The Hoyas continue to overcome adversity one game at a time in a well needed tough road win. Early and midway throught the first half the Hoyas had struggled to score but still managed to be in the game with 9:00 in the first half.. Depaul's four turnovers at this period were enough to keep the Hoyas hanging around in the first half..
Tough rebounding and smart defensive plays by senior Nate Lubick with 8:15 to go. Depaul was tough on the boards early leading the Hoyas 16-13 in rebounds with 7:20 to go in the first half. Despite the lull's in the first the Hoyas managed to stay within striking range handling Depaul's rage with poise 3:45 to go in the first half 24-20 Blue Demons up! Good to see the Hoyas score transitional baskets off of Depaul's turnovers (7).
The two senior leaders showed great leadership in the first half keeping the team in withing striking distance by the half 30-27. By the half he Hoyas were only shooting 30% 9-30, 20% 2-10 in three pointers, 53.8% 7-13 from the free throw line.
Something may have been brewing for the Hoyas with the scored tied at 32 for 3:59 on a D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (16 pts, 5 rebs, 2 blks, 1 stl) (11-11 from the free throw line) jump shot to pull him out his shooting slump the Hoyas finally take their first lead at 14:43 on a three pointer from Hoya reserve forward Aaron Bowen. Big shot! The Hoyas never looked back afterwards. Free throws seem to matter for the Hoyas midway through second half. The Hoyas managed to keep a two point lead 39-37 with 11:51 to go in the game. “The last couple of games — including tonight — he makes his fouls shots which is big coming down at the end,” Georgetown coach John Thompson III said. “It’s good to see him put the ball in the basket and we needed him to put the ball in the basket.”
Both Starks and Smith-Rivera got the free throw line a combined 25 times! The guards were attack mode, something we've all been praying for instead of relying on the three point shot. Hoyas were 5-17, 29.4% in 3's.
"The road not taken was not taken for a reason. Trust that you are right where you need to be."
Junior Jabril Trawick's made his presence know tonight on the defensive end. He also knocked down a pair of three pointers and ended the game with 15 points off of the bench. He was truly an Hoya X factor last night. Scrappy the Hoyas were. As both teams lost the ball they were scrapping to get the ball.
Typical Big East game! I love it! For a moment there I think both teams were playing "hot potato" with the basketball. The Hoyas seem to not look back so far in the second half with 7:58 to go in the game 51-44. Players on both teams diving all over court trying to get possession of the ball. The Hoyas took over in the second half, sinking 45 percent from the field and 23-of-28 at the free-throw line. Big shout out to senior forward Nate Lubick on his great ten rebounding effort and his leadership. Way to step it up Nate!
It was great to see the Hoyas backcourt go 3-13 from the free throw line with 4:27 to go in the game. The stayed strong with the score at 60-47 at this time. With 2:17 to go in the game the Hoyas were up 63-55. Starks made nine free throws and ended up with 24 points to lead his team in scoring tonight.
Game photo's from last night Hoyas victory they fought hard, were poised filled with determination. The sense of urgency has not left the Hoyas it's still there, they just had to figure out a few things, they've made the adjustments, now it's about moving on one game at a time. "Faith through adversity." - John Thompson Jr.
You keep plugging away in life and geez does it ever get so hard to get back up but someway somehow you have to get back up. I think it's incredible to watch these student athletes learn and live their dreams and have faith in the midst of a storm and also like learning how to dance in the rain...Simply Amazing! What Rocks!
Markel Starks led the way with 26 points