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Georgetown Basketball: November 2000 News Archive

Radio Schedule Clarified 11/26/00

GUHoyas.com has now posted radio station coverage for the 2000-01 season. As was the case last year, games will be rotated among a lineup that includes Washington area stations WTEM-980, WWRC-570, and WGAY-1260 (the former WWDC-AM). At present, only WTEM-980 broadcasts on the Internet, so the first game broadcast online is scheduled for Saturday versus Nicholls State.

Georgetown 76, Minnesota 60 11/26/00

A balanced offensive attack led Georgetown to a 76-60 victory over Minnesota in the final of the Hawaii Pacific Thanksgiving Classic, Georgetown's first in-season tournament title since the Sacramento Holiday Classic in December 1994.

The Hoyas scored the first eight points of the game and led by nineteen at the half, then saw its lead pared to nine midway through the second half before building the lead back to double digits. Kevin Braswell (18 points) and Demetrius Hunter (10 first half points, 15 overall) were productive in the backcourt while center Ruben Boumtje-Boumtje was in mid-season form, collecting 11 rebounds and 3 blocks while recording only two fouls in 28 minutes of action. The Gophers (4-1) were held to 28 percent shooting for the evening and only 19 percent in the first half.

The Georgetown newcomers continue to impress. Gerald Riley scored his third 14 point point performance in as many games, matching the consecutive game totals of Mike Sweetney, who scored 19 points in his first three games this season. Wesley Wilson saw limited action in the Minnesota game, but averaged 12 points per game in the Central Florida and Charleston games.

Three stats from the tournament that should be a positive for any Hoya fan: 1) field goal percentages have stayed above 45 percent in all three games, 2) scoring contributions were received from all five starters (each averaging over 9 points per game) and 3) turnovers are down.

Here are links to coverage of the game:

  • GUHoyas.com
  • Associated Press via Yahoo
  • Team Photo After Game (AP via Excite)
  • Washington Post
  • Official Minnesota Web Page
  • Minneapolis Star-Tribune
  • St. Paul Pioneer Press
    Georgetown 79, College of Charleston 68 11/25/00

    A second half defensive stand powered the Georgetown Hoyas to its first 3-0 start in four years Saturday, a 79-68 win over the College of Charleston in the second round of the Hawaii Pacific Thanksgiving Classic.

    The Cougars (3-1) are often underrated, but their record over the past seven years (seven straight seasons of 23 or more wins) makes them a tough team in any early season tournament. The hoyas found this out early, trailing by as many as eight in the first half. A late Georgetown run brought the deficit to 33-32 at half, but the Hoyas poor free throw shooting 4 for 10) and eight early turnovers put the "C of C" in front at the break.

    Charleston's lead grew back to nine points midway in the second half, but the Georgetown guard play improved as the Cougars struggled from the field. Charleston went nearly nine minutes without a field goal late in the game as the Hoyas crawled back, helped by improved play from Kevin Braswell (16 points) and Demetrius Hunter (10 points). The Cougars were also hurt by foul-outs to two key Charleston players, further deflating their upset hopes.

    The Hoyas also turned things around when it counted from the foul line--from a 4 for 10 first half, the G-men sank 14 of their final 17 free throws when it counted the most.For the third consecutive game, Mike Sweetney scored 19 points--if that's not a record for consecutive point totals by one player, it must be pretty close. Other fine performances were turned in by Kevin Braswell, Gerald Riley (14 points), and Wesley Wilson 912 points), filling in for Ruben Boumtje-Boumtje, who was saddled with early foul problems and played only 12 minutes.

    "The College of Charleston is a very good team, I feel they are an NCAA tournament team and they had us sweating, "said Coach Esherick. "We may not get a lot of credit for this win, but among coaches this is the kind of game that tells a lot about a team."

    Here are additional links to the game:

    Georgetown 77, Central Florida 65 11/24/00

    Georgetown advanced in the first round of the Hawaii Pacific Thanksgiving Classic with a 77-65 win over Central Florida Friday in Honolulu.

    The Hoyas relied on a front court effort of Sweetney, Gerald Riley (14 points), and Wesley Wilson (12 points, 6 rebounds) to maintain the advantage up front. Joined by Ruben Boumtje-Boumtje (7 points in limited action), the Hoyas blocked 13 shots and held the Knights to 38 percent shooting for the game. The Hoya defense was particularly effective in stopping UCF from outside shooting, holding the Knights to 1 for 14 shooting from three point range. Despite the shooting futility, Central Florida was down only 31-26 at half, buoyed by 14 offensive rebounds in the first half.

    Georgetown opened the lead to nine early in the second half and never trailed thereafter. "Our new people played quite well," Coach Esherick said. "Mike [Sweetney] and Gerald [Riley] played with good intensity and Wesley [Wilson] gave us some good minutes off the bench." The reliance on the inside game allowed GU to shoot nearly 47 percent from the field, which helped compensate for poor three point shooting (2 for 9) and a combined 4 for 21 shooting by Kevin Braswell and Demetrius Hunter. UCF's rebounding was largely shut down in the second half, allowing the G-men to build a 19 point lead in the final minutes before UCF added some late baskets.

    Here are some links to the game:

    Georgetown Graduation Rates Among NCAA's Best 11/20/00

    An NCAA study of graduation rates notes Georgetown among a select group of schools in high graduation rates, according to the Washington Post.

    Georgetown, Northwestern, Holy Cross, and Lafayette were each cited as the only Division I schools having graduated every entering student-athlete who completed their eligibility over a 10-year period from the freshman classes of 1984 to 1993, as reported in the 2000 survey. (For survey purposes, athletes have up to seven years to complete their studies and/or eligibility).

    The overall graduation rate among Division I athletes in the survey is 58 percent.

    "It's a tremendous accomplishment," senior associate athletic director Patricia Thomas told the Post. "However, it's consistent with the goals and mission of this athletic department."

    Coach Esherick Talks To Washington Times 11/20/00

    For reasons not quite understood, the Washington Times only posts a small number of daily sports articles online, few of them college related. It's a real plus, therefore, when we can link to Barker Davis' articles in the Times, such as this one talking with coach Craig Esherick.

    Recruiting and scheduling (including three high profile opponents under discussion) are cited, as well as Coach Esherick's thoughts on renovations to 49 year old McDonough Gymnasium, a cause which Esherick has been prominent in his support.

    "It's on the 10-year plan now. And what we have to do is get it built sooner than five years," he said.

    Recommended reading.

    Georgetown 85, Bethune Cookman 75 11/17/00

    The Georgetown frontcourt helped the Hoyas steer past Bethune Cookman 85-75 Friday night at McDonough Gymnasium.

    Senior Ruben Boumtje-Boumtje (28 points, 10 rebounds) and freshman Mike Sweetney (19 points, 9 rebounds) led the Hoyas, holding off a Wildcat team that shot 50 percent (10 for 20) from three point range to stay close throughout. By contrast, Georgetown's three point shooting was in usual form, with a 2 for 13 showing, and the G-men were only 25-39 from the line.

    Here are links to the game coverage. Due to office moves at the online division of the Washington Post, no online recap was posted at their site.

    No game recap was posted at the Daytona News Journal.

    Boumtje-Boumtje Awaits Senior Year 11/17/00

    The Washington Post has an interview with senior Ruben Boumtje-Boumtje heading into the season. Although he has an extra year of eligibility, Coach Esherick is quoted as saying he wouldn't expect to see Boumtje-Boumtje use it.

    "He and I had a conversation about that this summer," Esherick told the Post. "He'll have his degree [pre-med and mathematics]. And I don't think he needs any more college basketball. Unless the roof caves in, he'll be a first-round draft choice. He's ready."

    Bill Russell Talks About NBA Hoyas 11/17/00

    The New York Post featured an interview with Hall of Famer Bill Russell. Check the link for his thoughts about recent headlines about Patrick Ewing, Alonzo Mourning, and Allen Iverson.

    John Thompson Classic Scheduled 11/16/00

    When we first heard about a tournament in Fayetteville, Arkansas called the "Thompson Foundation Challenge Classic", without any mention of the Hall of Fame Coach, it sounded like something named in honor of a local Arkansas businessman rather than the Georgetown coach. In fact, this weekend's tournament at the University of Arkansas is a fundraiser for the John Thompson Foundation, according to the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.

    The newspaper notes that Arkansas, Georgetown, Temple and UMass were once sought for the four team tournament, but instead it will be Arkansas, Tennessee State, Southern Mississippi and Louisiana Tech.

    The tournament is expected to rotate annually across the country, according to sports promoter Russ Potts.

    Hoyas Win Exhibition Finale 11/10/00

    Kevin Braswell's 16 points led Georgetown to a 87-72 win over the Latvia Select Team at McDonough Gymnasium last Friday night. Game reports can be found at links to GUHoyas.com, The HOYA, and the Washington Post, along with the box score.

    Scruggs Ruled Ineligible For Fall 11/7/00

    Senior forward Lee Scruggs was declared academically ineligible for the fall, as first reported last week on The HOYA's web site.

    "Lee allowed himself to be distracted from academic concerns last spring by both his late season play and by the possibilities of the NBA draft," Coach Esherick said in a press release. "This was reflected in his schoolwork."

    "I've spoken with Lee at length and I believe he has recommitted himself to concentrating on his scholastic responsibilities," Esherick continued. "I feel confident he will be back in good academic standing by the end of the semester."

    Scruggs will not suit up with the team but will be allowed to practice. The earliest possible game Scruggs could return would be the Maryland-Eastern Shore game on Dec. 22.

    DC Board Approves GU Facilities Plan 11/7/00

    The Washington D.C. Board of Zoning Adjustment has given conditional approval to Georgetown's 10-year comprehensive master plan for campus construction, according to The HOYA.

    While there are some issues regarding enrollment to be finalized, the approval for facilities includes the two-tiered football and lacrosse facility on what is now Harbin Field.

    The project can't start right away due primarily to funding, as well as the current dormitory construction projects. However, a significant hurdle has been cleared towards better athletic facilities for the University.

    “We’ve done a feasibility study. We know we can do this,” said athletic director Joseph Lang. “The attempt is to establish a sense of place [for on-campus athletics].”

    Georgetown Signs Four Recruits 11/1/00

    Last week marked the beginning of the fall signing period for recruits for the 2001-02 season. The Washington Post and various recruiting web sites have tabbed four recruits, including three from Montrose (MD) Christian Academy, as likely signees for Georgetown. The University posted its official release Friday confirming the four signees for the class of 2005.


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