Thursday, January 5, 2012

17 down the Hoyas end game in tough, smart and furious fashion

Shining Star Hoyas!
Earth, Wind & Fire

All I can say Hoynation and friends is WOW! After the Georgetown game I asked someone in the Verizon Center (phone booth), "did you see what just happened?" Their response was, "yes, we won!" My response back to them was, "this was more than a win, this was a major statement game buddy." In the first half I said to myself, "this seems like a toe to toe boxing match - the two teams were trading blows (baskets) like the Ali and Frazier fight back in the day."   

Marquette (12-3, 1-1 Big East) led 43-29 at halftime and stretched that edge to 56-39 on freshman guard Todd Mayo's 3-pointer with 13:10 left. Todd is also the younger brother of NBA player O. J. Mayo.

It was unbelievable what I was witnessing from start to finish especially watching the Hoyas stepped up their defense and chiped away at the score by attacking the basket in the second half with plenty of time remaining in the game. "I guess we just felt like we were being embarrassed. We were getting embarrassed," Clark said. "So the second half, we just wanted to turn it up defensively, and our defense turned into our offense."

I knew the Hoyas (13-1, 3-0 Big East) would stage a comeback because of the leadership of both senior's Jason Clark (26 pts. 5 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl)  and Henry Sims was was an awesome 5-6 in field goals made (13 pts. 5 ast., 5 reb. 2 blks. 2 stls.), he also shot 3-4 from the free throw line. Freshman guard Jabril Trawick came off the bench to provide a defensive spark for the mighty blue and gray.

The "intensity" Jabril brings is "crazy" (one of Jabril's favorite words). He is one tough and gritty player. Love his passion and high IQ of the game of the basketball. I really like how he plays within himself and doesn't force many as the case with most freshmen. This young man is "awesome."

All four freshman Hopkins, Porter, Trawick and Whittington scored a combined (16 pts.), Whittington's defense was spectacular also. Freshman F Otto "OTP" (Other Teams Problem) Porter (8 pts. 5 reb. 3 ast. 2 stl. 1 blk.) he also shot 4-5 in field goals made.

Junior F Hollis Thompson (16 pts. 3 reb. 2 ast.) 6-7 in field goals made, shot 3-5 from three point range. Again, Thompson proved he was Mr. Dramatic knocking down "dagger shots" in key points of the game especially near games end. Thompson's first three ball was made at 3:19 on a assist from freshman Greg Whittington (2 pts. 1 ast. 1 reb. 1 stl.). Score 66-64 Marquette. At 2:27 Hollis made a two pointer to tie the score 66-66. Henry Sims scored on "sweet honey dip layup" to put the Hoyas up 68-66.

At the 1:37 mark Golden Eagles Davante Gardner made a layup on an assist from teammate Jae Crowder to tie the score up 68-68. At 1:11, Jason Clark scored two points on an assist from fellow teammate Henry Sims to take the lead again 70-68. With just .46 seconds left in the game, Marquette's Junior Cadougan knock down a jumpshot to tie the game 70-70.  With .22 seconds to Hoya Hollis "Hollywood" Thompson knocked down a three pointer to take the lead 73-70 for good. Hoyas win, Hoyas win, Hoyas win. My my my what a game! Next stop West Virginia! Ahhh let's get it Hoyas!



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