Hoyas, Jam On It
Hoyanation, the Hoyas (8-1) came out of the gates very fast using lots of pressure defense and scoring at will in transition. At the half the score was 30-17 in favor of the Hoyas. From the 8:10 to 5:25 mark the Hoyas hadn't scored. Freshman F/C Mikael Hopkins (3 pts.) knocked down a free throw to make the score 24-10. It took the Hoyas a minute to put up two more points. Senior G Jason Clark ( 12 pts. 10-10 from the ft line) was fouled and made both free throws. Score26-10 with 4:36 to go before the half.
Howard (3-6 1-1 MEAC) went on a four point run to make the score 26-14.
The Hoyas remained scoreless for 2 more minutes until freshman F Otto Porter (14 pts. 6-11, 4 rebs.) scored two points to make the score 28-14 with 2:33 to go before halftime. Sophomore PG Markel Starks (5 pts.) made the next two points at the 1:03 to make the score 30-14. Howard scored two points and was fouled made free throw to end the half 30-17 Hoyas.
Howard's Dadrian Collins came out in the second half knocking down a three pointer to pull within 10 points of the Hoyas 30-20. From then on in the second half the Bison hung around to pull within 4 points off of a jumper made by Howard's Simuel Frazier 34-30 with the Hoyas still leading. At 12:20 Freshman F Otto Porter came right back for two score 36-30 Hoyas.
From the 11:20 to 9:23 the Hoyas hadn't scored. Finally, Bison Simuel Frazier fouled Jason Clark, he knocked down two free throws 42-34 Hoyas. From then on it was bump and grind for both teams. The Hoyas continued to go straight to the basketball no matter what it took. This was determination and toughest on display. I definitely felt it.
Hoya freshman G Jabril Trawick fouled Bison Mike Phillips - he went to the line and knocked down two free throws. Score 36-32 Hoyas. Sophomore F Nate Lubick makes a big put back on a miss by teammate Markel Starks, Hoyas 38 Howard 32, 11:24 minutes to go in the game. Otto Porter's big steal and dunk at 6:19 inthe second half is the "jumpstart" the Hoyas need to win the game. A timeout was called by Howard. Score 46-38. 2:46 was an "amazing" play made by point guard Markel Starks in transition with a "slick behind the back pass" to forward Otto Porter.
The crowd raised up in a loud roar! You know I did too. (Get up Get up Wave Your Hands!) Going inside for the rest of the game and Howard fouling put the Hoyas on the line, and they were able to knock down critical free throws to put their team up for good. Good decision making with game on the line. Poise and smart play until the end were some of the good things on display. One thing about the Hoyas, never lost their lead. Hoyapride was on the line and it took over. Yessssssss!
The ability to overcome adversity played the biggest part in the win today for the Georgetown Hoyas. This game was a good gut check and wake up call. Life lessons. Learning to keep your head up through storm whether it be in life or on the playing field.
BTW: One thing I did notice is how much Howard Coach Kevin Nickleberry looks and sounds exactly like Comedian Kevin Hart. Too funny!