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Charleston pulls away from Vermont 62-50

Charleston pulls away from Vermont 62-50

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) Andrew Lawrence scored 21 points and Anthony Stitt added 19 as College of Charleston pulled away in the second half for a 62-50 victory over Vermont in a nonconference game Saturday.

The two combined to score 21 of the final 25 points for the Cougars (8-4), starting with a 3-pointer by Lawrence with 10 minutes remaining that gave Charleston a 40-35 lead.

The Cougars shot 52.2 percent (12 of 23) in the second half to 30 percent (9 of 30) for the Catamounts (7-5).

Vermont led 22-19 with 3:40 left in the first half, but Stitt hit a tying 3-pointer and Lawrence added two baskets before Charleston went into halftime ahead 26-23.

Lawrence had five assists and Willis Hall grabbed 12 rebounds for the Cougars, who are 4-0 on the road this season.

Clancy Rugg led Vermont with 11 points, and Brian Voelkel had 13 rebounds.

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Orioles' Chris Davis on the future of MLB 2020 season

Orioles' Chris Davis on the future of MLB 2020 season

Chris Davis has played a game without fans before. He doesn’t want to go back to that again unless he has to.

Davis, who played in the 2015 fan-less game between the Orioles and White Sox at Camden Yards in the aftermath of the Baltimore Riots, is aware of the unique circumstances those games can present.

“I think it’s something that I’ve prepared myself for, hoping that we wouldn’t necessarily have to do that,” Davis said Tuesday on a conference call with reporters. “I think at this point, there are a lot of possibilities, a lot of different scenarios that are on the table, just as far as a logistics standpoint is concerned. Obviously I would love to play as many games as possible, but I also want people to be safe.”

Major League Baseball has yet to set a return date for the 2020 regular season, and there doesn’t appear to be a concrete timeline either for baseball to be played. 

One possibility is to begin the season without fans at the ballparks to minimize the risk of spreading coronavirus. A big part of that, admittedly, is gaining confidence from both players and fans.

“I want people to feel comfortable being around other people, being around other fans at the ballpark and I want the guys to feel safe on the field,” Davis said. “I don’t look forward to doing that, but I feel like we’re going to have to do some things that are a little unfamiliar, at least for the foreseeable future. We’ve talked about it, it’s definitely a possibility.”

Davis, who said he’s confident he can pick up where he left off in spring training after a hot start to the season, is now just waiting for baseball games to be played, just like everyone else. 

The best-case scenario though, for him and everyone else, is to have the ballparks filled when baseball returns.

“It’s been extremely uplifting to hear the amount of people that are just in love with the game of baseball, they’re infatuated with it,” Davis said. “They’re ready to see guys out on the field again. I just know that once we get everything squared away and we get kind of a handle on everything, there are going to be a bunch of smiling faces in the ballpark. And I look forward to that day.”

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Mac McClung has entered the NBA draft, what happens if he doesn't return to Georgetown?

Mac McClung has entered the NBA draft, what happens if he doesn't return to Georgetown?

After back-to-back stellar seasons with the Georgetown Hoyas, Mac McClung has stated his intentions to enter the 2020 NBA Draft process. 

A general consensus from draft evaluators and fans is that McClung will eventually withdraw his name from the process after the NBA Combine and come back. Declaring can be used to gain feedback from scouts and agents alike on where he is at in his playing career.

If he came back to Georgetown he could use that criticism to develop and prepare for the draft next season. It makes sense and is a system that has worked countless times to create solid NBA players.

But what if McClung doesn't withdraw his name and fully commits to the draft? It can't be ruled out given that is why he is declaring. 

That could put Georgetown in a precarious situation next season. Not only would it hurt losing such a dynamic scorer and playmaker in McClung, but once again they would be thrust into another season with potential roster concerns. 

With McClung, there are seven returning players on scholarship for next year. It is assumed Omer Yurtseven will not be returning either for a graduate season after his post on Instagram "closed a chapter" and seemed like a goodbye message to the Hoyas. That would leave six scholarship players returning. 

Not an ideal situation for Patrick Ewing as he is still looking to make the NCAA Tournament for the first time. But, that situation is manageable with two starters returning and two others that saw significant playing time. 

If McClung leaves, that means five returning players will be on next year's roster. Only three having played regular minutes. There would also be only one guard.

Relief is coming, three of the four commitments for next year are guards, all of them being three-star recruits. In this situation, at least one, potentially two of them, would have to start immediately for Georgetown. Now, freshmen start all the time in college hoops but that's a tall task for three-stars. There's also the transfer market, but no big transfer has been publically linked to the Hoyas as of this writing.

Why is this an issue? The consensus is that McClung will return next season. He's slightly undersized for either the point or shooting guard positions in the NBA. He is a 3-point shooter, but at 32% last season he isn't consistent enough to make it on his shooting alone. The best, and most enticing part, of his game is his athleticism and dunking ability.

But at the combine, things can change quickly. Jordan Bone of Tennessee (2019) and Kevin Huerter from Maryland (2018) proved that.

Both are examples of prospects that can shine in the combine and then make a sudden decision to forgo their eligibility and get drafted. McClung already has a leg up on other prospects by being well known in the scouting community from the hype surrounding him in high school. He's already had valuable conversations and connections with those involved in the evaluation. 

A good combine can make McClung an attractive prospect and if a team is telling him the right things, it may be enough to get him to leave college. That is not a reality that Georgetown could afford to face next year. 

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