TOUGHER THAN LEATHER
Legendary John McLendon an advisor to the inventor of basketball James NaismithBook called "Breaking Through"
This game was everything I thought it would be from start to finish in the John McLendon Classic. Oh, what a thriller! The Hoyas win on the road in a very tough, hostile environment in overtime 111-102. These two teams had so much to play for and both teams proved it. I would really like to thank Coach Thompson and staff for scheduling these tough non-conference games. This was the biggest test for the Hoyas (7-0) against the Missouri Tigers (6-1). The Hoyas came out the gates fast with good leads, but by the half the Tigers closed in the on the Hoyas 54-47. Austin Freeman had the hot hand early on once again leading his team in scoring with 31 points in this affair.
The kid from Missouri, Marcus Denmon, (27 pts.) kept the Tigers in the game. He was 6 for 7 and missed only one of five from beyond the arc in the first half. "It felt like eventually they would stop making shots because we were out there rotating and we were playing really hard," Denmon said. "Give credit to Georgetown because they made shots. It was early when we got down, and we stayed the course and worked hard and finally chipped the lead away and took the lead. I felt we had the game in control, but at the end you have to finish games with defense and free throws."
Denmon and his teammates were tough, and I really tip my hat to their team. The Missouri Tigers are a great team and will be a force in the Big 12 Conference.
The Hoyas made all of their free throws (18-18). As they say, free throws wins championships. Once again, Chris Wright (21 pts.), lead his team in double digit assists (10) and was (9-9) from the free throw line. Wright so saved the day, by hitting the big money shot with (0.3) seconds left in regulation to send the game to overtime. Wright took a quick look at the small Georgetown fan section at the Sprint Center, flexed his arms and was embraced by a group of teammates. “They had some guys right up on me, it was a tough shot.” Wright said. Asked if he had ever hit a bigger shot than the one that forced OT, he simply said “Nawwwwww
Jason "Smooth" Clark knocking a big 3 in overtime, he had 26 points in overtime win
"Georgetown struck the biggest blow early, down 18, but our guys just scratched and clawed and got the game to seven points at halftime," Missouri coach Mike Anderson said. "They shot the ball unbelievable. Anytime you go 18 for 18 from the free throw line and you've got to go to overtime to win, that tells you a little bit about our basketball team."
QUOTES FROM COACH JOHN THOMPSON III:
"I think we accomplished everything we wanted to tonight," Georgetown coach John Thompson III said. "This is a very good win against a good, well-coached team. You have to be prepared and attentive for 40 or 45 minutes because if you start to relax and make mistakes, they will take advantage at both ends of the court. A lot is made of Missouri's press, but their halfcourt defense is just as effective if not more effective. We got down late in the game, but our players showed great poise."
“They’re tough,” Georgetown coach John Thompson said. “They’re physical like a Big East team. There very similar to teams in our conference in that they can hurt you both offensively and defensively. More specifically, the motion that they use is really similar to some teams that we’ll see.”
Senior Chris Wright after he hit the big money shot to propel his team to overtime
Wright doing it the right way gliding past Missouri defender in overtime win
Senior Austin Freeman's 31 points were a big lift for the Hoyas
Freshman Hoya Nate Lubick diving for loose ball against Missouri player
Hoya Austin Freeman pushing the rock 11/30/10
Hoya hero Chris Wright goes up and under on Tiger defender
Hoya hero #2 Jason Clark dives for loose ball against Tiger defender
Jason Clark takes smart charge on Missouri player going up for two
Missouri player Kim English looking dejected in Missouri's 111-102 loss against the mighty Hoyas. This young man should lift his head up, he has nothing to hold his down for, and I'm sure his coach told him and teammates what a "great" his Missouri Tigers played againts a "great" team The Might Hoyas!!!
HOYANATON AND FRIENDS THERE'S THIS ONE SONG I KEEP HEARING IN MY HEAD, BAD BY MICHEAL JACKSON. THEM HOYAS ARE BAD AND THEY KNOW IT! HAHAHA
HOYAS ARE BAD AND THEY KNOW IT!
WE ARE GEORGETOWN