March looms for local basketball teams

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.

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