Georgetown freezes late in loss at Connecticut


Georgetown freezes late in loss at Connecticut

Some quick thoughts after watching Georgetown lose 68-62 at Connecticut in standard definition.

* For most of the game against their former Big East rival, the Hoyas (12-8) played with the same level of urgency and smarts offensively that led to Tuesday's win at No. 5 Xavier. Then came the final 4:31 and an avalanche of mistakes with the snowed in D.C. region watching. After D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera's jumper gave Georgetown a 62-60, the Hoyas never scored again in their final non-conference game of the regular season.

Connecticut (14-5) labored from the field the entire second half (4 of 21) as Georgetown rallied for a lead after trailing 41-33. The Huskies only survived from the free throw line as they were in the 1-and-1 bonus with 14:22 remaining thanks to the Hoyas' numerous fouls. After two free throws put UConn up 63-62 with 2:44 left, Georgetown's possessions went like this: Turnover, missed 3-pointer, air ball, turnover, charge. These late issues were spread out, each committed by  different player.

* Reggie Cameron finished with 13 points while Smith-Rivera had 12. L.J. Peak also had 12 points before fouling out for the seventh time this season. Tre Campbell, after scoring 21 points on five 3-pointers at Xavier, had seven points.

* Connecticut entered with four players averaging double figure points. That quartet all had at least 11 with guards Rodney Purvis (17) and Sterling Gibbs (15) leading the way. That duo made 16 of 20 free throws and the Huskies finished 29 of 36. The Hoyas went 7 of 8.

* As for the big picture, getting a win over Connecticut would have taken some pressure off Georgetown's Big East record. Instead, the Hoyas (5-2) still probably need around 12 wins barring a string of upsets in their remaining games against the conference powers. Georgetown finished non-conference play 7-6.

* Georgetown's offense maintained the quicker ball movement that keyed its win over Xavier, which led to some open shots early. However, the Hoyas often fell in love with 3-pointers rather than look down low for inside-outside action. More than half of their field goal attempts came from beyond the arc.

Even worse, the shots, even several with a defender in range, weren't falling as Georgetown finished 9 of 31. Cameron and Smith-Rivera each hit 3 of 8 while Peak made both of his attempts. Campbell missed four of five.

Smith-Rivera and Peak sinking back-to-back 3-pointers helped fuel Georgetown's turnaround from down 41-33. Connecticut not making a basket until 12:50 remained in the second half did as well.

* In the first half, the Hoyas only hit 4 of 14 from deep. Centers Bradley Hayes and Jessie Govan had the size edge, but took just one shot combined. Cameron hit a few early and finished with 10 points, but the Huskies were content with him shooting rather than Smith-Rivera. The senior guard found more room in the second half, scoring nine points.

*Meanwhile, UConn's guards repeatedly got into the lane for shots at the rim or fouls on the Hoyas. The Huskies sank 50 percent of their first half attempts with Purvis and Gibbs combining for 20 points.

* The modern era of basketball is filled with big men wanting to play small. Not Hayes. It's not just that the 7-footer primarily shoots around the basket, but the type of shots. Twice he hit seldom-used hook shots and both with his left hand.  At least one notable basketball analysts noticed.

* Isaac Copeland started but scored only two points on 1 of 5 shooting while missing all three of his 3-point tries. The sophomore was also missing on the court down the stretch as coach John Thompson III turned elsewhere. Don't forget Copeland went scoreless against Xavier. As for his 3-point shot, he's 3 of 20 (15 percent) over the last six games.

*Next up, a rematch with Creighton Tuesday at Verizon Center. The Hoyas lost 79-66 in Omaha on Jan. 5.

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2019 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship: Bracket, schedules, teams

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2019 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship: Bracket, schedules, teams

All of a sudden, we are down to four.

The NCAA Men's Lacrosse semifinals are set, with Penn State, Yale, Virginia, and Duke fighting for the title.

The semifinals will be played on Saturday, setting the stage for the National Championship on Monday.

Here is everything you need to know.

What schools are playing for the NCAA Men's Lacrosse title?

The four schools remaining are Penn State, Yale, Virginia, and Duke.

Penn State faces Yale in the first semifinal, with Virginia and Duke clashing in an ACC battle for a spot in the National Championship.

When are the NCAA Men's Lacrosse semifinals and final?

The first semifinal matchup is on Saturday, May 25, at 12:00 p.m. The second semifinal will take place roughly 30 minutes following the conclusion of the first game, with an anticipated start time of 2:30 p.m. 

The National Championship will be held on Monday, May 27, at 1 p.m.

Where can I watch and live stream the NCAA Men's Lacrosse semifinals and final?

All three games will be aired on live television on ESPN2.

Each game is available for stream on WatchESPN.

How did each team get here?

The No. 1 overall seeded Penn State Nittany Lions have cruised into the Final Four. They defeated Loyola (Md.) 21-14 in the quarterfinals after beating UMBC 25-10 in the first round. Penn State has lost just one game all season and should be the favorites to take home the title.

In one of the best games of the tournament, Yale narrowly edged University of Pennsylvania 19-18 in the quarterfinal for the opportunity to face Penn State in the semifinals. Yale defeated Georgetown in their opening game of the tournament.

In a controversy game-tying goal with just seconds remaining, Virginia edged out Maryland 13-12 in overtime for a spot in the semifinals. They cruised by Robert Morris, 19-10, in their first-round matchup.

The third one-goal victory of the quarterfinals belonged to Duke, who defeated Notre Dame 14-13 in the quarterfinals. The Blue Devils have been tested throughout the tournament, as they just slid by Richmond, 12-11, in their opening matchup.

If the past couple rounds are any indication, his weekend should bring exciting lacrosse for everyone.

Terrapins get huge commitment from 7-foot-2 internet phenom Chol Marial

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Terrapins get huge commitment from 7-foot-2 internet phenom Chol Marial

The Maryland Terrapins just added a huge piece to their 2019 recruiting class. Literally. 

The Terps officially signed 7-foot-1 center Chol Marial (AZ Compass Prep, Chandler, Arizona), the team announced Monday. 

Depending on who you ask, Marial is either a three-star, 210-pound or a four-star, 220-pound recruit (247Sports, ESPN), but he's unquestionably taller than seven feet. He also has a 7-foot-11 wingspan that Maryland coach Mark Turgeon expects will make him "an excellent rim protector."

"I've watched Chol the last three years and I can't say enough about him as both a person and a basketball player," Turgeon said in a release from Maryland, which lists Marial at 7-foot-2 and 230 pounds. 

"One of the top players in his class when healthy, Chol's tremendous size and length make him an excellent rim protector. Chol possesses a humble demeanor and a strong work ethic that will fit well with our family. We can't wait to have him in College Park and look forward to helping him reach his dreams."

Originally from Rumbek, South Sudan, Marial moved to the U.S. as a middle-schooler in 2014. He also previously attended IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. 

ESPN ranks Marial as the No. 2 center in Arizona and the No. 14 center nationally, while 247Sports says he's No. 6 and No. 26 in those two respective categories.

He visited Maryland on April 26, according to 247Sports, and also received offers from Georgetown, Florida State, Arizona State, Iowa, UConn and West Virginia.

"I want to thank Coach Turgeon for giving me this opportunity," Marial said in a release from the school. "Coach Turgeon and I have gotten along really well and I really enjoyed spending time with the rest of the coaching staff and players. Bruno Fernando and I have similar backgrounds and I saw how much he improved as a player at Maryland. I'm looking forward to getting better every day and playing for Terp Nation."