Saturday, March 6, 2010

Hoyas claw away the Bearcats in last regular season Big East game


The crowd chanted Austin Freeman, Austin Freeman, Austin Freeman.  Austin was unbelievable pouring in 24 points today and just think he had rests throughout the game, wow, now that's what I call "Faith in Adversity".   "I'm proud of him,"  teammate Greg Monroe said.  "It's so serious.  It's a life-changing thing that you find out, but once he was back on the court, he was the same.  Off the court, he was the same. He just took it all in stride."   "I'm fine, I'm fine," the soft-spoken Freeman said. "It was just good to be out there again to be playing with my teammates and just doing what I do.  It was just a lot of fun to be out there.  It was just the same."

Of course his teammates had his back as they always do with each other. The Hoyas know they are a "unit" 1 Family, with 1 Goal. Hoyanation and friends a great day for the Hoyas as they blow out the Cincinnati Bearcast in their last regular season Big East game in a home game at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. I knew it would a great day, and for some reason I knew Austin Freeman would play. It was good to see Austin's family after the game. His dad said, "he will be alright", and his family were jubliant as they always are win or lose. Everyone seemed to be in great spirits before and during the game. The atmosphere was just so amazing.

The Hoyas were in great rhythm and clicking on all cylinders. The guard play was fantastic and their defense was phenomenal. The Hoyas played this game with a sense of urgency especially going into the Big East postseason. The Hoya redemption dream season is just what it is. Dreams do come true and it gives me the honor and privilege to know this. It's a new season now! The Hoyas know this and will remain focused and determined throughout post season play one practice at a time, and one game at a time.

Monroe had 19 points and 15 rebounds, and Chris Wright had 16 points as Georgetown (20-9, 10-8 BE) finished in the top half of the 16-team Big East, avoiding the dreaded Tuesday game in a conference tournament that has been expanded to five days.  Coach Thompson called the week "emotional" and "trying" but expressed guarded confidence that his leading scorer was back to his old basketball self.  "As long as we can limit the sways in his levels, we're going to see a lot more games this year like that," the coach said.  The last two games, one of the key parts of what we do was not feeling good, " Coach Thompson said.  "So to go in there today, knowing he's going to be there, makes a big difference."

"The second half we got totally outplayed," Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin said.  "We struggled to make layups, we struggled to make free throws, struggled to make open shots.  Playing hard, focused and all that stuff, that's just talk. You've got to get the ball in the basket.  We play in the Big East.  We're not going to be able to just outhustle people.  That only goes so far."   "I'm not happy he came out and killed me today," Cronin said.  But I'm very happy for him that he's able to play and he's going to be healthy and have a great career, because he's a great player.

Photos from last regular season Big East game against the Cincinnati Bearcats 3.6.10

#4 Point Guard Chris Wright to the hoop for two 3.6.10

#21 Guard Jason Clark glides for two points with the up and under shot 3.6.10

#10 Greg Monroe schools Bearcat's Gates with the right hand baby hook shot for two points 3.6.10

#15 Austin Freeman on the move in Big East action against the Cincinnati Bearcats 3.6.10

#20 Jerelle Benimon defending Bearcat in Big East play 3.6.10




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