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Stunner: Radford upsets Georgetown

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Stunner: Radford upsets Georgetown

WASHINGTON -- Tuesday's Georgetown-Maryland game, the first regular season meeting between the local programs since 1993, oozes anticipation. It just won't be a battle of undefeated teams. Blame the Hoyas, but certainly credit Radford.

Needing frantic finishes at the end of regulation and the first overtime just to stay alive, the Hoyas couldn't muster a final save as Rashun Davis' 3-pointer with 0.7 seconds left in double overtime propelled Radford to a stunning 82-80 win over the Big East power. 

Georgetown (0-1) had numerous chances to pull away from Highlanders, who lost by 27 points in this matchup last season. Instead, the Hoyas, sporting a youthful rotation with mostly underclassmen, suffered their first season opening home loss since coach John Thompson III's first game at Georgetown in 2004. 

Senior D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera scored all 15 of his points in the second half including a layup to put the Hoyas up 80-78 with 1:03 left, but Georgetown never scored again. After L.J. Peak's missed 3-pointer for the Hoyas, Davis moved into the frontcourt and from the left wing calmly sank his third 3-pointer of the game. The senior guard finished with 28 points in the first win over Georgetown by any Big South school in 13 tries.

Senior center Bradley Hayes had 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Hoyas.

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The back and forth action, while thrilling for the casual college basketball fan, put the home crowd on edge. The Hoyas blew an eight-point second half lead and trailed by five with 33 seconds left when Isaac Copeland buried a 3-pointer. On the inbounds pass, Peak wrestled the ball away and muscled in the game-tying layup with 22 seconds left. Fouled on the play, Peak missed the go-ahead free throw, but Radford's YaYa Anderson's jumper missed everything on Radford's final possession.

Down 71-68 with 40 seconds left in the first overtime, the Hoyas forced three turnovers to tie the game.

After making 19 of 20 free throws in the first half for a 33-33 tie, the Hoyas went 4 of 12 over the rest of the game including 2 of 7 in the extra sessions. They also finished with 17 turnovers versus 14 assists.

With Maryland, Wisconsin and either Duke or VCU up next, perhaps the young Hoyas looked ahead and Radford. Eiither way, the possibility of an 0-4 start is in play for a team expected to challenge for the Big East title.

Hustle plays -- The Hoyas were consistently a step slow getting to the ball throughout, including 50-50 balls. Despite a size disadvantage, the Highlanders grabbed 15 offensive rebounds and finished with a 43-37 advantage on the glass.

Lineup --  Thompson wouldn't divulge his starting 5 at Thursday's media session other than the obvious Smith-Rivera. Isaac Copeland and Peak were no-brainers. Less so for Hayes and freshman Marcus Derrickson, but that's where Thompson turned. It was the first career start for Hayes, who shined in the NCAA Tournament win over Eastern Washington. Derrickson provides the lineup with a stretch-4 option though he went 0 for 3 from beyond the arc. 

Shorthanded -- Sophomore Paul White was ruled out with a hip injury for precautionary reasons, the school announced pregame. He should be available for Tuesday's game at Maryland. The 6-foot-8 forward averaged 5.0 points and 2.8 rebound in 33 games last season. Georgetown already lost big man transfer Akoy Agau (knee) for the season. No White bumped up Reggie Cameron into the nine-man rotation.

DSR watch --   Smith-Rivera entered the season 19th on Georgetown's All-Time scoring list with 1,386 points. Based on his previous season averages, the senior has a chance to crack the top-5. Based on his 15 points, DSR moved past Charles Smith (1,398) for 18th place. Smith-Rivera did so in 28 fewer games.

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Wilmer Difo homers but Phillies top Nats

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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.

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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.