BB&T Classic: great triple header; Nats sign Werth; Skins, Caps and Wizards disappoint

The 16th annual BB&T was on Sunday, Dec 15 at the Verizon Center featuring three NCAA men’s basketball games in a triple-header. The first game was between the University of Florida and American University. Florida defeated AU, 67-48. YDC asked AU head coach Jeff Jones about playing in the larger arena versus the smaller Bender Arena on the AU campus. Jones replied, “No. We could have come over this morning and shot around, I think our time was 7:00 a.m. To change our schedule around that much for 45 minutes of shooting didn’t make sense. So we got over here early, got on the court as early as we could. To be quite honest, I thought we shot the ball pretty well. In general, we got good shots for the most part when we weren’t turning it over. Sometimes they go and sometimes they don’t. But I don’t think it’s because we played in a bigger arena.”

Game two featured two local schools as the George Washington Colonials faced the U.S. Naval Academy. The final score of the game was Navy defeating GW, 64-57. GW came close to tying it up before the half and looked to take the lead in the second half, but Navy took control of the game and never gave up the lead. 

Game three, the game of the tournament, featured Temple University and the University of Maryland. The Terps were down most of the game, but four non-starting replacement players found their way to cut the lead to two late in the second half. They managed to tie it, but then Temple scored with a foul shot for a three-point lead. The final score of the game was Temple, 64, Terps, 61.

The Washington Nationals achieved breaking news on Sunday as they signed Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Jayson Werth to a seven-year $126 million contract.

The Washington Redskins fell to 5-7 on the season as they lost to NFC East opponent the New York Giants. They lost 31-7 at New Meadowlands Stadium. Next Sunday, the Skins face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at 1:00 p.m. at FedEx Field.

After losing to Dallas on the road, the Washington Capitals looked to get back to winning ways Saturday night at Verizon Center but fell in the final meeting of the season to South East Division opponent, the Atlanta Thrashers, 3-1.

Lastly, The Washington Wizards looked to go two in a row after defeating the Portland Trailblazers Friday. For Fridays’ game, it was John Wall bobble head night for the first 10,000 fans. The Wizards looked for that second consecutive win on the road against the Phoenix Suns, but lost their tenth road game of the season. They have not won on the road yet this season.

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