SHINING STAR HOYAS
EARTH, WIND & FIRE
As I entered the Verizon Center this evening I felt something special was going happen no matter how the game went. What I felt was a confident feeling. It was a feeling of knowing my Hoyas would play their hearts out to continue the "Hoya Dream Season" and they did just that. The Hoyas (17-5 6-4) are playing with a "sense of urgency" like never before.
I knew it would be a special evening as I was standing up at my seat and someone said, "excuse me", I said, "okay cool", and looked up and it was Hoya great Reggie Williams. He was sitting three seats from me, and I spoke with him about when I first saw him play. Reggie was 13 playing a Saturday morning game in our recreation center Herring Run in Baltimore City.
I told him he went down on the far end of the court smoothly shooting around and talking with his coach. I told a friend of mine, "man, that kid is gonna be special and go all the way to the NBA." Guess what, he did! Reggie also won the 1984 NCAA National Championship with the Georgetown Hoyas. Did you know that Reggie Williams play on "The High School Team Ever?" The "Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School Poets" with teammates that include the late Reggie Lewis, Muggsy Bogues, and former Hoya great David Wingate.
HOYA REGGIE WILLIAMS
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Moments later, other Hoya greats Gene Smith and Michael Graham arrived at the phone booth to see their Hoyas in action.
Now, back to the game! I think the Hoyas knew that had to guard the perimeter to the extreme and shut down the sophomore Cardinal point guard Peyton Siva and the rest would be history. The Cardinals have been shooting well from beyond the arc as of late. With Peyton Siva's play making abilities, he has been the catalyst behind setting up his teammates for those big shots they've been making. The Hoyas' defense started the game off on a great note. “They played excellent defense, they had a great scheme, and I didn’t make the adjustment until the second half. You have these nights. Everybody has these nights," said Louisville point guard Peyton Siva.
"Julian Vaughn set a great screen and I saw an open shot," Hollis Thompson said. "I wasn't really thinking about time and score." Looking at John Thompson, he added with a smile, "Maybe I should have."
Gliding past the White House from work to the Verizon Center (12 blocks)
HOYA STUDENTS GETTING IT IN
HOYAS STUDENTS CHEERING WITH HANDS UP FOR HOYA FOUL SHOOTER
HOYAS WARMING UP BEFORE THE 2ND HALF
EVERYBODY'S FAVORITE COLLEGE BASKETBALL ANALYSTS ESPN'S BILL RAFFERY
HOYAS UNITING FOR LAST TIMEOUT OF THE GAME AGAINST LOUISVILLE
WHO IS THE WORST DANCER ON THE TEAM?
ANSWER: JERRELLE BENIMON
HOYAS YOU ARE #1 IN OUR HEARTS