Georgetown: Five things to know after upsetting loss


Georgetown: Five things to know after upsetting loss

WASHINGTON -- Five takeaways following Georgetown's shocking 82-80 double overtime loss to Radford Saturday afternoon at Verizon Center.

Inexperience: Nine players took the court for the Hoyas, including All-Big East guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera. Of the nine, six are underclassmen, including three freshman. That doesn't count senior center Bradley Hayes, who scored 19 of his 49 career points Saturday, and junior forward Reggie Cameron, both back benchers for most of last season. At times, primarily in the first half, the lineup included just freshmen and sophomores. This isn't uncommon for this era of college basketball, but it's new for the Hoyas under coach John Thompson III, who leaned on his experienced options late. Smith-Rivera played 29 of the possible 30 minutes after halftime. Talent is one thing and the Hoyas have plenty. Harnessing it is another. By the way, Radford started four seniors, including hero Rashun Davis, who hit the game-winning 3-pointers and finished with 28 points. That helped the Highlanders whenever the Hoyas appeared ready for a game-deciding push.

Looking ahead: Cannot answer this with any certainty either way, but perhaps all that youth led to some looking ahead and past Radford. Tuesday's upcoming game against Maryland dominated local conversation or months. From there, Georgetown plays Wisconsin and either Duke or VCU. No offense to Radford, but those programs are national headliners. Asked about the look ahead possibility, Thompson said, "I don’t think so. They just outplayed us. Who knows what’s in these kids minds, but we were focused. ...We’ll go back and we’ll talk about it, but I told this group every single game on this schedule is tough. There is nothing easy. You play against team like that that has gone to the postseason, has won 22-23 games last couple of years, has all those seniors on the team. They know how to win, they know what it takes and they are coming here to win. I don’t think we were looking ahead, I think they just beat us."

Oh, Thompson is right. Radford's play won the game, though Georgetown certainly helped. 

Hoya Hustle Hurting: "Significantly," was Thompson's answer to a question about how much rebounding woes and energy plays by Radford contributed to the loss. The Big South program doesn't start anything close to a big lineup. Brandon Holcomb, a 6-foot-8, 215-pounder, doubles as the Highlanders' tallest and beefiest player. Even after losing big men Josh Smith and Mikael Hopkins to graduation, even without injured forward Paul White, Georgetown used five players 6-foot-7 or taller. Yet Radford finished with a 43-37 advantage on the glass including 15 offensive rebounds. It wasn't the board work that hurt the Hoyas, but also numerous 50-50 balls the Highlanders tracked down. Other than a brief spurt in the second half and those frantic finishes at the end of regulation, the Hoyas lacked a spark, a spark often provided last season by Aaron Bowen, another player lost to graduation.

Leadership: Let's not let the main man and senior guard off the hook. Smith-Rivera scored all 15 of his points after halftime. That included Georgetown's final two baskets with his second layup giving the Hoyas an 80-79 lead with one minute left. You want your big time players stepping up late, but you also want them setting the tone. Smith-Rivera went scoreless in the first half and committed two of their seven turnovers. During that time, Radford's confidence grew and never wavered. 

“I just think, in the first half, I started off flat and it carried over to the rest of the team," Smith-Rivera stated. "For the most part, I take the blame for how we started the game off and, coming down the stretch, we just needed to make plays we felt like we usually make and we got a lot of open shots that we just didn’t make.”

The senior isn't a fiery leader type, but rather a lead-by-example player. Considering the roster's youth, Thompson needs DSR's energy and smarts on point from the jump.

Ball movement is back -- For all the Princeton talk always associated with a JT3 offense, the Hoyas went away from that scheme much of the last two seasons. Having Josh Smith hunkered down on the low post took away potential cut/driving lanes. With this group, one with versatile bigs and forward, Georgetown reverted back to more of the motion offense look. Granted the efficiency lacked in the opener.

The Hoyas had 17 turnovers -- to 14 assists -- and the Highlanders turned the miscues into 20 points.

Georgetown was also outscored in the paint 36-34 despite Hayes' production. In time, the ability to spread the court and open the interior for back door looks puts the offense in Thompson's desired comfort zone.

The ball movement played a factor in the Hoyas taking 20 free throws in the first half. After making their first 18, Georgetown missed nine of 14.

Five players made at least one 3-pointer including freshman center Jessie Govan. Georgetown made 7 of 12 3-pointers in the second half, but went 0 for 10 during all other periods. Isaac Copeland and L.J. Peak missed open shots with a chance to seal with the win.

Thompson said he wasn't sure if there were any positives from the loss. Perhaps he'll find some comfort in the general offensive flow upon further film review. Maybe not.

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The best sports bars in Washington D.C. for SEC football

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The best sports bars in Washington D.C. for SEC football

College football is fast approaching, and it's important to establish your gameday spot — and a seat at the bar — early. At NBC Sports Washington, we've compiled the best bars and restaurants to watch the Capitals' rock the red, the beautiful game, and where to hit March-October around Nationals Park and Camden Yards too. For now, here's to looking at you, SEC!

The University of Alabama

  • Willie's Brew and Que: 300 Tingey Street SE

Willie's has hosted many official Alabama Alumni events with the D.C. chapter and is just steps from Nats Park for those looking to have the sportiest day possible and catch some baseball as well. Willie's has recently found themselves under new management, but retain an Alabama Slammer on their drinks menu. Cheers! 

  • Union Pub: 201 Massachusetts Avenue NE

Union Pub claims official Crimson Tide HQ for all 'Bama fans far from home. All weekend long, UP rocks $12-15 beer bucket deals, perfect for overtime.

The University of Georgia

  • Public Bar Live: 1214 18th Street NW

Dawgs fans LOVE Public Bar in Dupont. They were temporarily closed and added a live music venue to their space, but will still serve as home to everything UGA in the District.

Auburn University

  • Johnny Pistolas: 2333 18th Street NW

Johnny P's in the heart of Adams Morgan is officially listed on the Auburn Alumni Association's website as their game watch location inside D.C. proper. With an extensive taco and brunch menu, Tigers gameday eats are guaranteed to be amazing.

The University of Florida

  • Lou's City Bar: 1400 Irving Street NW

With 24 beers on tap, 23 flat screens and a huge projector, you won't miss a single Gator down at Lou's. For the DC Gator Club, they run happy hour deals all game long.

Louisiana State University

  • Rhodeside Grill: 1836 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA

Unfortunately, you won't find much organized "Geaux" chants in the District, but if you hop just outside, the official LSU Alumni DC chapter will welcome you. They enthusiastically throw events for many Tigers sporting events and host a rowdy crowd at Rhodeside.

University of Mississippi

  • Penn Quarter Sports Tavern: 639 Indiana Avenue NW

Most commonly called home by Capitals fans, the DC Ole Miss Alumni Association throws down at PQST on game days. Be sure to take advantage of their great brunch deals from 11 a.m. - 2 pm. before kickoff! 

University of Tennessee 

  • Blackfinn Ameripub: 16120 I St. NW

There are only a handful of official Vols gathering places outside Tennessee, but luckily, Blackfinn has you covered in the District. Orange and White gamedays would be incomplete without bottomless mimosas (consider them made of Orange and White) until 3 p.m.

University of Kentucky

  • Town Tavern: 2323 18th Street NW

A nightlife staple in Adams Morgan, Town Tavern offers Big Blue Nation, as well as members of the DC UK Alumni group, gameday specials like $4 Bud and Bud Light bottles, $7 burger baskets and $14 Bud Light pitchers.

Don't see your team here? Check out our list of the best sports bars in D.C. Someone has to have your game on! 

Top ACC bars in D.C.

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Top ACC bars in D.C.

What makes a sports bar great? Is it a delicious food selection, drink specials or multiple TV’s?  

We know that the start of college football will be here within the blink of an eye and we know that you’ll want to catch the game somewhere worthwhile. 

This list includes the top D.C. sports bars that cater to your favorite Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) college teams. 


O’Sullivan’s Irish Pub 
3207 Washington Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201

O’Sullivan’s features a menu with traditional Irish food and drinks, specializing in whiskey. By just watching the game at O’Sullivan’s you are supporting our Club’s Memorial Endowed Scholarship to help local high school students attend Clemson. Both bars are generously donating 5% of all first half food and drink sales back to our Scholarship Fund.

Boston College 

Across The Pond 
1732 Connecticut Avenue NW Washington, DC 20009

Located in Dupont Circle, this neighborhood restaurant pub has freshly cooked, homemade style dining, beer specials, and a friendly atmosphere. Across The Pond has a Boston sports fans meetup group and welcomes Boston fans to come out and watch the games on projections screens and many HD TVs with house sound. 


Blackfinn Ameripub DC 
1620 I St NW Washington, District Of Columbia  20003

Blackfinn Ameripub offers a variety of crave-able items including Nashville hot chicken sliders, street tacos, and local and regional crafts. DC welcomes fellow Duke alumni family and friends to football watch parties this upcoming season. 

University of Miami 

Penn Quarter Sports Tavern 
639 Indiana Ave. N.W. Washington, DC 20004

Enjoy traditional American favorites like nachos, wings, and burgers at the bar, in a booth or outside on the enclosed heated patio. $12 pitchers of beer and half-priced foods are available during weekday happy hour after 7 p.m. Many University of Miami alumni call Penn Quarter Sports Tavern home and often gather there on game days. 

University of Virginia (UVA)

1836 18TH Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

After several faithful years, Rebellion has partnered with UVA to bring the DC Hoos an unforgettable game-day experience. Located in Dupont circle, Rebellion strives to provide a true neighborhood feel. From great food to a vibrant bar scene, Rebellion is all about promoting a fun fan experience. It has a bar, dining area, and open-air rooftop patio seating. 

North Carolina State 

Ugly Mug
723 8th St SE Washington, D.C. 20003

The Ugly Mug is a casual bar with a rooftop deck. This bar specializes in classic American fare and a great old time with $30 towers of Miller Lite available on game days. 

Georgia Tech 

Penn Social 
801 E St NW, Washington, DC 20004

Looking to get cozy and enjoy the game? Penn Social has couches and seating for groups of all sizes. Penn Social also has a spacious viewing room with large projector screens and HD TV’s placed along the walls. There are three bars and over 30 drafts. 

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