Sunday, November 27, 2011

IUPUI glides into D.C. for a meeting with the Hoyas

Hoyas (4-1) back in action at home against the IUPUI Jaguars (2-4) on Monday night. This is the second meeting ever for both teams with the first meeting in 1998 which the Hoyas won 72-60. Although the Jaguars record doesn't look  impressive they still continue to play hard. In the Jaguars last outing at home Summit League Preseason Player of the Year Alex Young pumped in a season-high 30 points. Very unselfish team dishing out 30 assists in last game against Texas South University. Jaguars shot the ball at 46.6% 27-58, also shot 3's at 42.3% 11-26.

Hoyas returning from the EA Maui Sports Invitational at (2-1) looking very impressive. Hoyas two senior Henry Sims (24 pts.) and Jason Clark (26 pts.) were impressive leading their team to a big win against #8 Memphis.  6-foot-8 junior Hollis Thompson (12 pts.) is also off to an impressive start, also averaging 13.4 points and 5.0 rebounds per game in his five starts. 

Freshman F Otto Porter (9 pts. 8 rebs. 3 assists 4 stls. 2 blks.) continues fill the stat sheet up for the Hoyas proven to the college basketball world what he can do.  Freshmen G Jabril Trawick
(4 pts.)  logged a productive 14 minutes especially on the defensive end - F Greg Whittington (4 pts. 2 rebs. 2 assists 2 steals in 23 mins.). Whittington had a big put back play to tie the game and send to overtime 78-78.

The mistakes near the end of the Kansas game didn't seem to appear in #Memphis win. "In the Kansas game, I told our guys we made mistakes coming down the stretch that we can control," Thompson said. "Tonight we made plays as opposed to making mistakes at key points, so hopefully that's growth for this group."

The Hoyas will be at the one game at a time mode playing with same "intensity" that has gotten them to this point. The "chemistry and team bond" is a sight to see. The experience gained since August has paid dividends and will continue to do so for the team.  We know the world is watching that's one reason the Hoyas know they have "something to prove" each and every practice and game. Hoyanation, is all about, "When We Stand Together."

Hoyas, we all stand together!



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