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W&M winning formula faces test at No. 5 JMU

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W&M winning formula faces test at No. 5 JMU

The Tribe take their two-game winning streak and new found offense on the road against the fifth-ranked Dukes tomorrow at 3:30 on CSN!

Piling up points and yards in recent weeks has turned William - Mary form a winless football squad to one victorious in two straight games. Expect James Madison's stingy defense to put the Tribe's new found formula to the test.

William - Mary (2-4, 1-2 CAA) looks to extend its winning streak to three games on the road Saturday (3:30 p.m., Comcast SportsNet) against the fifth-ranked Dukes (4-1, 2-0), also winners of two straight overall and undefeated in four FCS contests.

Over the last two games against Georgia State and at Penn, the Tribe averaged 34.5 points and 396.5 yards. Each victory came with a different quarterback leading the attack.

Brent Caprio, injured last month against Maryland, returned to the starting role against the Quakers with aplomb, completing 18-of-28 passes for 220 yards with two touchdowns in the 34-28 win. Sophomore Raphael Ortiz rushed for two touchdowns against Georgia State, but returned to the bench last week.

Regardless of which passer takes snaps at JMU's Bridgeforth Stadium, the Dukes CAA-leading scoring defense will be waiting. James Madison is allowing only 13.8 points, a total made even more impressive considering the Dukes surrendered 42 to West Virginia in their only non-FCS game. JMU is particularly forceful against the run, allowing only 102.2 rushing yards per game, also tops in the conference.

Linebacker Stephon Robertson earned national accolades after posting a career-high 15 tackles in last week's win over Towson. Redshirt-freshman defensive lineman Alex Mosley earned CAA Rookie of the Week honors after posting a career-high seven tackles and a generating a force fumble against the Tigers. His second career start came in JMU coach Mickey Matthews' 100th career victory.

Picking up nine turnovers courtesy of the defense and special teams during the two-game streak certainly helped W-M's cause. Senior outside linebacker Jabrel Mines tallied nine tackles including 1.5 for loss while forcing and recovering a fumble against Penn.

Stopping the Dukes passing attack, directed by junior quarterback Justin Thorpe, is the primary focus for Mines and company this week. Thorpe, who sports a 15-4 record against FCS opponents, has completed passes to 13 different receivers this season with senior tight end Brian Barlow (15 receptions, 225 yards) serving as his primary target.

James Madison leads the overall series 19-15, a record which includes three straight home wins two consecutive overall, both by six points.

 

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.