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Georgetown Falls in Overtime on the Road

Freshman forward Paul White flashed to the high post and senior center Josh Smith planted himself on the low block as Georgetown (10-5, 2-2 Big East)  trailed by one in the final minute in Providence (13-4, 3-1 Big East), but neither one was given the opportunity to give the Hoyas a precious lead. Instead, Georgetown’s guards passed the ball around the perimeter, failing to pierce the Friars’ zone defense before junior guard and co-captain D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera’s three point attempt from 30 feet out hit nothing as the shot clock violation horn sounded.

Thanks to transition buckets and offensive rebounding, the Hoyas were able to come back in the second half and force overtime, but the lack of offensive fluidity against the Providence zone proved lethal as Georgetown fell 60-57, its second conference loss on the road this season in as many attempts.

The Hoyas started the game flat and found themselves trailing 7-3 after four turnovers and two missed layups in the first four minutes. Head Coach John Thompson III calmed the storm at the under-16 timeout, however, and freshman forward L.J. Peak, who finished the game with six points on three for ten shooting, dunked to tie the game at nine with 12 minutes to play in the first half. Then, Thompson III paired his veteran leaders Smith and Smith-Rivera with freshman Peak, White, and forward Isaac Copeland in an effort to solve Providence’s zone, but the Hoyas could not find offensive rhythm at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. Continue reading

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Georgetown Adds Louisville Transfer

The underclassmen on the Georgetown men’s basketball team received a boost on Wednesday when former Louisville power forward Akoy Agau announced that he would be transferring to the Hilltop. Even in the midst of a hectic conference schedule, Head Coach John Thompson III takes time to turn his attention to the more distant future of his program as he brings in the six-foot eight-inch, 230-pounder to help fill the void that will be left by the graduation of center Mikael Hopkins and center Josh Smith come May.

Agau left Louisville this December during the fall semester of his sophomore year so he should be eligible to play for the Hoyas for two and a half seasons starting in the spring semester of 2016. The Omaha, Neb., native found himself stuck behind a talented front court at Louisville and starved for playing time; he only made three appearances this season for a total off 11 minutes that were all in blowout victories over non-conference opponents. As a freshman a season ago, Agau averaged .9 points and 1.1 rebounds in 5 minutes per game.

Despite being unable to carve out a spot in the Louisville rotation, Agau should have every opportunity to earn playing time while in Blue and Gray if he can prove his worth on the glass. Smith, Hopkins, senior guard and co-captain Jabril Trawick, and junior guard and co-captain D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera pull down 58% of the Hoyas rebounds this season, and Smith-Rivera is the only one with a chance to be around to play with the transfer next spring.

While the class of 2018, which Agau would be joining, has certainly proven talented and deep in the early going, the group lacks an inside presence. The unproven center Bradley Hayes will be a senior next season, and he will be joined in the front court by 4-star recruit Jessie Govan, who ESPN rates as the 10th best center in the class of 2019.

Each player fits into John Thompson III’s system differently, but it appears as though Agau would be assuming the Center/Forward combo role that is currently occupied by Mikael Hopkins. He does not have the size to be a true center, but if Agau can prove himself adequately coachable, there will be minutes available the Hoyas’ frontcourt. Current Sophomore Reggie Cameron (6’7” 223) and freshmen Issac Copeland (6’9” 220 lbs) and Paul White (6’8” 220 lbs) are similar in size, but the trio has spent most of their young Georgetown careers guarding smaller players on the perimeter.

Akoy Agau left Louisville in search of playing time, if he can rebound, block shots and defend in the low post, he’ll find what he is looking for in D.C.

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Three Stars: Rosenberry Leads Dominant D

The Georgetown Football team was lit up under the lights of Multi-Sport Field Saturday night in a 43-23 rout. Fortunately the men’s and women’s soccer teams combined to go 3-0 over the weekend, carrying their respective weights during a weekend in which stars from the men’s team, the volleyball team and the cross country team grabbed headlines.

Right back Keegan Rosenberry

Rosenberry was deservedly named Big East Defensive Player of the week after he was instrumental in the men’s soccer team keeping two clean sheets over the weekend. Georgetown won a pair of 1-0 games, so the defense had no room for error against the Dukes of Duquesne and James Madison. Through six games, the team’s stout defense has dominated their opponents and only allowed three goals. Continue reading

Hoyas in the Pros: Updates on Every Alum Playing in a Pro League

Roy Hibbert, Indiana Pacers – 11.9 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.6 blocks

The Knickerbockers have taken a two-game lead over Hibbert and the Pacers for the No. 2 seed in the East which means that a match-up with either Atlanta or Chicago is Indiana’s likely first-round draw. Last Saturday, Roy marked his return to Verizon Center with 25 points and 10 rebounds, but the Wizards (who would maybe be in the playoffs if John Wall had been healthy all year) beat down Indiana, 104-85. There are three games left in the regular season for the Pacers, including a huge trip to Madison Square Garden on Sunday. A win would put the Pacers a game back of New York with just a trip to Boston and a meeting with Philadelphia at home remaining. New York closes out in Charlotte and at home to Atlanta. It doesn’t really matter though, as nobody from the East will beat El Heat.

Greg Monroe, Detroit Pistons, 16.0 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists

At 27-52, the Pistons are tied for the fifth worst record in the league; however Monroe continues to perform well as the 22-year-old is one of the league’s most promising youngsters. With the help of an improved Andre Drummond, a lottery pick and a proven veteran free agent, I fully expect that Monroe could average 20 points and 12 boards within the next few seasons. Drummond had a career high 29 points and Monroe had 23 himself in Detroit’s 111-104 victory over Cleveland this past Wednesday. Surround these two post presences with some shooters and Detroit isn’t going to struggle to find offense. If you are a fan of NBA games that really don’t matter, the Pistons host the Bobcats tonight at 7:30.

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Men’s Lacrosse Big East Power Rankings: Villanova Undefeated in Conference Play

1. Villanova (4-6, 3-0)

All six of the Wildcats’ losses have come to ranked teams, but they’ve been perfect through their conference schedule with victories over Syracuse, Georgetown and Rutgers. Senior attack Jack Rice has an impressive 20 goals through the team’s first 10 games.

2. No. 4 Notre Dame (8-2, 2-1)

The Irish should be undefeated, but they are only 2-2 at home with losses to unranked Hofstra and St. John’s. Notre Dame has one of the best goalies in the country in senior John Kemp, and freshman attack Matt Kavanagh is leading the team in scoring with 19 goals and 10 assists. The Fighting Irish close out the regular season with the Hoyas, the Wildcats and the Orange.

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Hoyas in the Pros: Hibbert, Green Catching Fire Late in Season

Roy Hibbert, Indiana Pacers – 11.6 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.6 blocks

Roy had a big week since our last post, notching 20 points and seven rebounds in a 112-104 win over the Suns in the desert before posting 26 and 10 in an impressive 109-106 over the best team in Los Angeles, the Clippers. Unfortunately for Indiana, the Knickerbockers are blazing hot right now with 10 straight wins and have overtaken the second seed in the East. Hibbert is third in the NBA in blocks behind Serge Ibaka and Larry Saunders.

Greg Monroe, Detroit Pistons – 16 points, 9.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.3 steals                

A reoccurring theme of this blog has been that Greg Monroe is a great player, but his team is just terrible. Monroe averaged 22 points and just over 10 boards per game over the past week as the Pistons went 1-2 with losses to Boston and Chicago. Detroit has the fifth-worst record in the league, so the right pick should presumably translate into more wins next year. Maybe Otto will go to the Pistons and the best Hoyas to leave after their sophomore year since Iverson can reign terror on the Eastern Conference.

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