GW shines in Atlantic 10 play, G’town fades in Big East, Caps continue winning ways at home

Wednesday, Jan. 5, the George Washington Colonials defeated La Salle 72-67 at the Charles E. Smith Center. The game opened Atlantic 10 play. Guard Tony Taylor led the Colonials with 28 points. After the game, YDC observed to victorious head coach Karl Hobbs that it looked like he was really animated out on the court. He replied, “Having the Mayor here put a little more pressure on me, I guess I was extremely nervous to have him and President Knapp and his wife there; and also Russ Ramsey, the President of our Board of Trustees. But I told them, `You’re putting a lot of pressure on me!’ But I always coach with a lot of passion and energy, and I don’t think tonight was too different.”
Mayor Vincent Gray, Washington, D.C.’s new leader, was on hand and came out to a round of applause during a time out. Look for my full story on Mayor Gray and his years as a basketball player for a GWU intramural team in the next print edition of Young D.C.
Saturday, Jan. 8, GW traveled to face St. Joseph’s in Philadelphia. GW won on the road with the 78-71. GW heads back home for two games: Fordham on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. and Harvard on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.
Also on Saturday, the Georgetown Hoyas lost to West Virginia, 59-65, and fell to 1-3 in Big East play at the Verizon Center. Jason Clark of the Hoyas was the team’s leading scorer with 16 points. Next up for the Hoyas is a critical Big East match up as they welcome Pittsburgh to the Verizon Center Wednesday with at 7:00 p.m. tip off. The game is scheduled to air live on ESPN.
The Washington Capitals won again at home facing the South East Division opponent the Florida Panthers. Alex Ovechkin netted his 15th goal of the season in the 3-2 victory at another sell out at the Verizon Center. The Caps now head on a two-game Florida road trip to face Southeast Division opponents the Panthers tomorrow night and the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday.

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