Georgetown, GW part of Saturday's Quadheader of D.C. college hoops


Georgetown, GW part of Saturday's Quadheader of D.C. college hoops

Attend four Division 1 men's basketball games in one day without leaving the city limits. If this sounds like a dream, Saturday is the day for you. Georgetown, American, Howard and George Washington all play at their respective home courts with start times that make such a hoops whirlwind tour possible. Now, the details and directions.

12:00 p.m.: Georgetown (9-6, 2-1 Big East) vs. DePaul (6-9, 0-3)

Where: Verizon Center, 601 F Street NW

Why:  Start your odyssey with a talented Georgetown team heading down a path of uncertainty. If the Hoyas have any shot at competing for the Big East title and an NCAA Tournament at-large bid, they not only need to compile at least 12-14 conference wins, but they cannot afford any more RPI-damaging losses. Losing to the Blue Demons works against all of that. Georgetown, losers at Creighton earlier in the week, won at DePaul 70-58 last month as D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera and Isaac Copeland each scored 15 points.

2:00 p.m. - American (2-12, 0-3 Patriot) vs. Lehigh (3-11, 1-2)

Where: Bender Arena

Directions from Verizon Center (5.0 miles):  Straight up Massachusetts Avenue NW. Should take 20-25 minutes unless Dupont Circle traffic or some random Embassy Row protest slows you down. Cross Ward Circle and immediately look left. That is unless you want good deli. Then go straight for a few blocks and then go straight for the corned beef on rye at Wagshal's.

Why: This is the toughest sell based on matchup and geography, but you cannot finish the grand slam without it. Rough year for the Eagles, but AUHoops podcast host Jake Lloyd likes the future for the current freshman class led by forward Delante Jones.

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4:00 p.m. - Howard (7-9, 1-1 MEAC) vs. Coppin State (2-13, 0-2)

Where: Burr Gymnasium

Directions from Bender Arena (5.1 miles):  Get back on Massachusetts Avenue, but you're not going all the way back to Chinatown. Go about 2.1 miles and turn left on Waterside Drive. Hit Rock Creek Parkway, but don't hit any of the bicyclists even if they don't follow the rules of the road. Take a slight right onto Beach Drive and then the exit toward National Zoo. Then 18th street to Columbia Road to Harvard Street to 5th street to Gresham Place. Done.

Why: Seeing four local games in one day is rare. Same goes for seeing the nation's top scorer. Junior guard James Daniel leads all D1 players with 28.5 points per game. He's already scored at least 30 points six times including a season-high 39 in a win over William & Mary.

8:00 p.m. - George Washington (12-3, 1-1 Atlantic 10) vs. Duquesne (10-5, 0-2)

Where: Smith Center

Directions from Burr Gymnasium (3.4 miles): Even coach potatoes like yours truly could head down 13th Street toward Foggy Bottom and walk this distance in the four hours between games. In the age of Uber, why bother.  Plenty of good spots in the area for dinner or a pre-game hang - Tonic at 2036 G Street comes to mind. As for where to sit inside the Smith Center, my favorite place in town for college hoops watching, get a good spot where you can observe coach Mike Lonergan's sideline antics. If you're starting to drag by this point in the day, drafting off Lonergan's energy should do you right. He also does the X's and O's thing rather nicely.

Why: GW remains in good shape for the A-10 race and an NCAA Tournament at-large bid, but the 65-62 loss at St. Louis Wednesday surely stings more than just another L. The Colonials led by seven points with 3:47 left -- and then never scored again. With a string of challenging conference games on the horizon, beating the Dukes becomes important for momentum and the standings. 

Whether you'll be in good shape after four games in one day probably depends on your love of the game. If a quadheader is something even worth considering, then enthusiasm will be the least of your concerns.

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Wilmer Difo homers but Phillies top Nats


Wilmer Difo homers but Phillies top Nats

WASHINGTON -- Rhys Hoskins hit a two-run homer, Vince Velasquez pitched five effective innings and the Philadelphia Phillies snapped Washington's six-game win streak with a 3-1 victory over the Nationals on Saturday.

Velasquez (2-4) allowed one run and one hit in his first win since April 7. He also struck out four, walked four and hit a batter.

Edubray Ramos, Tommy Hunter, Luis Garcia and Hector Neris then combined for four innings of one-hit relief. Neris earned his sixth save.

Trea Turner led off the Washington ninth with a walk and was running when Matt Wieters popped out to short right field. Turner, who slid into second, lost track of the ball and was easily doubled off first.

Wilmer Difo homered for Washington. Third baseman Anthony Rendon went 0 for 2 with two walks after missing 19 games with what the team called a contusion to his toe.

Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark (2-3) tied his season high with nine strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. He was charged with three runs and six hits.

Andrew Stevenson accounted for Washington's other hit, a one-out single in the sixth. Pedro Severino followed with a walk, but Ramos induced a double-play grounder from Rafael Bautista.

Cesar Hernandez opened the game with a single off Roark and Hoskins homered to center on a 3-2 pitch. It was his fifth of the season.

Maikel Franco provided an insurance run when he followed Carlos Santana's one-out triple with a single in the sixth.


Phillies: RHP Ben Lively (lower back strain) threw 20 pitches in a bullpen session. Lively was placed on the disabled list April 27. ... Manager Gabe Kapler said RHP Pat Neshek (shoulder strain) will throw a bullpen session as the next step in his rehabilitation. Neshek has not appeared in a game this season.

Nationals: 1B Ryan Zimmerman was scratched from the lineup due to stiffness in his side, according to manager Dave Martinez. ... RHP Trevor Gott, who sprained an ankle in the sixth inning Friday night, is day to day.


The winners of the last three NL Cy Young Awards square off when Philadelphia's Jake Arrieta (3-1, 3.49 ERA) opposes Max Scherzer (6-1, 1.79 ERA). Arrieta won the award in 2015 with the Cubs and Scherzer, the National League Pitcher of the Month for April, has claimed the honor each of the last two seasons.

Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State


Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State

The pieces are starting to come together for Patrick Ewing.

On Monday the Georgetown Hoyas picked up perhaps the biggest (literally and figuratively) target of the transfer market, Omer Yurtseven.

From North Carolina State, the transfer from Istanbul Turkey will have two years remaining of eligibility. Due to NCAA transfer rules, he is not allowed to play for the 2018-19 season.


Standing at 7-0, the center helped power the Wolfpack to an NCAA tournament bid this past season. Averaging 13.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks a contest, Yurstseven earned All-ACC Third Team honors in the 2017-18 season. He also touted a 58.3 shooting percentage and was not afraid to pull it up from deep either (22 made three-pointers).

NC State lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to No. 8 Seton Hall, but he was limited due to foul trouble with only two points and two rebounds in 14 minutes of play.

Initially, he is the option to fill the void that Jessie Govan will leave, whether that is during this offseason or next. Already the team has lost power forward Marcus Derrickson

Yurtseven will just be another frontcourt talent for Ewing with the Hoyas.

It was widely reported that he was considering playing options, both in the United States and abroad before this announcement. Easily he has the talent to go in first round of the NBA Draft whichever year he declares.

On the same day, the Hoyas also announced the signing of four-star guard James Akinjo.