Saturday, February 19, 2011

The Hoyas escape the HEAT, refocus and rebound for the win against South Florida 61-55

Excellent aggressive drive to tbe basket by Hollis "Hollywood" Thompson
Right when we needed it!  What Rocks!

Lift Your Leg Up LOL!

I figured this game would be a close one until the end.  The Hoyas (21-6  10-5) came out sluggish but managed to keep the game close against South Florida (8-20  2-13).  South Florida was very hungry for a home win.  Their previous game wasa road game against Pitt.  The Bulls played close with the highest-ranked team they have played yet, a Pitt team it beat in Tampa last season, so I knew this game against South Florida would be no different.  Most teams that are unfortunate early on during the season normally play better near the seasons end, and South Florida is one of those teams.  Just when it seemed like the Hoyas would blow the Bulls out they came right back making by good plays on both ends of the court.  They hung around and would not go away.

"It's tough when you're not able to pull one out," Heath said. "I think our guys recognize that even though our record looks like we're a bad team, we're not what our record indicates. We're going to fight you. We're going to battle. And at some point in time, it's going to pay off. We're going to turn the corner and be on the other end of the four- or five-point games."

Senior point guard Chris Wright (26 pts.), a season-high kept his team in the game throughout. Although the Hoyas are team oriented, Wright was the one to make it happen tonight for the Hoyas.  His energy and determination was well felt tonight.  He made all six free throws with 29.7 to go in the game.  I can imagine how Hoyanation felt.  Losing to UConn earlier during the week Wright clearly wanted this game, and put his team on his shoulders and marched them to victory.  He is indeed a true warrior.  Jason Clark was the only other Georgetown player in double figures with 10 points, including a layup that gave the Hoyas their biggest lead of the night, 49-38, with 6:40 remaining. Georgetown was 11 of 12 from the foul line, with Wright making all eight of his attempts.  This is a another step in the Wright direction this team that can go very far in the NCAA's 

"With the exception of Notre Dame, every game has been just like this," Hoyas coach John Thompson III said.  "Every game has been close. They've been in it, they've been up, down by a short margin. As a coach, you worry and try to express that to your team.  Every game has been literally just like this. What it is (that's kept the Bulls from winning) … I'm not equipped to answer that.  I'm just glad we turned out on the side we did."




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