NCAA

Hoyas fall to No. 1 Indiana in OT

georgetown_thompson.png

Hoyas fall to No. 1 Indiana in OT

The game: Both teams had leads, both teams rallied, both teams had late game runs. Georgetown's surge came late in regulation, overcoming a seven-point deficit with 2:03 remaining to force overtime, only to have top-ranked Indiana open the extra session with six straight points and hold on for an 82-72 win in the finals of the Legends Classic in Brooklyn.

Coming off a career-high 23 points on Monday's win over No. 13 UCLA, Markel Starks paced the Hoyas with 20 points including four 3-pointers. The junior guard started stronger than he finished. The opposite could be said of Otto Porter, who scored 12 of his 15 points after halftime.

Porter's dashing layup with 4.6 remaining in regulation tied the game at 64 and came after he and Starks nailed consecutive 3-pointers to pull Georgetown within one. In overtime Starks fouled out along with Mikael Hopkins (11 points) and Jabril Trawick. Porter's fellow All-American candidate Cody Zeller and guard Jordan Hulls both led the Hoosiers (5-0) with 17 points. Indiana made 26 free throws, half coming during the extra five minutes.

Like last season, the Hoyas entered Thanksgiving week unranked and with high-profiles tournament games upcoming (then Hawaii, now New York). Like last season, Georgetown pulled off a quality win (then Memphis, now UCLA) and impressed in a tight loss (then Kansas, now Indiana). By the next rankings, John Thompson III's squad will no longer reside among the unranked.

The stat: Georgetown finished the game with 10 free attempts, only one coming in the first 30 minutes. Indiana took 36 and finished with a 26-9 edge in free throw scoring. Zeller and IU guard Yogi Ferrell each took more free throws than the Hoyas collectively. The Hoosiers went to the line a ton in overtime in part because they started the extra time with a 6-0 run -- four free throws included --and the Hoyas eventually had no choice but to foul.

The concern: If blame for the lack of free throws is required, focus on Georgetown being 3-point happy and lacking a consistent post game against Indiana. The Hoyas launched 26 shots from beyond the arc - made 11 - after averaging 15 attempts over the opening three games.  As is frequently the case, a hot start from distance could not be sustained as Georgetown shot 3 of 12 after halftime. Indiana bucked that notion; after making 6 of 10 in the first half, the Hoosiers drained 4 of 7 in the second half.

As for the interior scoring, Porter's poised mid-range game remains stellar though he shot better from deep (3 of 4 on 3's) than close, especially early with a 1 of 6 start. Hopkins occasionally found success inside and the crisp early ball movement led to opportunities around the rim, but overall Georgetown struggled for low post production. Greg Whittington scored 12 points. Six of his 10 attempts came from beyond the arc. The lengthy 6-foot-8  forward's habit of staying along the perimeter continued even when Indiana had the 6-foot Hulls defend him. Power forward Nate Lubick's nightmarish game included five turnovers and missing all three of his field goal attempts.

The development: Attempting to solidify his role in the Hoyas backcourt, Trawick made his most significant contribution on the season during a 10-1 second-half run. On three straight possessions, the sophomore guard factored into Georgetown's scoring with an assist followed by consecutive baskets including an assertive drive to the rim as the Hoyas pulled ahead 49-45. In that stretch the heady Trawick also forced a turnover by jumping in front of an unsuspecting Hoosier in the open court, causing a travel call.

The next game: Hoyas host Mount St. Mary's on Saturday at noon.

Wilmer Difo homers but Phillies top Nats

usatsi_10821197.jpg
USA TODAY Sports

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.

TRAINER'S ROOM

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.

UP NEXT

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

omer_yurtseven_usat.jpg
USA TODAY Sports

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.

MORE NCAA: TOP BUZZER BEATERS IN NCAA TOURNAMENT HISTORY

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.