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Georgetown announces James Akinjo and Josh LeBlanc are leaving the Hoyas

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Georgetown announces James Akinjo and Josh LeBlanc are leaving the Hoyas

Georgetown's James Akinjo and Josh LeBlanc are no longer members of the basketball team, announced by the program on Monday.

In the statement, head coach Patrick Ewing stated the two sophomores "will not be playing for the basketball team effective immediately and will not be members of the team for the remainder of the season."

LeBlanc and unsuspended teammates Galen Alexander and Myron Gardner have received restraining orders stemming from an allegation of sexual assault, harassment and a subsequent burglary, according to court documents retrieved by NBC Sports' Rob Dauster. A temporary restraining order was granted back on Nov. 12. The incident in question was reported to have occurred on Sept. 16.

LeBlanc did not play in the season opener on Nov. 6 against Mount St. Mary's. Although coming off the bench, LeBlanc has played in every game since. A year ago the forward made the Big East's All-Freshman Team. This season he is the team's top bench option in the post, playing 19 minutes a game.

Georgetown's announcement did not include either Alexander or Gardner. They are assumably still part of the team.

Akinjo was not mentioned in the court documents or allegations. Akinjo is the defending Big East Freshman of the Year after averaging 13.4 points and 5.2 assists last season. As the team's starting point guard this year, he had helped direct the team to their 4-3 record. A win over Texas and a competitive performance against then top-ranked Duke had things looking up for the remainder of the season. 

This drastically changes the outlook for the Hoyas this season. Returning the young core of Ankinjo, LeBlanc, Jamaorko Pickett and Mac McClung to partner with N.C. State transfer Omer Yurtseven had many expecting a run to the NCAA Tournament after their NIT run last year. Their future this March, and perhaps the next couple of seasons is now in question.

The team is fresh off a loss to UNC Greensboro after some late mistakes. The Big East is looking stronger than ever. Anticipation is high after a once well-established program is five years removed from a tournament appearance. A tough situation just got more pressing for Patrick Ewing in his third season at the helm. 

Both players have entered the NCAA's transfer portal per Jeff Goodman. The former four-star recruits will have at least two full seasons of eligibility remaining. 

This post has been updated from its original version. 

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Jairus Hamilton's career-high 23 points lifts BC over Virginia Tech

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Jairus Hamilton's career-high 23 points lifts BC over Virginia Tech

BOSTON -- Jairus Hamilton scored a career-high 23 points, Jay Heath added 15 points and Boston College snapped a four-game losing with a 61-56 victory over Virginia Tech Saturday afternoon.

Jared Hamilton had his only two baskets of the game in the final 3 minutes for the Eagles (10-10, 4-5 Atlantic Coast Conference).

Landers Nolley II led the Hokies (14-6, 5-4) with 15 points and Nahiem Alleyne added 10. Virginia Tech had won four of its last five games and its previous five against BC.

Virginia Tech had opened a six-point lead with 8 minutes to play, but the Eagles sliced it to 49-48 on Jairus Hamilton's 3 from the right wing with 5:05 left. Steffon Mitchell went to the line with a chance to put BC ahead on the next possession, but he missed both free throws.

But Jairus Hamilton did end BC's miserable day temporarily at the free-throw line at the end of the next possession, hitting both to give the Eagles a 50-49 edge. They had missed 10 of their initial 15 from the line.

Jared Hamilton the hit consecutive jumpers, making it 54-51, the second a one-handed runner from the right baseline.

Jairus Hamilton added a 3 from the top, pushing BC in front 57-53 with just over two minutes left.

BC had trailed by five at halftime, but tied it at 35 on Derryck Thornton's 3-pointer. The teams were also tied at 37 before Virginia Tech went on a 7-1 spree.

The Hokies had opened a 10-point lead in the first half en route to a 31-26 edge at intermission despite eight turnovers for a team that averages just over nine a game.

BIG PICTURE

Virginia Tech: The Hokies are one of the league's biggest surprises. Picked to finish near the bottom in the preseason poll, they're playing very well despite young players getting a lot of minutes. They have four players that are freshman and two red-shirt freshmen.

Boston College: The Eagles desperately needed a victory to end their slide before tough matchups against national powers Louisville and Duke sandwiched around a game against struggling North Carolina.

BELL MOMENT

BC retired the jersey of former two-time All-American guard Troy Bell at halftime,

He's still the school's all-time leading scorer (2,632 points). He played for the Eagles from 1999-2003 and won the Big East rookie of the year award.

"I never envisioned this moment," he said at a morning press conference, standing on the court. "I had great teammates and coaches. We were having a great time, doing something we would have done for free. To be here and being honored is amazing."

HARDLY FREE

The Eagles hit just 11 of their 27 free throws.

UP NEXT

Virginia Tech: At Miami on Tuesday.

Boston College: Hosts No. 6 Louisville Wednesday.

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VCU beats La Salle behind Santos-Silva's 16 points

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VCU beats La Salle behind Santos-Silva's 16 points

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Marcus Santos-Silva registered 16 points and nine rebounds as VCU topped La Salle 76-65 on Saturday.

Nah'Shon Hyland had 15 points for VCU (15-5, 5-2 Atlantic 10 Conference). Mike'L Simms added 13 points. Issac Vann had 10 points.

David Beatty had 16 points for the Explorers (10-9, 1-6), who have now lost five consecutive games. Scott Spencer added 16 points. Ed Croswell had 11 points.

VCU matches up against Richmond at home on Tuesday. La Salle plays Saint Louis at home on Wednesday.

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