March 8, 2013 |
IT WAS ANOTHER one of those games that could obviously go a real long way toward getting Villanova back into the only tournament that matters after a 1-year sabbatical. The Wildcats, who of course weren't even supposed to be in this position way back when, had already beaten two other Top-5 teams in the Wells Fargo Center, Louisville and Syracuse, back-to-back in late January. But this was different, because now it's March and the urgency factor is seriously elevated. Particularly for any wannabe that's straddling that ever-popular NCAA bubble.
December 10, 2012 |
The odds weren't good for Maggie Lucas on the break against two backpedaling Georgetown Hoyas before one defender tripped and Penn State's prolific shooting guard stopped suddenly in the lane to create space for an easy jumper. Whether wide open from the corner for threes or creating havoc in transition, Lucas, a Germantown Academy product, was a problem all day for Georgetown in the 10th-ranked Lions' easy, 97-74 victory Sunday afternoon in State College, Pa. Lucas set a career high and Bryce Jordan Center scoring record - for men and women - with 39 points, backcourt mate Alex Bentley added 23, and Penn State's potent transition game throttled the Hoyas early.
March 10, 2007 |
Patrick Ewing smiled during halftime as he watched the video board in Madison Square Garden roll a highlight of his Georgetown Hoyas winning the 1984 Big East title. Twenty-three years after that game, the former Georgetown great spent the second half of last night's game watching his son Patrick Ewing Jr. come a step closer to claiming another championship trophy for the Hoyas. A new name surely is joining the ranks of the Ewing surname at Georgetown, especially after last night, when Jeff Green led the top-seeded Hoyas past No. 4 Notre Dame, 84-82, to advance to tonight's Big East championship game against No. 3 Pittsburgh.
March 12, 2003 |
So you think Villanova has problems entering the Big East Conference tournament with a depleted roster? Consider the plight of coach Craig Esherick, whose Georgetown Hoyas must face the Wildcats tonight in an opening-round game at Madison Square Garden. "What I'm worried about is people thinking we're playing a Villanova team that won't be ready to play," Esherick said. "You can bet they'll be ready to play. They will come in expecting to win, and that's what we have to understand going in. " Villanova (15-14)
February 5, 1996 |
They have long been college basketball's most targeted team, but from a stylistic standpoint, the Georgetown Hoyas are not at all what we have come to expect. Known for its big men and extremely physical approach to the game, Georgetown - with sophomore sensation Allen Iverson the triggerman at point guard - has been transformed into a high-scoring, up-tempo outfit that has added liberal doses of flash and dazzle to the familiar blood and guts. The only links between the new-look Hoyas and their towering, menacing predecessors are longtime coach John Thompson and "Hoya Paranoia," the us-vs.
December 9, 1995 |
For five straight possessions, the Georgetown Hoyas didn't let Sacramento State move the ball past halfcourt. In fact, the hapless Hornets could not even get past their own free throw line. Georgetown made 24 steals, forced 37 turnovers and rested guard Allen Iverson for the final 16:38 as the sixth-ranked Hoyas played out a 113-58 mismatch last night at the USAir Arena in Landover, Md. "I don't think we were playing a team after a while," said Iverson, who had 15 points and five steals in just 14 minutes.
March 30, 1993 |
If the Georgetown Hoyas always played as well as they did in the second half of the National Invitation Tournament semifinals last night, they'd have been in some other tournament. This was defense from their old NCAA days. Traps all over the court. A center stepping in front of smaller, supposedly quicker men to make steals. The Hoyas worked all this together to hold Alabama-Birmingham to two points over the last 14 minutes at Madison Square Garden. And they stole an ugly 45-41 victory, advancing to tomorrow night's final against Minnesota, which beat Providence, 76-70, in last night's second NIT semifinal game.
March 23, 1993 |
Thirteen years ago, Penn State coach Rene Portland was instrumental in placing Patrick Knapp in his first women's basketball coaching job. Saturday, Knapp's unseeded Georgetown Hoyas stunned third-seeded Penn State, 68-67, in a second-round NCAA Tournament game. At Penn State, before a noisy crowd of 4,380. "Rene was very gracious," Knapp, a former Bishop McDevitt player and coach, said last night. "She said, 'I'm happy for you.' I felt great on the floor (after winning). But when I saw all the people I knew, I was saying 'I'm sorry.
February 18, 1993 |
The Villanova Wildcats pulled their chartered Red Cross truck up to the Capital Centre last night and began handing out food and blankets. The ailing Georgetown Hoyas were grateful. Losers of five straight going into this one, the Hoyas tried everything they could think of to drop a second straight home game for the first time in their Big East existence. They missed free throws, and they ignored their 6- foot-10 meal ticket for most of the evening. But once again, Villanova's beneficence in the second half was overwhelming.
February 9, 1991 |
They're back. No, they're not. Yes, they are. Who can figure the Georgetown Hoyas? Alonzo Mourning, the all-America forward, has returned from a nine-game stay on the bench, where he nursed a strained arch and learned how to hold a clipboard like a coach. He will be on the floor of the Capital Centre tonight (Channel 57, 8 o'clock) when the Hoyas (14-6 overall, 6-3 conference) host Villanova (12-9, 5-5) in another in a series of crucial Big East games for the Wildcats. Mourning returned to the court the game after Villanova had beaten the struggling Hoyas, 65-56, at the Spectrum on Jan. 14. Since then, Georgetown is 4-2. The Hoyas beat Boston College and some proclaimed that the mean and tough intimidators were back.