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Georgetown loses local 2020 four-star recruit as Terrance Williams decommits

Georgetown loses local 2020 four-star recruit as Terrance Williams decommits

Gonzaga College High School senior forward Terrance Williams has opened his recruitment after decommitting from Georgetown on Thursday.

In a post on his Twitter account, Williams says "[a]fter consultation with my family and coach, I have made the decision to reopen my college recruitment. I thank Coach (Patrick) Ewing, the Georgetown Univesity coaching staff, and the great Hoya fans for their interest and support. I wish the team all the best for the remainder of the season and beyond."

Williams, a four-star recruit, was one of the top commitments in the Ewing era as head coach. The 6-6 power forward was ranked 78th overall in the 2020 class and 15th for his position according to ESPN. More notably, he is one of the top five players out of his class from the D.C. area. His commitment to Georgetown represented a great local grab and a return to fostering the talent within the DMV.

Williams did not sign a letter of intent to attend Georgetown earlier this fall for the early signing period, despite committing to the program in July.

Before his commitment, Notre Dame, George Washington, Towson, George Mason, Long Beach State, Michigan, DePaul, N.C. State, South Carolina, Stanford, and Virginia had shown interest according to Verbal Commits

Williams' decommitment comes in wake of players facing legal issues and two players leaving the program altogether. Only three days separate Williams' decision and the announcement from the team. The reason for starting point guard James Akinjo leaving the Hoyas is still unknown. 

Georgetown still faces uncertainty as they figure how to navigate the next several months of the season. As for now, it has resulted in three players leaving the program. 

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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