to No. 10 Kansas (7-3, 0-0 Big 12), 70-75, in front of a boisterous crowd of 14,164 fans, the largest crowd to attend a Georgetown home game since March 2013.
The back-and-forth affair saw Georgetown senior center Joshua Smith score a game-high 20 points and freshman guard L.J. Peak tally 18 points, but it was not enough for the Blue and Gray, who saw their 53-game home non-conference winning streak snapped with the loss.
After going 1-2 in the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament last week, the Georgetown men’s basketball (5-2, 0-0 Big East) rediscovered their winning ways by convincingly defeating Towson (7-2, 0-0 CAA), 76-46, Sunday afternoon at Verizon Center. Georgetown junior guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera led an all-around team effort for the Hoyas, who had five players score in double-figures, with 16 points.
The Blue and Gray controlled the game right from the opening tip, as they never relinquished the 2-0 lead they acquired after senior center Joshua Smith‘s layup just 20 seconds into the game. Behind 62 percent shooting in the first half, the Hoyas entered halftime with a commanding 40-17 halftime lead. Although the Hoyas were certainly clicking on the offensive end, the Tigers did not help themselves either by shooting a measly 24 percent from the floor in the first half. Although both teams played more evenly in the second half, the Georgetown lead, which grew to as many as 35 points midway through the second half, was insurmountable for Towson, who went 0-for-12 from three-point range in the game. A fast start, which has eluded the Hoyas as of late against inferior non-conference foes, was a focal point for the Hoyas entering the matchup.
“I think… we just wanted to come out and be aggressive,” said Smith-Rivera. “Coming off of two losses we wanted to be the aggressor and come out and get a win more than anything.”
As the Halftime staff comes back to a chilly campus after some turkey, they keep us warm with some tips on fighting the cold winter blues with exercise and sports insights!
Although Vox finds it very hard to have any ambition to exercise when the snow starts replacing the leaves on the trees in the winter, she appreciated Lara Fishbane’s insights on how to enjoy winter runs and fight the urge to choose Netflix over exercise.
By the time I was three blocks away from my Henle, I was ready to turn around and call it quits. I should have worn two shirts … and gloves … and one of those cool headbands that cover your ears, I think. But, I calmly remind myself that the first few minutes of running are always the hardest and find the strength to keep going.
In the age of computer generated systems that have changed the dynamics of stats and rankings, Jay Benjamin explains the controversy of the metric “Game Control,” which ranks college football teams based on the degree of how they won their games.
The use of game control has raised many questions since the rankings’ unveiling: Why is Game Control just being mentioned now, in the third week of the committee’s rankings? Why do results in the first and second quarter matter if a team wins games? And why is undefeated Marshall, undoubtedly the nation’s game-controllingest team, with an average margin of victory of over 30 points per game, excluded from the top 25?