We've Got The Funk Hoyas1
Hoyanation and friends, this game was everything I expected it to be and more. After all it was the Gray Out game against the Villanova Wildcats. The Hoyas came out roaring, but toward the end of the first half the Cats made a run with Villanova point guard Maalik Wayns hitting a three pointer at the 3:34 mark to start a mini rampage.
Hoya Otto Porter (aka OTP Other Teams Problem) put it all to a halt before the half with three point prayer and an answer with .54 seconds remaining in the first half. Thank God for OTP. (lol) "That was a big play," Wright said. "Because that was the end of the shot clock. We had had a good defensive possession, they didn't have anywhere to go, and we just gave him a little bit too much space there. That was a big shot."
The second half was all Hoyas. The Hoyas never trailed. The "defense" was spectacular. The communication/point communication was there. The "sense or urgency" was on display. The Hoyas played hard, played smart and had fun today folks. Always a joy to watch. They know what time of the year this is.
From the start of the game, Hoya forward Otto Porter had gotten hurt but came back with fire in eyes and overcame a tough obstacle very early in the game. "Yeah, I was fired up," Porter said. "And so were my teammates. I think they kind of read my mind."
Added Clark: "When the game starts off like that we're a family. We have each other's back, so we're not going to let that happen to our teammate."
The Hoyas outrebounded Villanova 37-21. Four Hoyas scored in double figures with both Jason Clark and Otto Porter combining for 30 points with 15 points a piece. Also, the Hoyas field goals were 24-52 shot @ 46.2%. From three point the Hoyas were only 3-13 @ 23.1%. By attacking the basket the biggest stat were free throws made 16-23 @ 69.6%.
From one of the my blog readers on Twitter: Glidehoyas, you just got a good camera shot raising up the crowd behind Nova's bench.