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Reynolds runs for three touchdowns in Navy's 28-18 win over UConn

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Reynolds runs for three touchdowns in Navy's 28-18 win over UConn

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds ran 28 times for 142 yards and three touchdowns and threw for another score as Navy beat UConn 28-18 on Saturday.

The win is the seventh in a row for the Midshipmen, who are 3-0 for the first time since 2006.

Reynolds had touchdown runs of 10, 4 and 10 yards to give him 73 for his career, second in NCAA history behind former Wisconsin star Monte Ball, who ran for 77.

The senior threw the ball just four times, but completed three of those, including a 19-yard touchdown to Jamir Tillman.

Navy had 343 yards of offense, 303 of them on the ground. Fullback Chris Swain ran 10 times for 58 yards.

Bryant Shirreffs threw for 219 yards and two scores for UConn, which falls to 2-2 after a 2-0 start this season. Freshman receiver Tyraiq Beals caught six passes for 63 yards and a score for the Huskies.

Shirreffs hit tight end Tommy Myers with a 6-yard touchdown pass that made it a 10-point game after a 2-point conversion with just over seven minutes left. The Huskies recovered the onside kick, but turned the ball over on downs, ending the comeback threat.

Navy's senior quarterback has rushed for 3,491 yards and is now second on Navy's all-time rushing list behind former running back Napoleon McCallum, who ran for 4,179 yards from 1981-85.

Reynolds had 93 yards rushing by halftime after leading Navy to touchdowns on each of its three first-half possessions.

His 10-yard touchdown run capped their opening 62-yard drive. They went 85 yards on their second, and led 14-3 when Jamir Tillman out-jumped UConn's Jamar Summers in the end zone to pull down a 19-yard touchdown pass. That was the 24th touchdown pass of Reynolds' career and came on just his second pass attempt of the game.

Reynolds also scored on a 4-yard run with 2 seconds remaining in the half, capping a 14-play drive.

His 10-yard touchdown run in the third quarter made it 28-10 and moved him past Texas running back Ricky Williams on the all-time list.

UConn moved the ball, putting up 325 yards of offense, including 186 in the first half.

But, the Huskies had to settle for a 38-yard field goal on their opening drive. They decided to pass up a 31-yard attempt on their second possession and were left with no points after Shirreffs missed a wide-open Max DeLorenzo on fourth down.

Beals later got behind the Navy defense and caught a 39-yard touchdown pass from Shirreffs to cut the Navy lead to 14-10.

UConn's defense came into the game ranked 18th in the nation and had been giving up 126 yards a game on the ground. Navy had 190 yards rushing by halftime.

Navy converted its first seven third-down attempts. The team's first punt, midway through the third quarter, pinned the Huskies inside the 1-yard line

Georgetown gets a boost with Jessie Govan returning to school

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Georgetown gets a boost with Jessie Govan returning to school

After testing the NBA Draft waters, Georgetown center Jessie Govan decided to return to the Hoyas for his senior season.

Govan announced his intention to return on Instagram a week before the final commitment deadline.

Returning to the Hoyas is definitely a boost to the program that will be in their second year under head coach Patrick Ewing.  At 6-10, Govan was the team’s leading scorer (17.9 ppg) and rebounder (10.0 rpg) averaging a double-double last season.

Paired alongside power forward Marcus Derrickson, the Hoyas were nearly unstoppable in the paint. Derrickson though decided to forgo his senior year and signed with an agent after the season.

Had Govan decided to leave that would have meant over 56 percent of the team’s scoring and rebounding would have departed (to graduation or professional pursuits) in a handful of months. Not the best outlook for a 15-win team that went 5-13 in the Big East.

Instead Ewing gets back his leading scorer that many believe he can mold as a young protégée. While in the draft process without an agent Govan had workouts with the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks. Both are valuable experiences that he will bring to a relatively young Georgetown squad.

Having Govan for one more year will bridge Ewing’s second season to transfer big-man, Omer Yurtseven to his first year of eligibility in 2019. They were set up to having a walk-on and two sophomores being the only returning Hoyas over 6-6 for the upcoming season.

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Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State

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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.

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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.