Saturday, January 15, 2011

Freeman glides the Hoyas back on course in 74-65 win over the Scarlet Knights

The Hoyas (13-5  2-4), are alive and well.  Hoyanation and friends, I have to say it again, the Hoyas are ALIVE again.  “It’s really good to have these guys back,” Georgetown coach John Thompson III said. “If we could have won and they still be in their shooting slump, I would take that. But we need these guys to play well for us. That’s not to say we don’t have other options, but we went through a stretch where they were all out of sync.”


Behind Hoya senior Austin Freeman's (25 pts.), 18 in the second half the Hoyas got back on course after losing two straight Big East games in a row at home.   Freeman was 6-12 from the field and had 9 rebounds, 4 assists. Freeman took the game at about the 12:34 mark in the second half. “I’m just happy to be making shots,” said Freeman, who had 18 points in the second half, including a stretch where he scored 11 straight points for Georgetown.  “I just wanted to stay aggressive and stay within our offense.” 

Freeman said he heard suggestions and criticisms from a number of people during the slump. He smiled and said none of the advice really mattered.  “People always have something to say,” he said. “You just keep playing. That’s about it.”

 Chris Wright added 15 points for Georgetown, and Jason Clark had 13.  Georgetown shot well from the free throw line (17-19 @ 89.5%).  The Hoyas shot 50% from 3 point range, and shot 23-48 in field goals @ 47.9%.   The Hoyas were outrebounded by the Scarlet Knights 28-25 and also in assists (14-9).  

Hoyanation and friends the Hoyas kept the faith, believed and fought hard with a "great sense of urgency".  After all the negativity feedback they've been getting they could've put their heads down, but they didn't.  All the Hoyas needed was "encouragement"  perhaps in their darkest moments on the court especially from Hoyanation and friends. 

The Georgetown players looked at each other and made the decision to move forward in a positive way for the remainder of the season step by step, one game at a time.  I guess you could say this was a jumpstart in starting all over, and it was well needed.  

The Hoya unit had to start somewhere, so why not start today.  This game seemed tough for the Hoyas in the first half with the Hoyas shooting too many 3's @ 3-10 (30%) 12-26 fgs 46.2%, but regained their focus in the second half and shot well.  You hear folks saying the Hoyas should win this game, that game because these teams aren't that good, well I'm here to tell you all that is bologne. 

This is the Big East, and it's considered the best, toughest conference in D1 basketball, and on any given night you can get beat.  The coaching and the teams are good to great.  According to Coach Thompson III, I am Georgetown's #1 fan, it's kind of fun to watch my Hoyas stumble and get back up and brush them selves off and move on.  After all this is still the "Hoya Dream Season" and this is what dreams are made of.  Great comeback stories.  The Hoyas make "All Things Go"!  


The Hoyas played and the coaches coached with a "great sense of urgency"


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