DSR’s 29 Not Enough as Georgetown Falls Just Short

A good loss is a rare event in sports. But as Georgetown found itself on the losing end of a 68-65 matchup with the No. 2 Wisconsin Badgers in the semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament Thursday, it seemed as though the Hoyas and their fans had just witnessed one of those elusive score-sheet defeats and moral victories.

The Badgers (6-0) are an incredibly talented team. Center Frank Kaminsky and forward Samuel Dekker both will have NBA careers and are returning as a group of four starters from last year’s Final Four run. The fact that Georgetown not only kept the game close, but also was winning for much of the day, by as much as nine at one point in the second half, is an incredibly encouraging sign. And, of course, junior guard and co-captain D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera’s huge night less than 24 hours after leading the Hoyas over the No. 18 Florida Gators established a true veteran star on a roster full of freshman and senior talent. Georgetown may not be undefeated anymore, but it might just be a better team than it was Thursday morning.

The Butler Bulldogs are up next in the third place game. The conference rivals took down No. 5 North Carolina in the opening round of the tournament but could not overcome Oklahoma in the semifinals. Friday will be the first of three games between Butler (4-1) and Georgetown (4-1) this year and will feature two of the teams leading the charge in a torrid start for the much maligned Big East this season. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. on ESPN.

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Hoya Hoops Report Episode 1: Early Season Breakdown

Peter Barston and Tom Schnoor are back with the second season of the Hoya Hoops Report. This week, they break down the Hoyas’ hot start in this young basketball season.

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Smith-Rivera Leads Hoyas Past Gators in OT

A shot with 3.4 seconds left in overtime by exactly the player you would expect, junior guard and co-captain D’Vaunes Smith-Rivera, gave the Hoyas a 66-65 lead over the No. 18 Florida Gators (2-2) Wednesday night in a matchup in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament quarterfinals in the Bahamas. It would also give Georgetown, which moves to 4-0 on the season, a win over a ranked team to add to its resume.

A hectic final minute of overtime fit the tone of the rest of the game, with lead changes and clutch three-pointers coming every few seconds. After Florida took the lead with a three-point play with just over 11 seconds left, Georgetown took the ball up the court for its final possession. Freshman forward Paul White found Smith-Rivera, who created space for himself at the top of the arc and took the game-winning shot.

This matchup against an injury depleted Gators squad seemed winnable for the Hoyas, who entered the game with three emphatic victories over minor opponents. The close win proved that the team could play with, and beat, the big names as well.

Smith-Rivera is the clear pick for the standout player of the game. He finished with 7-14 from the field, good for 17 points, three assists and, of course, the game winning shot in a pressure-packed situation. It was a breakout performance for the junior guard, who had not had the production many had expected out of him entering the season. After Wednesday, however, Hoya fans can rest easy knowing that DSR can still carry the team.

Solid, but not great, performances from the players surrounding Smith-Rivera also helped Georgetown overcome Florida. White and senior guard and co-captain Jabril Trawick had 10 points each, and senior center Josh Smith, freshman forward L. J. Peak and senior forward Mikael Hopkins all added eight points apiece.  White played 35 minutes and also recorded five rebounds, all on defense, and three steals.

Next up for Georgetown is No. 2 Wisconsin (5-0). While the Hoyas and the Gators were locked in a neck-and-neck game Wednesday, the Badgers cruised past the University of Alabama-Birmingham 72-43. The Blue and Gray will need a second straight win over a ranked team, this time against one of the very best in the nation, to reach the tournament’s championship game. The Georgetown-Wisconsin semifinal will tip off at 3:30 on Thanksgiving Day. It will be televised on ESPN.

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Dramatic Win Sets Up Return of Syracuse Rivalry

The rivalry between Georgetown and Syracuse was the highlight of sports on the Hilltop until it fell victim to the reshuffling of the Big East and ACC. On Sunday, however, the two teams will meet a year ahead of the 2015-2016 season, when the rivalry was due to return. The Hoyas and the Orangemen will face off not on the court, but on the pitch in the third round of the NCAA men’s soccer tournament on Shaw Field at 1 p.m.

No. 11 Georgetown (13-4-4, 6-2-1 Big East) needed a true last second goal from freshman midfielder Arun Basuljevic to advance to the third round of the tournament. The Hoyas earned a first-round bye and played at home against the Old Dominion Monarchs (13-7-1).

In a physical game that showed there was no love lost between the two sides, Georgetown, at times, seemed like the superior team.  It allowed the Monarchs just three shots the entire game and had 19 of its own.  Nevertheless, a 26th minute own goal off of an Old Dominion corner kick put the away team in position for an upset victory.

Junior forward Brandon Allen levelled the game at 1-1 in the 74th minute in a second half that favored the home team, and Georgetown continued to create abundant offensive chances for the rest of the match. Despite this, the game ended at 1-1 and entered overtime. Over 19 minutes of overtime passed before the games’ next goal arrived.

The Hoyas earned a free kick with just a few ticks of the clock separating them and penalty kicks. They threw numbers forward, and Allen sent the kick into the box in a last ditch effort to earn the win. The ball ricocheted around the box before Basuljevic directed it to the left of the goalkeeper. The keeper dove and was in position to make the save, but the ball deflected and ended up in the other corner of the net. The game ended 2-1 in favor of Georgetown with seven seconds left on the clock.

No. 4 Syracuse (16-3-1, 5-2-1 ACC) is next up at Shaw Field. It defeated Pennsylvania State 2-1 Sunday, and has wins over No. 22 Virginia and No. 7 Clemson. It also has looked impressive on the stat sheet, averaging 1.8 goals a game while allowing on average one every two matches.  The Orangemen will certainly present a worthy challenge when they arrive at Shaw Field next Sunday

Check in at thehoya.com for a full game recap and preview of the Syracuse game.

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Broken Records and Top Four Finishes at Bucknell Invitational

The Georgetown swimming and diving team had an intense weekend, competing over three days at the Bucknell Invitational in Lewisburg, Pa. After 40 total events for both teams, the women finished in third place overall with 861 points, falling behind Bucknell University (1631 points) and Fordham University (1097.5 points). The men finished in fourth place overall with 709.5 total points, as Yale University took first place (1762 points), followed by Bucknell (1147 points) and La Salle University (1124.5 points).

Friday

The women ranked third out of eight teams while the men were fifth out of nine teams. Freshman Bailey Page, junior Erin Timochenko, freshman Kirsten Peterson and junior Erica Fabbri broke a Georgetown record for the women’s 200-yard freestyle quartet with a time of 1:34.94, putting the Hoyas in second place just behind the University of Delaware.

The men’s team finished fourth overall in the same event with sophomore Will Leach, freshman Chandler Hinson, senior Michael Young and junior Michael Smigelski with their 1:24.27 finish.

Sophomore Katie Duncalf, freshman Haley Owens, Fabbri and Page finished third in the women’s 400-yard medley relay with a time of 3:48.29, which also set a new Georgetown record.

With a time of 4:54.14, freshman Christine Ryan finished second in the women’s 500-yard freestyle, improving her preliminary time by two seconds.

In the men’s 50-yard freestyle, Leach finished fourth overall with a time of 21.03.

Sophomore Jared Cooper-Vespa finished fourth in the diving competition, scoring 290.20.

Saturday

The women held its third place spot and the men moved up to fourth place as sophomore Martin Vanin finished third in the men’s 100-yard butterfly with a time of 49.69 and sophomore David Chung finished in seventh place.

The Hoyas’ first victory of the weekend was a strong performance by Page in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:51.05 as freshman Christine Ryan finished close behind Page with a third place finish and a time of 1:51.59.

Fabri finished fourth in the 100-yard butterfly, finishing in 56.32 while Peterson finished eighth. The women had 553.5 points entering Sunday’s final events, giving the team strong momentum.

Sunday

The men and women closed out the weekend with the same record they had following Saturday’s races. Freshman Madeline Quinn came in seventh overall in the 1650-yard freestyle while Page, Fabbri and Peterson placed second, fourth and seventh, respectively, in the 100-yard freestyle Group ‘A’ finals.

Freshman Molly Fitzpatrick finished third in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:20.23, and the men’s freestyle relay of Chung, Leach, Smigelski and Hinson came in fifth in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:07.20.

There will be a full recap of the meet on thehoya.com this week.

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Overtime Heartbreak Ends Tournament Run

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The Georgetown women’s soccer team (11-4-7, 6-0-3 Big East) lost a wild overtime game 4-3 to No. 13 Virginia Tech (15-5-0, 5-5-0 ACC) on Friday at Penn State, ending the Hoyas’ season in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

The match began poorly for Georgetown when the defense conceded a simple header goal off a corner 2 minutes and 27 seconds into the match.

But just six minutes later, senior midfielder Daphne Corboz curled a shot into the top corner to knot the game at 1.  Senior forward Audra Ayotte gave the Hoyas a 2-1 lead 15 minutes into the second half.

In the 80th minute, the game took a turn for the bizarre; within 30 seconds, Georgetown conceded a tying goal, scored to take the lead and then lost it again. Virginia Tech pressed for a winning goal in regulation, but could not find the back of the net until 30 seconds into overtime. Junior midfielder Ashley Meier scored the “golden goal” for the Hokies.

While a third consecutive NCAA second-round defeat was disappointing, Georgetown’s young defense certainly showed signs of improvement from early September’s 6-1 shellacking at Virginia Tech until the final ten minutes, when it was unable to stop the barrage of Hokie goals.Corboz, Ayotte and seven other seniors and graduate students played their final match in a Hoya uniform. While their presence will be missed, the team is returning three of its top four points leaders, so Georgetown fans will have plenty to look forward to when the 2015 season begins.

Photo: Chris Grivas/The Hoya

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