I saw the look on their faces during warm ups as I was walking into the phone booth. Focused, sense of urgency look D'vauntes Smith-Rivera. Smith was focused and had a sense of about last post season's game loss and how it felt from the players who were there.
One face I saw in particular was that of sophomore guard urgency scoring a team high (31 pts.) in a duel with the old and new Big East foe St. John's. Even with Smith-Rivera putting up shooting numbers he managed to tie junior Joshua Smith's for six rebounds in today's outing.
Senior Hoya point guard Markel Starks was solid once again today ending the day with 12 pts, 4 assts., & 5 rebs.
This game was great team effort with teammates feeding off of each other. The first and second halves were all Hoyas. For the game the Hoyas were 23-41 and shot 56.1% in field goals. Three pointers were 9-13 @69.2%.
The Hoyas shot 61% 22-36 from the free throw line. Other noticeable stats were the Hoyas outrebounding the Johnnies 37-30, assist 17-8 Hoyas, steals 12-9 Johnnies, 5-4 blocks Johnnies, with Hoyas' junior forward Mikael Hopkins with 3 swipes. Hoyas 18 turnovers, Johnnies 12. Hoyas 14 bench points payed dividends. In just 8 minutes senior center Moses Ayegba had 5 pts., 3 rebs., and he went 5-6 from the free throw line.
For a moment, especially in the first half, there was one referee that looked like he had it out for our Gtown big men. Lubick, Smith, Ayegba, all had 2 fouls going into the lockeroom for the half. To me, most of the foul's were not legit, but anyways the Hoyas shooting prevailed over the terrible calls to keep the Johnnies from coming back.
Here's that terrible referee right there in middle, keep a lookout for this guy he can be very dangerous calling fouls on your favorite college hoops team
Hoyanation as the love the team defensive effort by the Hoyas. The communication, the point communication, the sense of urgency. It's the Hoyas knowing about NOW!
Here's a few pics of the Hoyas win over the Johnnies Courtesy of Christine Burns.
Jabril Trawick in lockdown mode
The Front Line...
Trawick taking off!
Trawick coming in for a landing!
My hands behind Smith-Rivera shooting the rock were on their way up, and he did make that three pointer
Mikael Hopkins rim protecting!
I think the legendary John Thompson Jr. like Smith's on hand dunk!
Wish I had a photo of that vicious assault Bowen did on St. John's, anyways this is after that assault, my goodness, yeah, it was just this HYPE!
We Out Here!
A Hoyas fan with some old school Hoyas buttons on his Gtown lid
I got my Breast Cancer Awareness tee
Rock Steady Hoyas! Let's go!
Up next, Providence!