No upset: Monmouth blasts Georgetown


No upset: Monmouth blasts Georgetown

Other than the location and month, the vibe felt familiar from the start. 

Georgetown's upsetting NCAA Tournament losses to Florida Gulf Coast and other low-major conference schools oozing shock-the-world confidence took place at neutral sites and in March. Tuesday's 83-68 loss against Monmouth occurred on the Hoyas home court and 10 day before Christmas. Lump of coal indeed. 

Actually, there was another difference. This wasn't an upset. 

Not only did the Hawks (7-3) soar past the Hoyas (6-4) with relative ease, leading by double figures much of the game and by as many as 18 points, they've done this before. Monmouth gained notoriety for its player antics on the bench, but earned national attention with early season wins at UCLA and over Notre Dame and Southern Cal. 

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One thing the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference program had never done before? Beat a current member of the Big East. Before Tuesday, 0-30. 

Losing to a non-traditional power at home, that's something Georgetown has done this year. That season-opening, double-overtime loss to Radford last month could be explained away if one desired. The team loaded with underclassmen looked past the upstart with heavyweights Maryland and Wisconsin on deck and got caught. 

Only the truly blue and gray faithful could find some excuse with a loss that snapped a five-game winning streak and struck fear into those watching with their eyes open. Despite Monmouth's giant killer reputation, Georgetown was lifeless early and misfired throughout. The Hoyas went 21 of 33 from the free throw line, 7 of 29 on 3-point attempts (24.1%) and shot 32.8 percent from the field. 

Showing no fear from the start, Monmouth took command with crisp passing, 3-point bombs and stingy defense. The Hawks made 10 of 20 3-pointers often with momentum-crushing results. Their aggressive offense also led to a constant stream of free throws. They made 31 of 37 including 24 of 30 in the second half. Guard Je'lon Hornbeak scored 18 points with only one basket as he made 15 of 16 free throws. 

Georgetown led in the first minute and only for all of 80 seconds. Whenever the Big East power showed hints of rally time, the MAAC School pushed Goliath back. Leading by 11 midway through the first half and 39-27 at halftime, Monmouth extended the margin to 17 at 62-45. 

Georgetown scored the next six points, but right as the crowd was ready to think comeback, Monmouth guard Micah Seaborn sank a 3-pointer before the shot clock expired for a 65-51 lead with 5:52 left. The Hawks soon took their largest lead at 69-51. The remaining fans were soon focused on winning free chicken sandwiches. 

When playing major conference opponents, the Hoyas have looked like they belong. Projecting a run in the NCAA Tournament seems fair. When playing schools without big reputations, the Hoyas have looked underwhelming.

The Hoyas close their seven-game homestand Saturday against UNC Asheville. With a win, they finish the stretch 6-1. That's good, but that one number in the right column won't soon be forgotten. 

• Senior center Bradley Hayes grabbed 11 rebounds, but went 0 for 4 from the field and was lost throughout defensively. Monmouth frequently found wide open players in the lane. Hayes was the talk of the early season with his impressive improvement, but he's taken a step back of late. 

* Georgetown held opponents to 31.1 percent shooting on 3-pointers entering Tuesday.

* Freshman center Jessie Govan scored a season-high 14 points. 

• The Hoyas' assists to turnover ratio remains unimpressive. They finished with 13 assists and 11 turnovers and are now 146-141) on the season.

• By scoring 10 points, Smith-Rivera passed Allen Iverson for 14th place on Georgetown's All-Time scoring list. Of course, Iverson generated all of his points in only two seasons.

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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.