Archive for February, 2011

March looms for local basketball teams

Monday, February 28th, 2011

The Georgetown Hoyas lost its final home game of the season at the Verizon Center to the Syracuse Orange, 58-51. The Hoyas played in front of one of its largest home crowds of this season, as 20, 276 fans showed up. The Hoyas played without senior Chris Wright as he broke his hand during the Cincinnati game on Wednesday. The Hoyas shot 36 percent to the Orange’s 40.7. Senior Austin Freeman lead the Hoyas with 16 points. The Hoyas took 25 three-pointers during the game but only made three of them. After the game, Georgetown coach John Thompson III said, “When you play against that zone, you’re going to get them. That’s what they give you. We tried to figure out after the success we had up there what they were going to take away and they gave us shots. I’m sitting here now, and I have to go back and look, feeling that we got good shots. We still got it into the overload and kicked it out to the guys that were open. I don’t think there were a lot of contested threes. The ball just didn’t go in.”

Since this was the last home game of 2010-2011, the Hoyas celebrated senior night, saying good-by to Chris Wright, Ryan Dougherty and Austin Freeman. Their final game is Saturday as they travel to face the Cincinnati Bearcats. Then it is off to the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York.

The George Washington Colonials welcomed a top 25 opponent to the Charles E. Smith Center on Saturday. Temple, ranked 24 in the nation, defeated the Colonials 57-41. While the Colonials shot 44.4 percent in the first half, they only shot 18.8 percent in the second. GW was 1-11 from three point range, so after the game YDC asked Karl Hobbs about this stat. He said, “I wanted us to shoot layups. At the end, we were trying to get the best shot possible. I was hoping we’d get fouled, because it would allow the clock to stop and let us set up our pressure. But we wanted to try and get baskets any way we could.” GW has two regular season games left, facing Rhode Island on the road, and ending at home against Dayton.

Sportslog salutes local NCAA teams in the top 25: the women’s basketball teams of Maryland and Georgetown. Maryland’s ACC 9-5 conference success does take a backseat to its cousin 30 miles north: UMBC has a record of 13-3 in American East conference play. Venues for the first and second rounds of the NCAA Women’s Division I Championship include Comcast Center at College Park, Md. Time to get those tickets for March 20-22.

Hoyas and Wizards fans look to the future

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Wednesday night, 13, 241 fans were in attendance for the 9 p.m. Georgetown Hoyas-Cincinnati Bearcats game at the Verizon Center. With the score tied at 26 at the half, the Hoyas fell at home, 58-46. Austin Freeman led the Hoyas with 19 points. The Hoyas only shot 25 percent from the field during the game. Cincinnati shot 42 percent. During the game, Georgetown senior Chris Wright broke his hand. He had surgery Thursday morning.

Georgetown coach John Thompson III said that after Wright left the game, “I think we were out of sync. I don’t know that our intensity was down. I just thought we were out of sync. I thought we went through a phase where we started feeling sorry for ourselves, which we don’t need to do. We were just not in sync today.”

Georgetown’s final home game this season comes Saturday, Feb. 26, 12 noon, as the Hoyas welcome the Syracuse Orange to the Verizon Center. This game will be nationally televised on CBS.

The NBA trade deadline came and went Thursday.  As the Washington Wizards suffered a 117-94 road loss at Philadelphia Wednesday night, the team was in the middle of a five-player deal. The Wizards acquired veteran Mike Bibby, Maurice Evans, Jordan Crawford and a 2011 first-round draft pick from the Atlanta Hawks. The Wizards sent Kirk Hinrich and Anthony Armstrong to Atlanta. Next up, the Wizards try to get road win number two on the season as the team travels to take on the Miami Heat on Friday with a 7:30 tip-off. Game can be seen on ComcastSportsNet.

Victories for Hoyas, Colonials and Wizards

Monday, February 14th, 2011

The Georgetown Hoyas are rolling and are on an eight-game winning streak. After the win Sunday at the Verizon Center over the Marqutte Golden Eagles, the Hoyas are now 9-4 in Big East Play. After being down 35-31 at halftime, G’town had a much better second half and defeated Marqutte 69-60. YDC asked John Thompson III if he thought this game was a trap game in the Big East, “This was not a trap game, every team in the Big East is a good game.” he replied.
Austin Freeman who had 17 points on the afternoon left the game before the first half ended and came back late into second half due to an injury. Asked how he felt, Freeman said, “I got on the floor and somebody landed on my ankle. It rolled. I was just trying to get up and see if I can walk on it. I was in pain, but I played through it. It didn’t hurt as much while I was playing. I’m good. I told the trainer that I was going to play anyways so I just told her to tape me up and I just went back out there.”
Next up the Hoyas travel to face the UConn Huskies at 7:00 p.m. on MASN.

After the 69-65 loss against Richmond on Wednesday at the Charles E. Smith Center, the George Washington Colonials defeated Massachusetts Minutemen, 59-51 at the Mullins Center in Amherst, Mass. Nemanja Mikic lead the Colonials with 20 points. GW now travels to Philadelphia to face La Salle Saturday Feb. 19. at 7:00 p.m.

The Washington Wizards ended their 0-25 road losing streak Sunday winning against the Cleavland Cavaliers, 115-100. Wizards number one draft pick rookie John Wall got his first NBA road win. Wall scored 19 points. The Wizards look for two straight road wins as they travel to face the Orlando Magic.

Hoyas extend streak to five, Colonials lose and then win on the road, Caps dominate Penguins

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Entering Saturday’s game on a four-game winning streak, the Georgetown Hoyas defeated the Providence Friars 83-81 at the Verizon Center in front of 16, 289 fans. Those 16,000 plus witnessed the Friars’ Marshon Brooks drop 43 points on the Hoyas, which is fifth all time scoring in a Big East game. Austin Freeman led the Hoyas with 23 points. The Hoyas had a balanced scoring attack from their big three as Chris Wright had 16 points, and Jason Clark had 18. YDC asked Hoyas coach John Thompson III about this balanced attack from his big players. He said, “I think it was by nature, but we always battle as a team.” The Hoyas shot 46.2 percent from the field and 30.8 percent from three-point range. After going 8-15 in the first half, they went 0-11 in the second half from behind the arc.

After falling to Duquesne 84-59 on the road, the George Washington Colonials traveled to face Charlotte on Saturday, defeating the 49s, 73-67. In the game over Charlotte GW’s Tony Taylor led the team with 25 points. The Colonials return to the Charles E. Smith Center on Wednesday to they the Richmond Spiders.

This weekend the Washington Capitals had two huge games as on Friday they defeated the Southeast Division first place Tampa Bay Lighting 5-2. The Lighting lead the Caps by just two points for top spot in the division. After a huge win over the Lighting, the Caps faced the rival Pittsburgh Penguins–minus Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby. Malkin went down this week as he injured his ACL and MCL. Michal Neuvirth and the Caps shut out the Pens, 3-0. Brooks Laich, Marcus Johansson, and Mike Knuble scored the goals.

Hoyas continue Big East climb, Colonials win and head out of town, Wizards hexed on the road, Canadiens surprise Caps

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Two days after defeating Villanova 69-66, the Georgetown Hoyas returned to the Verizon Center Jan. 31 to face the Louisville Cardinals and defeated them 62-59. The game was aired on national television by ESPN. In a sloppy first half, the Hoyas shot 31 percent from the field. They came out with a much better second half as they shot 76.5 percent and a total of 47.8 percent for the game. YDC asked Hoya coach John Thompson III about the difference in shooting in the second half, “I think in the first half, particularly early in the game, we were getting good shots, they just weren’t going in. We were executing, we were getting good shots, the ball just wasn’t going in. That happens sometimes. In the second half it was going in.” Chris Wright was the Hoya’s leading scorer with 24 points, a season high. Georgetown is now 6-4 in the Big East and play at the Verizon Center with Providence on Saturday with a tip off at noon.
On Saturday, the George Washington Colonials defeated St. Louis 52-46 at the Charles E. Smith Center. Tony Taylor led the team with 19 points on the afternoon. GW now travels to face Atlantic 10 leader Duquesne and UNC/Charlotte, which is third from the bottom in the A-10. They return home next Wednesday to face the Richmond Spiders.
The Washington Wizards continue to lose on the road. They are 0-25 away from the Verizon Center. They fell 102-92 against the Dallas Mavericks Monday. Road win number one slipped away tonight as they lost against the New Orleans Hornets, 97-89.
The Washington Capitals returned home from the NHL All-Star game to face the Montreal Canadiens at the Verizon Center tonight and lost. At the All-Star break, the Caps had 27 wins, 15 losses plus 9 overtime losses. They now hold 64 points in the Southeast division. Currently the Caps are five points behind first place Tampa Bay the Southeast.