Georgetown Basketball: November 2003 News Archive
Brandon Bowman scored a career high 30 points as the Georgetown Hoyas struggled past Delaware State, 63-54, before 5,003 at MCI Center Saturday.
The game started awkwardly for both teams. Even though it is in the midst of a six game road trip, DSU (0-2) failed to show up in its road uniforms. As a result, DSU wore home white and Georgetown settled for its "Carolina Blue" road jerseys. As such, DSU played like the home team for much of the first half, leading by as many as seven due to poor shooting by the Hoyas. Outside a 3-3 first half effort by Courtland Freeman, the rest of the team shot 2 for 11 at one point. A 9-0 run gave GU a brief lead at 25-23, but Del State scored on a late three to take back the lead at intermission, 26-25.
Georgetown gained back the lead early in the second half but found it hard to shake the Hornets. While Delaware State did its part, thanks to 27 turnovers, Georgetown's half-court execution suffered and its three point shooting (1 for 9) kept the score close. The Hornets were within six, 55-49, with 3:25 to play when Brandon Bowman sank a three pointer to give the Hoyas breathing room, and Bowman added free throws to help maintain the lead late. Bowman narrowly missed a school record for free throw shooting--after hitting his first 11, he missed his 12th in the final two minutes. A 12 for 12 effort would have eclipsed an 11-11 free throw mark set by Eric Floyd 23 years ago.
Bowman led all scorers with 30, with 20 in the second half and 16 of the Hoyas' final 28 points. Courtland Freeman added 13 and Gerald Riley 11. The most troubling statistic, as noted to the right, is rebounding. The fact that Delaware State, a team ranked 241st of 325 Division I teams in rebound margin in 2002-03, was able to out muscle the Hoyas on its home court does not bode well for future Big East games where inside play will be crucial.
Another worrisome statistic? Bench scoring--only one field goal in 27 minutes from the bench.
Here's the Georgetown half of the box score:
MIN 2FG 3FG FT REB A PF PTS Starters: Cook 35 1-3 0-3 0-0 3 3 1 2 Bowman 37 8-13 1-2 11-12 4 1 4 30 Owens 35 2-3 0-0 0-0 3 3 2 4 Riley 38 3-9 0-2 5-6 3 0 2 11 Freeman 28 5-8 0-0 3-6 6 0 3 13 Reserves: Reed 13 1-3 0-1 1-2 0 1 1 3 Causey 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 Kilk.-Diaw 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 0 Dizdarevic 9 0-0 0-1 0-0 0 0 2 0 Team Rebounds 2 Totals 200 20-41 1-9 20-26 22 8 15 63 DNP: Faulkner, Izzo, Ross, Beal Assist to Turnover Ratio: 0.67: 8 ast, 12 to
Post-game reports follow below.
On the eve of Saturday's game with Delaware State, assistant coach Chuck Driesell was featured in this link to the Washington Times.
The Times asked former Maryland coach Charles [Lefty] Driesell about the idea of a Driesell coaching at Georgetown.
"I think it's great," Lefty said. "Georgetown is one of the top academic schools, it has a great basketball tradition and it's in a wonderful location. It's a great opportunity for Chuck."
No additional word has been posted in the media on the condition of former All-American guard Victor Page (ex'99), who was listed in critical condition Wednesday after being shot in an apparent drive-by shooting in southeast Washington.
According to media reports posted below, Page was shot three times on Tuesday while sitting in a car in the 2600 block of Birney Place, S.E., near the intersection of Interstate 295 and the Suitland Parkway, in the Barry Farms neighborhood of southeast Washington. He was transported by Medivac helicopter to Washington Hospital Center. Police have no suspects announced to date. A photo published on the WRC-TV web site shows multiple shots fired into the car.
Page left Georgetown after his sophomore season to pursue the NBA, but was not drafted. He spent four years in the CBA and most recently has been a member of a traveling exhibition team known as the DC Legends.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Page and his family at this time.
News links are provided below:
The Pre-Game Report for Coastal Carolina warned Hoya fans that there were some land mines on this schedule...and Georgetown may have just steered past one.
An 11-0 run in the last five minutes turned a one point lead into a lead the Hoyas would not relinquish, via a 81-68 win over Coastal Carolina Tuesday before 4,189 at MCI Center.
Whether a result of fatigue (its third game in five days), focus, or a veteran CCU squad, Georgetown appeared sluggish throughout much of the game. The Hoyas missed 12 of its first 17 shots as Coastal (1-2) took an early 14-12 lead. Georgetown led by as many as five in the half, but settled for a 33-30 lead at intermission.
Georgetown opened early in the half with a 15-4 run that built a 12 point lead, but the Chanticleers weren't going away so quickly. The Chanticleers fought back on a 16-5 run of its own to close the lead to 53-52, and was within one at 60-59 with 4:52 left.
The Hoyas took control thanks to guard Ashanti Cook. Cook's bucket and a foul shot increased the lead to 63-59, and added another two and a foul a minute and a half later to increase the lead to 70-59. Georgetown connected on eight of nine free throws down the stretch to cement the win.
The Hoyas featured balanced scoring, with four players in double figures, including freshman Ray Reed, with his second straight game in double figures off the bench. Georgetown shot 41% for the game, but only 3-14 from three point range. For the game, GU was 28-35 from the line compared to only 7 of 11 from the line for Coastal.
Here's the Georgetown half of the box score:
MIN 2FG 3FG FT REB A PF PTS Starters: Cook 36 4-10 0-2 4-4 6 3 0 16 Bowman 27 2-8 0-3 4-6 3 3 2 8 Freeman 29 4-7 0-0 1-4 6 0 1 9 Riley 24 6-12 0-3 4-4 6 3 4 16 Owens 32 2-6 2-4 3-4 10 3 4 13 Reserves: Reed 21 2-3 0-1 10-11 4 1 0 14 Causey 8 0-1 0-0 2-2 1 0 0 2 Kilk.-Diaw 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 Dizdarevic 4 0-0 1-1 0-0 3 0 1 3 DNP: Faulkner, Izzo, Ross, Beal TOTALS 200 20-45 3-14 28-35 39 13 12 81
The New York Post is reporting in Wednesday's editions that St. John's University will announce a major renovation to Alumni Hall, its on-campus gym, to make it competitive with on-campus facilities at other Big East schools.
Sources tell the Post that the upgrades will provide not only renovated home court seating, but practice courts, locker rooms, offices, and a weight training facility. "It is considered to be the most ambitious undertaking by a university that does not play Division I-A football since Connecticut built Gampel Pavilion in 1990," writes the Post.
St. John's coach Mike Jarvis has publicly prodded the school to get moving on improvements, saying that St. John's is struggling to remain competitive with recruits and other Big East schools due to its facilities. The Red Storm are 0-2 to date this year with losses to Marquette and Fairfield.
Alumni Hall was built in 1961 and lists an capacity of 6,008 seats. By contrast, Georgetown's McDonough Gym was built in 1951 and now seats only 2,200, the smallest capacity of any conference basketball facility.
"We talk so glibly about athletes who leave it all on the field; who sacrifice blood, sweat and tears; who give that admirable, if hyperbolic, 110 percent, that, when we finally meet a man who has actually given the last drop of his talent and will to a game, we have no words to describe what he’s done. So let a name stand for the idea. And in the future, when someone asks what it means to really give everything, tell them “Alonzo Mourning.” That will say it all."--Mike Celizic, MSNBC.com
The NBA career of Georgetown's Alonzo Mourning (C'92) ended abruptly Monday when it was announced that Mourning's ongoing kidney illness has forced his retirement from the game.
"It is with great sadness that I make this announcement,” said New Jersey Nets president Rod Thorn in an official release. “Alonzo is a true champion and a very courageous athlete who attempted to defy the odds with his comeback to the NBA. Unfortunately, his medical condition will not allow him to continue his basketball career. Our thoughts and prayers are with him as he continues his fight against this disease.”
"In recent weeks, his kidney function has rapidly deteriorated. I, in consultation with team physicians, have concluded that it is no longer medically safe for him to play basketball," said Columbia University specialist Dr. Gerald Appel. "Alonzo will need a kidney transplant in the near future to correct his progressive renal failure, and a nationwide search is currently underway to find a prospective donor," said Dr. Appel.
"I spoke with Alonzo last night regarding his situation," said Patrick Ewing (C'85) in this link to CBS Sportsline.com. "I feel for him and his family during what is a very difficult time for them. Alonzo has always been a strong person and I know he will find a way to overcome this setback. What is important now is that Alonzo focus his energies on getting healthy and living the rest of his life."
Mourning was diagnosed with a kidney disorder following the 2000 Olympics, where he helped lead the United States to a gold medal. He was sidelined during the 2002-03 season in an attempt to heal his kidneys and to make one more run at an NBA title, this time with the New Jersey Nets.
A 1992 Georgetown graduate, Mourning ranks fourth all-time in scoring and third all-time in rebounding at Georgetown, where he earned two years of All-America honors. In the NBA, his accomplishments speak loudly: seven-time NBA All-Star, two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, and two time winner of the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award, among many accomplishments.
Our thoughts and prayers go to Alonzo and his family for a successful transplant and a healthy recovery to follow.
A sample of news links follows below:
Somewhere, Paul Robinson and Ron Lyons are smiling.
On Feb. 5, 1972, a full court pass that sailed past these two Hoya forwards allowed Penn State an improbable last-second victory, 63-62, sending the 71-72 Hoyas to its 15th loss in 17 games. A generation later, Georgetown returned the favor with a stunning finish of its own, defeating Penn State 79-78 before 8,874 at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College, PA.
Things started poorly for the Hoyas. Georgetown missed 12 of its first 14 shots as the Lions (7-21 in 2002-03) jumped out to a 13-0 lead. With five three pointers in the first half and a considerable edge on the boards (Penn State outrebounded the Hoyas 23-17), the Nittany Lions held a surprising nine point lead at the half, 42-33, in the debut of new coach Ed DeChellis.
The second half showed considerable improvement for the Hoyas. Georgetown opened the half with a 13-4 run, and a Brandon Bowman three pointer tied the score at 46-all with 16:44 to play. Penn State took back the lead thereafter, but Georgetown stayed close and took its first lead on a Bowman free throw with 7:22 left, 62-61.
With the Hoyas leading 68-67 with 3:22 to play, center Courtland Freeman picked up his fifth foul and the Hoyas went to a smaller lineup. Penn State's 6-11 center Jan Jagla went to work, scoring six straight points to give Penn State a 73-70 lead with 1:19 to play. Ashanti Cook answered with a basket, 73-72, but then fouled forward Ndu Egekeze for a big three point play, 76-72.
Hoya fans know all too well this team's propensity for last minute misfortune....but maybe not this time. Cook answered with a three pointer of his own seven seconds later, 76-75, and after PSU's Marlon Smith made one of two free throws, Darrel Owens tied the score at 77-all 11.2 seconds to go.
But on Penn State's next possession, Gerald Riley was called for a blocking foul on PSU's Brandon Cameron as he was driving to the basket with only 2.2 seconds to play. Another collective groan rose from Hoya fans everywhere.
Cameron missed the first free throw, but made the second, 78-77. On the Hoyas' final hope, Brandon Bowman rolled the ball towards Ashanti Cook to save time before the clock started. Seeing this, Cameron dove for the ball and collided with Ashanti Cook with 1.1 seconds left, and a foul was called. Cook calmly made both free throws, and Penn State's final shot was deflected and fell short, 79-78.
Brandon Bowman scored 19 points, 17 in the second half. Bowman's effort was especially critical due to a prolonged shooting slump by Gerald Riley, who missed 10 of his first 11 shots and ended up 3 for 14. Freshman Ray Reed scored 10 points in the first half which helped keep the Hoyas close, while for the game Cook scored 17 and Owens 10. After a 30% shooting effort in the first half, Georgetown recovered to shoot 56% in the second half, 5 of 10 from three point range, and committed only four second half turnovers.
For its part, Penn State struggled in the second half through 13 second half turnovers and 20 overall. The Nittany Lions made 20 of 28 free throws but missed two in the final 23 seconds. For Penn State, Jagla finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds, Egekeze with 13 points and six rebounds. The Hoyas were outrebounded 39-30, which will be a statistic to follow throughout much of the season due to Georgetown's smaller lineups.
"I can't tell you how proud I am of the way our guys came back, Coach Esherick told the Associated Press. "I'm not sure we would've won that game last year."
Here's the Georgetown half of the box score:
MIN 2FG 3FG FT REB A PF PTS Starters: Cook 36 3-6 2-4 5-8 2 4 2 17 Bowman 27 5-8 2-4 3-5 7 1 4 19 Owens 32 1-4 2-4 2-4 6 4 0 10 Riley 24 3-9 0-5 6-6 3 1 4 12 Freeman 23 4-7 0-0 1-1 5 0 5 9 Reserves: Reed 18 0-3 2-2 4-4 1 1 3 10 Causey 7 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 1 1 2 Kilk.-Diaw 10 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 1 3 0 Dizdarevic 13 0-2 0-0 0-0 2 0 1 0 DNP: Faulkner, Izzo, Ross, Beal TOTALS 200 17-40 8-19 21-28 28 13 23 79
With its "fun and gun" look in full swing, the Georgetown Hoyas walked over Grambling State in the 2003 season opener, 83-36 at MCI Center Friday.
Georgetown roared out from the start, scoring the first 20 points of the game. Gerald Riley led the charge with 5 for 5 from three point range, and finished with 21 first half points. Grambling never got closer than 14 at 22-8, then stumbled again as the Hoyas picked up the pace. The Hoyas went on a 17-2 run to increase the lead to 45-10, and a Ray Reed jumper at the buzzer closed the half at 58-16.
The second period settled in at a 40-point lead, give or take a possession, for much of the half. Georgetown slowed the tempo and Grambling improved upon its 5-30 first half shooting. The half allowed the Georgetown coaching staff to try a number of variations which what expects to be a nine-man rotation this season: starters Cook, Owens, Riley, Bowman, and Freeman, plus reserves Dizdarevic, Causey, Reed, and Kilkenny-Diaw.
Riley led all scorers with 24, with 21 coming in the first half. Brion Rush led the Tigers with 14 points.
Here's the Georgetown half of the box score:
MIN 2FG 3FG FT REB A PF PTS Starters: Cook 26 0-2 0-2 4-4 3 5 0 4 Bowman 28 4-7 1-2 1-2 8 2 3 12 Owens 32 3-4 1-1 1-2 8 3 1 10 Riley 24 3-7 5-5 3-4 6 1 2 24 Freeman 17 3-5 0-0 2-3 2 1 0 8 Reserves: Faulkner 7 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 0 Reed 21 3-5 0-2 1-4 3 1 2 7 Causey 19 0-1 0-1 4-4 1 2 2 4 Beal 2 0-0 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 0 Kilk.-Diaw 12 3-4 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 6 Dizdarevic 12 1-1 0-1 6-8 5 0 0 8 DNP: Ross, Izzo TOTALS 200 20-36 7-14 22-33 37 15 12 83
Thursday's Washington Times has posted its college basketball preview. As of Thursday morning, the sole article posted online was this feature on the Big East.
Thursday's Washington Post talks to area coaches about the lack of national presence for the area's top Division I women's programs when compared to teams like Tennessee and Connecticut.
"Kids do look at the size of a locker room, the newness of an arena," said Georgetown coach Pat Knapp. "We tell kids right off the bat, this is where we are going to play. If you want a 10,000-seat arena...we don't have it."
"I'm not going to sit here and say to you that we compare with Tennessee, UConn, or the commitments that some other programs have made, because we don't," Knapp said. "But we're getting where we're getting. We want to take a couple more steps. We're never giving up on that."
In a related women's basketball note, the University of Connecticut announced it will offer live streaming video of 18 women's games to fans across the Internet.
At the onset of the 2003-04 season, there are a lot of questions on where the Georgetown team stands in the conference, and where it will stand relative to the arrival of five new schools in 2005.
From some basic statistical categories to rank the various Big East teams, this site compiled a ranking of the programs based on ten factors, with a weighted average to produce a list of the programs on ten criteria:
As the Big East approaches expansion, there's some real work ahead for schools like Georgetown to compete in what promises to be the nation's most closely watched basketball conference. And some of that work starts Friday.
Tuesday's Washington Post has posted preview articles on the Hoyas and the 2003-04 Big East:
Georgetown will be among an eight team field in the 2004 Rainbow Classic, per a report in the Honolulu Advertiser.
In an upgrade from the 2003 classic field (American, Bowling Green, East Tennessee State, Fairfield, Hawaii, IUPU-Indianapolis, Lamar, and Pepperdine), host school Hawaii will welcome Georgetown, UAB, Clemson, LSU, Southern California, Indiana State, and Long Beach State for the 2004 event.
The annual basketball preview of The HOYA has been posted at its web site. Fans can review any of 17 articles on the 2003-04 men's and women's teams.
Basketball preview issues for The HOYA date back to the early 1950's. The paper has annually published a special section for basketball in all but one year since 1981.
A Georgetown press release has confirmed four verbal commitments for the class of 2008 as having signed national letters of intent on Thursday:
"One of the unique aspects of this group is that after a year of college experience, I can imagine adding a point guard and having them on the floor together. I think this is a real plus in terms of chemistry and team dynamics,” Coach Esherick said in the release. Additional quotes follow in this link to the Washington Times.
Georgetown has one available scholarship remaining, which is likely to be held for the spring signing period. The fall signing period runs through November 19.
Former Georgetown center Jahidi White (C'98) was traded Wednesday from the NBA's Washington Wizards to the Phoenix Suns for guard Brevin Knight.
White, who has averaged 6.5 points per game in his five years with the Wizards, was traded to improve the Wizards' salary cap, according to reports.
"It's a big body that we certainly can use," said Phoenix coach Frank Johnson. "I'm excited about him because we play in the West against more physical teams, and he gives us a presence there.
Links to the story follow below:
A Google search of the words "Brendan Gaughan" yields over 250 news stories, as the 1997 Georgetown graduate and former walk-on has generated a lot of publicity in his race for the Craftsman Truck Series points title. Gaughan is the cover story in this week's Georgetown Voice.
Chapter Three of the Big East story has begun.
Following its formation as a basketball conference in 1979 and the creation of the football league eleven years later, the Big East Conference has welcomed five new schools to join the conference, effective July 1, 2005. The University of Cincinnati, the University of Louisville, and the University of South Florida will join for all sports, while DePaul University and Marquette University, which do not field football teams, join in all sports but football.
"Over the past several months Athletic Director Joe Lang and I have worked together with other conference members to secure a successful future for the Big East," said Georgetown University president Jack DeGioia (C'79), in an official statement posted to the University community. "I am excited about our future and encourage you to join Joe and me in welcoming our new members."
"Our participation in the BIG EAST ensures that Georgetown’s athletic teams will continue to engage in strong competition and enjoy long-standing rivalries, provides opportunities to enhance existing programs at Georgetown and other member schools, and sustains the financial resources that membership brings," DeGioia continued.
Big East commissioner Michael Tranghese spoke at length during a news conference Tuesday afternoon. Among other issues, divisional alignments have not been settled, the men's basketball tournament will likely remain at 12, and a ninth football-only school offer was not extended."We talked conceptually about adding a ninth team as a federated member, and we just decided at the end of the day it just wasn't what we wanted to do," Tranghese said. As a result, rumored football-only candidate Central Florida has accepted an offer to join Conference USA.
Official statements were posted by 15 of the 16 schools. St. John's did not post a release or statement as of early Wednesday morning.
Media coverage is extensive. Here are links from the newspapers in the Big East markets. (Some newspapers, such as the Chicago Tribune and Providence Journal-Bulletin, require prior registration to read its articles, and the links are not included as a result.) In addition, the Louisville Courier Journal has a entertaining two page spread on facts and figures about the Big East that can be read as a .pdf (Adobe Acrobat) file.
The conference moves will give the Big East eight teams for I-A football and 16 schools altogether beginning in the fall of 2005.
In sharp contrast to the Atlantic Coast Conference's clandestine dealings, the Big East worked to keep its intentions up-front. The advance warning given Conference USA of the likely departures of Cincinnati, DePaul, Louisville, Marquette and South Florida has led C-USA to prepare possible invites upon the Big East's decision, maintaining its own football and basketball presence.
To get everyone better acquainted on the likely new schools, check the links for more details on the five schools:
The Newark Star Ledger notes that Seton Hall, has joined the list of Big East schools who will avoid scheduling the expatriated Boston College in the future.
"If their Jersey alumni clamors for Jersey games, they are free to schedule FDU and St. Peter's," said Seton Hall athletic director Jeff Fogelson. "We are through with BC."
Similar statements have been expressed from coaches and athletic directors at Syracuse, Connecticut, and Rutgers.
In other news, an interesting article in Tuesday's Syracuse Post-Standard reports that the Big East's I-A football schools had actually decided to leave the conference in July and form its own league, but the expectation of significant legal action by the remaining schools led them to reconsider the idea.
Gerald Riley scored 19 points as the Georgetown Hoyas defeated a traveling Israeli team 101-64 at McDonough Gym Saturday.
The Hoyas led by 18 at the half and the lead was never seriously threatened. The Israeli team was a collection of players who had not trained extensively as a team, and struggled to maintain a tempo against the Hoyas' defensive sets. Three starters and two reserves scored in double figures for Georgetown, with 15 each from Brandon Bowman and Courtland Freeman, 14 from RaMell Ross, and 12 from freshman Ray Reed.
While the opponents' shooting (38% FG, 19% from three) will be soon forgotten, the game will be otherwise remembered for the Israeli team's uniforms--when their jerseys did not arrive in time, they instead the squad wore Georgetown's white jerseys from last season, complete with names like "Wilson", "Riley" and "Hillier" stitched on the backs. Shimon Amsalem, wearing Omari Faulkner's #3 jersey, led his team with 24 points.
There's not much to read into exhibition scores like this. The first test of the season arrives in three weeks, with a weekend series featuring Grambling and Penn State.
Here's the Georgetown half of the box score:
Name 2FG 3FG FT REB AST BLK STL PTS Starters: Cook 3-6 1-3 0-0 4 4 0 2 9 Bowman 5-9 1-3 2-4 13 3 1 2 15 Freeman 3-5 0-0 9-9 3 3 1 0 15 Owens 3-6 1-1 0-0 8 3 1 2 9 Riley 7-11 1-3 2-2 7 2 1 2 19 Reserves: Faulkner 0-1 0-0 0-0 2 0 1 0 0 Izzo 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Reed 5-7 0-3 2-4 6 6 0 4 12 Ross 5-5 1-2 1-2 2 2 0 2 14 Causey 1-1 0-3 0-0 2 4 0 0 2 Beal 0-0 0-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Diaw 3-3 0-0 0-0 4 0 1 0 6 Dizdarevic [DNP] Totals 35-54 5-22 16-21 51 27 6 14 101
University of Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun is the first Big East coach to publicly announce he will not schedule Boston College in future series following the school's rapid move to the Atlantic Coast Conference.
According to the New London (CT) Day. Calhoun said that "We won't play Boston College after they leave. I have no desire to play Boston College not because they're leaving but how they did it."
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