Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Hoyas turn the tide of the Greenwave back to the Bluewave in impressive debut on the homefront


In the Hoya Dream Season, the Hoyas (2-0)  defeated the Tulane Greenwave (1-1) in a blowout fashion 69-53 tonight at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. with 10,031 in attendance.  Hoyanation and friends, when the game started it was like letting the horses out of the gate, "and they're off."  Early on Austin Freeman (23 pts.) was in the lead with the hot hand early with barrages of  three pointers coming from everywhere, lol.  Jason Clark (17 pts.) was pulling up to second place in the derby race.  Chris Wright did played a steady game at the point guard dishing out 8 assists and had 7 points. “My role is bigger than just scoring the ball,” he said. “I have to get people involved, and Jason was shooting the ball well and Austin was shooting the ball well, so you have to keep getting them the ball. If I hit a shot every now and then, that would be pretty cool.”

Jason Clark, had a career high 11 rebounds and a silky smooth 17 points and 5 steals (watch your pockets on the court because Jason will definitely pick the ball from you, lol) on another steady night with a heavy heart after his grandmother's passing earlier on Monday.  "I think the biggest decision was speaking to her over the last couple of weeks. She wanted me to stay at school.  My grandmother wanted me to keep playing basketball,” Clark said. “She said when this day comes, she wanted me to continue, so I knew she would want me to play today.”

The Hoyas shot 29 three pointers and only made 12.  I thought they took too many three point shots.  I came home and was watching ESPN and Jay Bilas was talking and said, "the Hoyas only went to the line 10 time and only made 5 out of 10 free throws, and they're going to have to remedy that."  He was right on point with that statement.  "The Hoyas are not going to able to get away with this once Big East play starts,"  said Digger Phelps. 

I think the Hoyas know this and are working on it to make adjustments in the near future.  I guess this is what some of  these games are for to make those adjustments.  "There was a stretch there where I told them, ‘We’re taking too many,’ but then I thought about it and Tulane made a concerted effort; that’s what they were going to give us,” Thompson said. “They clogged everything up when we threw it down and said, ‘We’re going to let you take shots and see if you can make them.’ I’m comfortable with that because I think we have guys that can make them.”

Vee Sanford's play off of the bench was outstanding.  Vee made a move and finish that wooo'd the crowd in spectacular fashion and he ended up with 10 points, 1 rebound and 1 assist. 

Henry Sims was the man in the middle tonight due to Julian Vaughn not be able to play due to an illness. Henry started the game and did really well altering shots, rebounding, showing leadership in communicating and had 2 points, 2 assists and 5 rebounds. It was the little things that Sims did to add up to the big picture. His presence was definitely felt out there on the court tonight. Nate Lubick 3 rebounds and great defene, Jerrelle Benimon 3 rebounds, and tough defense helped out in the post coming off of the bench with steady play.  Hollis Thompson's 8 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal and 1 block and aggressive play were very helpful in a winning manner.

Senior Austin Freeman goes up to make a pass against a Tulane defender

Junior Henry Sims doing yoeman's job in the paint agasint the Greenwave

Senior Austin Freeman, Freshman Moses Ayegba, and Sophomore Vee Sanford clapping it up near games end for their teammates in action

I enjoyed the game and it was an unforgettable night, a special night in Washington, D.C. at the Verizon Center to see the Hoyas in action and to see Hoyanation and friends.  Here are some photos I took from the game.  Enjoy!

Halftime score  34-22

Hoya student section hyping it up before tip off 11/15/10

Hoyas ready to start the second half 11/15/10

Hoyas student section already revved up during the game 11/15/10

Hoyas' Vee Sanford, Moses Ayegba, and Jason Clark looking and cheering on the teammates in win 11/15/10

Hoyas in the huddle



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