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Bowen Dunks Down Highlanders

Georgetown’s men’s basketball team (6-3) cruised past Radford (5-4) on Saturday afternoon at the Verizon Center, rebounding from a difficult loss to Kansas. Senior forward Aaron Bowen recorded a career-high 16 points, leading the 11 different Hoyas who scored.

The Hoyas started slow, as senior center Joshua Smith was charged with two offensive fouls in the early going.  Radford junior forward Kion Brown’s layup gave the Highlanders an 11-9 lead. However, the Hoyas then went on an extended 41-9 run, showing their superior athleticism and skill. The outcome was never in doubt in the second half, as Head Coach John Thompson III was able to give each of the 14 players on the Georgetown roster playing time during the second half.

Radford entered the game coming off of a shocking road win over Virginia Tech (4-4), which was one of the biggest wins in program history. However, the Highlanders were never able to gain significant momentum against a stout Hoyas defense. Radford only made three of its 11 three-point attempts, and had several of its layup attempts blocked by the Hoya defense. Senior forward Mikael Hopkins provided a strong defensive performance, recording five rebounds and two steals while blocking two shots.  In addition, the Hoyas’ pressure defense on the perimeter caused 17 turnovers, many of which led to easy transition baskets for the Georgetown offense.

Junior guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera had another slow game, recording nine points while making only one of his nine field goal attempts. Smith-Rivera again missed a number of shots that he would , and should, make, and struggled to find an offensive rhythm. However, he did make a concerted effort to take the ball to the basket, drawing several fouls and converting all six of his foul shots. Smith also had a quiet day, scoring only six points, as he was slowed by his early foul trouble.

The Hoyas’ role players were able to pick up the slack, as the Georgetown bench scored a whopping 42 points. Bowen delivered an electric performance, making eight of his nine field goal attempts, including several explosive dunks. Early in the second half, Smith-Rivera came away with a steal, and tossed the ball down the court to a wide-open Bowen, who went up for a spectacular 360 dunk. Bowen’s effort was merely the highlight of a number of athletic plays by the Hoyas, who recorded eight dunks as a team.

Freshman forward Paul White added 12 points off the bench, converting two of his three long-range attempts. White has made seven three-pointers in his last three games, displaying his increasing confidence as a shooter, and the freshman will look to continue to carve out an important role in Thompson’s rotation.

The Hoyas return to action next Saturday against Charlotte (4-4) at the Verizon Center. The game will feature the debut of Georgetown’s new “student-for-a-day” promotion in an attempt to fill the vacated student section during winter break.

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Upset Bid Shot Down From Beyond the Arc

NATE MOULTON/THE HOYA L.J. Peak (left) and Smith (right) in tonight's disappointing game.

NATE MOULTON/THE HOYA

After a hard-fought battle, Georgetown’s men’s basketball team (5-3) suffered a disappointing defeat to a talented Kansas team (7-1).  The Hoyas were led by senior center Josh Smith, who dominated the low post for a game-high 20 points and five rebounds. Freshman forward L.J. Peak added 18 points, many of them of the spectacular variety.

No. 10 Kansas was led by sophomore guard Brannen Greene, who made all five of his three-point attempts en route to a career-high 19 points. Sophomore guard Frank Mason III added 14 points, and junior forward Perry Ellis recorded a double-double with 13 points and ten rebounds.

Kansas jumped out to an early lead, eventually stretching it to 28-15 after a free-throw from freshman guard Devonte’ Graham.  However, the Hoyas then countered with a furious 15-1 run, highlighted by a highlight-reel play from Peak.  With the Hoyas down six points at 29-23, Peak rose up for a three-point shot, absorbed a foul from Greene, and converted the shot off the glass, sending the Georgetown student section into a frenzy.

The Hoyas eventually gained a 30-29 lead after a Peak layup, but Kansas was able to reclaim the lead at 34-32 entering halftime. The second half was a back-and-forth affair, as neither team was able to pull away. However, Kansas’s three-point shooting gave them a decided advantage.  The Jayhawks made 10 of their 17 long-range attempts (58.8 percent), while the Hoyas converted only 5 of their 16 three-pointers (31.3 percent).

Greene played a critical role for Kansas in the second half, at one point making three consecutive three-pointers in a two-minute stretch to give his team a 51-47 lead. The Hoyas fought back, eventually tying the game at 61 on another Peak three-pointer, but Kansas once again responded, as Greene made yet another three to give his team a 68-63 lead. After a few key turnovers down the stretch, Georgetown fell just short in its upset bid.

Smith’s performance was a bright spot for the Hoyas. Kansas was unable to contain Smith in one-on-one low-post situations, and were forced to send double-teams to try to slow the Georgetown big man. The increased defensive pressure forced Smith to commit five turnovers, including one critical mistake late in the game, but his errors were more than offset by his dominant offensive performance. Smith brought the house down with a number of thunderous dunks, showing his improved conditioning and energy level.

Peak was another bright spot, as he repeatedly attacked the rim with reckless abandon, usually with positive results. He made a number of big shots that helped the Hoyas keep pace with the Jayhawks, but ultimately his efforts fell short.

Georgetown’s normally steady junior guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera submitted an uncharacteristically poor offensive performance, missing 12 of his 15 shots. Smith-Rivera missed a number of open shots that he would normally make, and failed to find a rhythm throughout the night. He did record ten rebounds and six assists, but was unable to provide the scoring that Georgetown needed, particularly late in the game.

Although the Hoyas have fallen short in three of their last four games, they have shown that they have the ability to compete with the best teams in the country. As the team continues to gain experience, they should improve, and the team has the potential for a successful Big East conference season and a possible postseason run. Still, it’s hard not to be disappointed with the team’s late-game execution, as they once again fell on the short end of a close, hard-fought game.

Georgetown will return to action at the Verizon Center on Saturday at 12 p.m. against Radford.

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Hoyas Make a Statement With ‘I Can’t Breathe’ T-shirts

Members of the Georgetown men’s basketball sported “I can’t breathe” T-shirts during warm-up for tonight’s game against No. 10 Kansas. In doing so, the team became the first in college basketball to make a statement on the recent grand jury decision in Staten Island, N.Y.

Protests have erupted nationwide following grand jury decisions in Ferguson, Mo., and Staten Island to not indict white police officers in the killings of unarmed black men. In video of the incident in Staten Island, unarmed black man Eric Garner can be heard repeating “I can’t breathe” at least eight times. The phrase has since become a rally cry for protesters across the nation.

NFL and NBA athletes, including Reggie Bush and LeBron James, have sported “I can’t breathe” T-shirts during warmups, but Georgetown is the first college basketball team to do so.

Head Coach John Thompson III told The Hoya that a statement was a possibility after Sunday’s game against Towson.

Sports news organizations were quick to point out the Hoyas’ statement.

Georgetown students and administrators also showed support for the Hoyas.

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Towson No Match for Georgetown

Georgetown’s men’s basketball team [5-2] thoroughly outclassed an overmatched Towson team on Sunday afternoon at the Verizon Center, leading from start to finish en-route to a convincing 78-46 win. The Hoyas snapped a two-game losing streak and extended their undefeated home record to 4-0 this season.

The Hoyas received balanced scoring contributions from many of their rotation players. Junior guard and co-captain D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera led the team with 16 points, freshman forward Paul White added 14 and senior center Josh Smith finished with 12. Georgetown’s offense was very efficientmaking 56 percent of its field goal attempts, including 11 out of 22 three-pointers.

In addition, the Hoyas’ passing was much improved, as the team registered 18 assists on their 28 field goals, topping their season average of 12 assists per game. The team was particularly successful using backdoor cuts on offense, as they repeatedly gashed the Towson defense with precision off-ball movement.

Towson (7-2) played hard, but was unable to match up with a bigger and more athletic Georgetown squad. Junior guard Four McGlynn and sophomore forward John Davis led the Tigers with ten points apiece, but Towson’s lack of a true point guard showed itself, as the team recorded only three assists and 17 turnovers. Georgetown took advantage of the extra possessions, scoring 24 points off of those turnovers, as freshman forward L.J. Peak and senior guard ad co-captain Jabril Trawick were particularly effective in transition. Continue reading

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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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