First off Happy Hoyalidays and Happy New Year! We earn ours period! May be pretty some nights, may be rough some nights, but that's when you get "tougher" physically and mentally then dig in and grind the game out second by second. Keeping that confidence up through adversity proved to be key in the mighty Hoyas 49-40 win over the Providence Friars at home on New Years Eve. This is a conference where the game is played inside out and won on the foul line. Attack mode is on high alert at all times. "You get em down, keep em down." Easy to say in the Big East huh. Think again, the other team wants to win to. Hands up!
The Hoyas (12-1 2-0 BE) came blazing out of the gates in the first half. At 1:50 the score was 27-13 in favor of the Hoyas. At 1:47 of the first half Providence (11-4 0-2) went on a 6-0 run, score 29-17 at the half.
The tide started changing in the second half. After a Friar full timeout with the score in favor of the Hoyas 35-30 at the 13:27 mark the Hoyas missed a jump shot and Providence grabbed the rebound went down the court and Friar G Vincent Council knocked down a three pointer, score 35-32 with 12:34 to go. Score was finally tied with eight minutes to go in the game. The score remained 35 all from the 8:01 mark until 7:24 Hoya senior Jason Clark made a layup to put the score at 37-37.
The rest of the game was physical. It was about who's the toughest! Towards the six minute mark the Hoyas' rebounding kick in. Afterwards, they were able to get senior C Henry Sims
( 11 pts. 2 assts.) the ball in the post. He was fouled byFriar Brice Kofane and went to the line to knock down two critical free throws at the 6:14 minute. Score, Hoyas 39-35. Freshman Otto Porter (6 pts. 12 rbs. in 33 mins.) made got a key defensive rebound at 5:59. Sims shot a jumper and missed got his own rebound and made a layup at 5:32. Score Hoyas 41-35. Again, Otto was everywhere! Everybody played a part in one way or another.
Providence would not go away. Providence junior guard Vincent Council came down a made a three point shot. Score 41-38, Hoyas. Off of a Hoya missed layup, Providence scored two more points. Score 41-40 Hoyas. Georgetown timeout! 4:23 to go in game. Great timing to call a timeout! After the timeout the Hoya shot a and missed a jump shot, but again,Otto Porter, brought his lunch pail and he proved to be a major factor in this game with a "save the day rebound" of a Sims miss. Porter then scores two points on a layup. Score 43-40. Thank God and the Hoyas staff for having to this young man Otto Porter attend Georgetown including the rest of the Hoyabunch.
From 4:06 to 1:07 the score remained deadlocked at 43-40 Hoyas. Jason Clark did grab a key rebound. His leadership was so valuable today. "This was just an ugly game," Thompson said. "We went for a long period when we weren't scoring, so you just have to figure out how to get stops, you have to figure out how to get rebounds."
Afterwards, Sims was fouled by Kadeem Batts, he made first free throw to put the score 44-40, missed second. With the score still 44-40, the relentless rebounding freshman sensation Otto Porter grabbed another key, (perhaps the biggest rebound of the game) rebound with 1:07 remaining in the game, and sophomore point guard knocking down a crucial jump shot with .45 seconds to go in the game. Score 46-40. "Otto made the plays that you have to make to win games," Thompson said. "And it was glaring today."
After a Friar turnover, it was all she wrote, as Markel Starks picked up the tab (steal) and assisted fellow guard Jason Clark for two points. Score 48-40, Hoyas. Senior Jason Clark ends the game on the foul line for the Hoyas making a free throw. Score 49-40, Hoyas. Game Over! Good "gut check game!" Hoyas are tough!
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