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Nice road win over GMU
Created: 3/4/2015 9:44:26 PMReplies: 39
3/4/2015 9:44:26 PM - Free Quebec - 6,174 posts (#2)

No comments on the game yet?   Nice to get a 16 point road win.   First half, the backcourt really struggled and we had a few unforced turnovers, but GMU also got 3 outside shots from Marquise More (a non-shooter) and late in the half there was a big back-to-back sequence where a 3 point play was waved off for Garino on a bogus charge call, and then a guy blatantly tripped Garino at the other end, leading to a wide open jumper.   That quick swing, 3 suprising outside shots by Moore, and a couple of dumb turnovers were the reason we were down 3 intead of up 7 or 8. 

In the second half, the D was solid and Moore stopped hitting shots he doesn't usually make (though he did make another 3 late when the game was all but over - meaning he hit his 3rd and 4th career threes tonight).  The guards played better, we stopped turning it over, and we kept battling on the boards.  Jourgenson, in particular, gave the team a huge lift with 11 points in the 2nd half, and as weak as he had played in the 1st half, Savage did make a few plays.  Getting production out of those guys, plus Joe playing better D after being hampered in the 1st with early foul trouble, made a huge difference.

And a special shout out to Garino, who played like an all-league player tonight.  He had a terrific game. 15 points, 9 boards, 3 assists, 2 blocks.  3 TOs, but 2 of those were horrible charging calls against him, so it was really 1 TO as far as I'm concerned.   He was terrific on defense and the boards, and he was all over the court.   He's taken a lot of crap on this board, mostly deserved, but he deserves a big round of applause tonight.

Likewise, Larsen, who played great D on Thompson, battled hard all night, and was mostly aggresisive with the ball. In fact, he didn't get many rebounds, but he consistently boxed out and held off his man so others could get the board - Thompson was held to 9 boards, at least 3 of which were on terrible air balls that just happened to go right to him and a couple others off either blocked shots or just bad shots in the 1-3-1 where he got loose when Larsen had to help.  Also, Yuta played really hard tonight and made at least 5 strong entry passes.

At any rate, First Star goes to Garino.  Second Star goes to Prince Harry.  3rd Star goes to Larsen.

 

Now to beat UMASS and claim the 6 seed.

3/4/2015 10:43:26 PM - pops - 475 posts (#48)

Agree on all points.  I too thought Watanabe had a good game.  Jorgenson really put the game away.  This game has got to be good for our confidence.  I'll be real surprised if we don't play extremely well on saturday.  also, although bryant had yet another turnover, i thought he looked better and i thought cimino looked good in his 2 minutes.  i still feel pretty good about the future of this freshman class.

3/4/2015 10:53:45 PM - THE CRIMEDOG - 32 posts (#215)

Agree 100% about Larsen, who played really well and did a lot of little things that don't show in the box score.  Garino was tremendous too.  What did you see from Cimino? I saw a guy who had trouble finishing a layup (to be fair, the guy played what 95 seconds?)  It would be nice to see more than 12 seconds of Swann.  He has nice length and can shoot, be nice to get him a little bit more time too.

3/4/2015 11:27:46 PM - RKELLEY - 121 posts (#137)

Props to the guys in this one. They came back from a shaky first half to dominate the second and win this one relatively easily.

Lots of postiives tonight.

John Kopriva has really been hustling and finding ways to contribute. I've read and heard a lot about him lately, and have seen a player I didn't see when I made some snap judgements about him out of frustration. I started the season as a fan of his, and then got overly critical of him without knowing the full story. He has flourished as the team's mentor--evidently taking PJ and Watanabe under his wing this season and helping them learn the game while getting comfortable in college. He also spends his spare time tutoring his fellow athletes and making sure their GPA is up to par. I watch him, and while his play isn't always perfect, he hustes on the court, and advanced stats like PER say he's one of the team's 5 most productive players on the court--due largely to his ability to net positives by avoiding mental mistakes and playing to his strengths.  I didn't know this until recently--he even took his MCAT a summer early so he could free up more time to focus on basketball this year. When he's on his game, the team follows suit.

Huge positives tonight:

Garino's line was outstanding: 15 points, 9 rebounds (4 OREB), 3 assists, 2 blocks, 2 TO. I saw him being used in the role that he's most comfortable in--slashing to the basket, and leading the transition charge.

Props to Paul Jorgensen for rebounding from down game last time to have one of his most productive performances: 11 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist on 4-8 shooting. He has 11 points in just 15 minutes.

In reduced minutes, Joe Mac and Kethan Savage lit up the score board, combining for 25 points and 9 rebounds in 42 total minutes. I hope both of these guys stick with GW next year. Joe is the team's heart and motor, and Kethan has the aggressiveness and athleticism that I've missed since Danilo Pinnock graduated.

Yuta Watanabe has really kicked his game back into gear with huge effort since that sprained ankle slowed him down a month ago. He scored 6 points in tonight's game, but he was a huge asset on the court overall with excellent defense and rebounding. With 14:02 left in the 2nd half, he got the offensive rebound over 3 Mason defenders, and his move and dunk with 5 1/2 minutes left in the first half was electric. His shot wasn't pinpoint tonight, but he had 6 rebounds in 30 minutes, 3 assists vs. 1 TO and he also played excellent defense--much better than his 1 block suggests.

3/4/2015 11:33:30 PM - RKELLEY - 121 posts (#137)

I think Cimino will have a big role off the bench next year, playing 10-15 minutes a game, and will be a key player as a junior and senior. ML clearly protected him this year, and that's likely a smart move. Coming from Maine, with a very skinny body and likely some growing pains in terms of coordination, it would've been dangerous to push him hard while he's adjusting this year.

He didn't get many on-court opportunities this seaon, and was understandably overzealous when he had an opportunity under the basket tonight. But if he learns the ML's offense and defense, and gets in better shape, a (truly) 6'10" kid with huge hands, long arms and a quality post game is an awesome weapon.

3/4/2015 11:40:01 PM - Long Suffering Fan - 3,958 posts (#5)

Savage and Joe Mac combined for 16 points and 1 assist in 42 minutes.  I don't think that either had a particularly good game tonight.

3/4/2015 11:43:03 PM - Me - 98 posts (#152)

RKelley, how did you get those stats for JoeMac and Kethan?

3/4/2015 11:49:01 PM - RKELLEY - 121 posts (#137)

I also like Anthony Swann a lot. He's an athlete with length and from what I've seen, he appears to be a bright, well-liked guy. It was expected coming into the season that he was going to be raw compared to the other recruits, so I think the comparisons I've heard to Jonathan Davis are definitely premature.

This season had some major adversity for this team. But I think this is a situation where, all of the young players received a thorough education and will come back stronger next season. Barring injuries to key players, I really see everything coming together for GW's 2015-16 team.

Tyler Cavanaugh has the ability and experience to be as productive as Kevin Larsen, and Yuta Watanabe could jump from an above-average player to a star. Then add in 2 very good point guards in Joe Mac and Paul Jorgensen, a star forward/point forward in Patricio Garino, and a very gifted and producted Kethan Savage. That's 7 above-average or better players, and then add in Nick Griffin's shooting ability, Jordan Roland's ball-handling and instincts, Anthony Swann's athleticism, and Matt Cimino as a sophomore--who was rated as one of the 20-25-best center recruits in the country by media scouts. This sounds like a very good team with 6 players that have 4 years of experience.

3/4/2015 11:56:44 PM - RKELLEY - 121 posts (#137)

@ME, @LSF

My mistake. I miscounted. I was just using the ESPN Box score. As far as resources go, Sports Reference is the best publicly available source in my opinion.

Considering their minutes were reduced, I give both of them props for showing up and scoring effectively. They combined 4-8 shooting, and while they had 6 turnovers, they cleaned it up in the second half. Their night looks significantly lesser now that I realize it was 16 and not 25 points. So yes, they probably weren't the highlights of the night, but it seemed like the team got something from everyone at some point. A lot of guys in their position may pout instead of stepping up. After all, Mac led the team with huge production throughout the past few games.

3/5/2015 12:19:12 AM - THE CRIMEDOG - 32 posts (#215)

Now I like the positivity! It seems more fitting after a hearty win.  I thought Joe had a good game, a few people have disagreed with that, I don't see it, Joe is actually to me the guy who is mostly unfairly dumped on by the board.  We all know his ceiling is not super high and he has some limitations, but night after night, the guy gives great effort, boards like a man 6 inches taller, plays an exceptionally unselfish game.  Cimino indeed was rated that highly, which is why seeing him look this unready is concerning, it was well reported he would not show up ready and would need to add strength, but he looks along way away to me.  He's the guy I am least optimistic about.  The rest of your analysis seems pretty legit, a tad optimistic perhaps, but we could use some of that these past few weeks.  I'd also like to see a return to some more Foreign imports for the future, the long standing secret to GW success.  More Kevin and Yutas, more Yegors and Pops.  I'm a little concerned we seem to turning a tad more to the left-over MDV area talents.

3/5/2015 12:24:17 AM - Hugh - 159 posts (#119)

Not saying i've seen much from Cimino, but it's hard to get a reading on a guy when he gets one non-garbage time minute every third. I'm intrigued to see how he'll be next year. 

3/5/2015 12:27:12 AM - Let's go! - 46 posts (#201)

Cimino looking unready has nothing to do with his basketball ability. He just needs to add a bit of bulk. I can see why Lonergan doesn't want him playing down low.

3/5/2015 12:47:07 AM - THE CRIMEDOG - 32 posts (#215)

Its true, very hard to tell in such limited action. Started his career 3 for 5 in his first game, he's 2 for 11 since.  Guys that thin have a tough time adding bulk, its hard to see how he was ranked among the nation's top 25 centers, and lets face it, he's not going be a college center, more like a stretch 4 ideally with some post game, sort of what Kopriva has developed this year into (Keep draining 3's Dr John!)  Yuta is also severely under bulked, but from the moment he stepped on the court he showed signs of talent, you could see it in his first few minutes.  I'd be mightly pleased to be wrong, we really need to start thinking ahead about the future of the front court, it would be ideal for Cimino to have a role in that. 

3/5/2015 5:58:22 AM - Mentzinger - 1 posts (#246)

Prince Harry won the game for GW with his shooting and pace of play. It validates my starting lineup suggestion in another thread: 1) PJ, 2) Joe, 3) Garino, 4) Yuta, 5) Kev, with Savage (only 18 min vs GMU) providing energy off the bench, Kopriva spelling the frontcourt and Bryant and Grifin mixing in.

Swan. One "n." Thanks

 

3/5/2015 6:29:43 AM - Let's go! - 46 posts (#201)

PJ's good for energy off the bench. I don't know if I'd want his chucking and non-play making for 30+ minutes a game. His assist numbers as the backup PG are underwhelming to say the least.

3/5/2015 7:00:40 AM - pops - 475 posts (#48)

admittedly it was just a brief glimpse from cimino.  and maybe its because we really haven't seen him in quite a while.  but he brought a lot of energy to his stint.  his layup missed but i thought it was a strong move. it also really struck me just how big he is and how long his wingspan is.  i just hope he plays a significant role going forward.

3/5/2015 10:25:03 AM - bobo - 3,126 posts (#7)

GW is clearly playing better of late.  Not as Larsen-centric on offense and renewed energy on D and the boards.  Assist totals continue to be up as their sharing the ball better than they had been for much of the A10 season. 

I like Jorgenson's aggressiveness and speed.  Yuta and Jorgenson make for a good freshmen class.  IF GW could get steady production from just 1 of the other 3 (Bryant, Swann, Cimino) then we can call the 2014 class to be successful.  Griffin is playing with some more confidence and did better on the boards and defensively, even though his shots weren't dropping.

It will be interesting to see if GW can continue to move the ball offensively and shut down the post defensively (big advantage in points in the paint vs GMU) when they play UMASS on Saturday.  GMU looked TERRIBLE.  What ever happened to Patrick Holloway anyways? 10-8 in conference and a win in Brooklyn would be a respectable although somewhat disapointing A10 season for GW. 

3/5/2015 10:39:54 AM - Long Suffering Fan - 3,958 posts (#5)

Actually, Bobo, I think that offense was still Larsen-centric, and I think that is a good thing, especially since he is probably the best passer on the team and does a far better job of kickiing the ball out to the open shooter than any of the guards do from the perimeter (especialy since nobody on the team is particularly good at breaking down a defense by penetration and passing.   I agree with the remainder of your assessment, especially the 10-8 conference record (which would also mean a 20 win season) being a very respectable but somewhat disappointing season.

3/5/2015 10:46:41 AM - Bo Knows - 537 posts (#43)

Before we label this season as anything can we wait until we see how it ends up? Something tells me that a championship in the A-10 tourney might banish the word disappointing from this board until, well, after the first loss next year lol. There is still basketball left to play. There are still things that can be accomplished.

3/5/2015 11:01:45 AM - bobo - 3,126 posts (#7)

I saw GW go to Larsen, but not every time in the half court.  Larsen had 3 of the team's 12 assists but Garino, Jorgenson, Savage and Yuta also drove the ball and passed.  It was more balanced than it has been in the past.  Balance is what I'm looking for in the offense.

3/5/2015 11:12:14 AM - Tennessee Colonial - 1,119 posts (#25)

Of all things, just because of 5 inches of snow they closed the State Offices, after I got there.  Now home. Last night we won against a not great team, however, I liked how the bench played overall. Most disappointing part of this season are the High amount of turnovers from an experienced team. Many close games could have been won if not from the, how can I say, Dumb turnovers from experienced players. Freshmen, especiallu PJ, really stepped up.  PJs energy and lack of fear in taking shots was very welcomed. Whadda expect from a Don Bosco grad. I really think he will be the vocal leader were going to need. Yuta will step up, as well as the other Freshmen. If only they will learn how to eat. Man, how thin most of them are. A few pounds would do wonders. Especially Cimeno. (Cant believe that missed layup). Well, just hope these young guys bulk up over the non season. I expect they will be a lot better next year. If only the Dam unforced turnovers are curtailed.   

3/5/2015 11:31:22 AM - The MV - 4,742 posts (#4)

I'll get the nitpicks out of the way first:

Later in the evening, I turned on USC-UCLA because Bill Walton was at the mike and quite frankly, I don't even need to see a basketball game in front of me in order to be entertained by Walton.  Anyway, one of UCLA's bigs makes a pretty move along the baseline and Walton states that one has to wonder if he can make that move, why he can't make it all of the time?"  I suppose this is the very essence of being a demanding fan but I've been using this line all year.  I have witnessed some talent-starved GW teams in the past yet these may be less frustrating than watching this year's talented-yet-flawed team because the expectations on a talent-depleted team are next to none.  So last night, I'm left to ask things like why are we always turning the ball over a lot in the first halves of games? (9 last night, and this wasn't exactly VCU causing these turnovers.)    Why can this team play so solidly in the second half after playing pretty poorly in the first half?  I'll admit that you can get by without playing 40 good minutes to beat George Mason but the same can not be said for teams that GW will need to beat if it has any hope of winning 4 staright in Brooklyn. 

My specific nitpick for the day deals with Kethan Savage.  Kethan, and I really hope you're reading this or this somehow, someway gets back to you....please shoot the ball.  You may not be the team's best shooter but you're better than this indecisive player who is obviously lacking confidence in his outside shot.  When Kevin gets double-teamed down low and kicks a bounce pass back to you at the top of the key, please take the shot.  Your move in this situation appears to be a pumpfake (which is ridiculous since nobody is within 3 feet of you at the time), and then you drive the lane where there are often three defenders trying to take a charge or block your shot.  To your credit, you do sometimes manage to overcome these odds and score anyway.  But the right play in this situation is to shoot the ball.  You will not get your outside shooting confidence back by repeatedly passing up open shots.  Love your passion for the game but my hope is that you learn to make better decisions along the lines of what I've just described.

Now, the good news: I think this team has turned a corner.  I believe that GW is actually the 4th best team in this conference (I am of the belief that Dayton, VCU and Davidson are better) and two of these schools are responsible for half of our conference losses.  (FYI, URI and Richmond handed us 2 more, both on the road, but I'm not convinced that either is beating GW 6 out of 10 times on a neutral court.) So really, La Salle and Duquesne are the bad losses and I think we would easily handle either in Brooklyn.  Here is what I like lately and last night:

1. This team played great man-to-man defense last night when the game was being won and lost.

2. The 1-3-1 wasn't overly effective in the first half but ML went back to it realizing that Mason wasn't a good shooting team and would likely be miore tired during the second half.

3. Offensively, GW is looking to run more and we're getting a fair amount of points in transition.  This had been missing during many of the losses.

4. ML is back to getting more players involved and not solely during garbage time.  I'll again say that I believe these guys truly pull for one another and the overall feeling about this team is greater when more players are contributing.  Added bonus: it's no coincidence that this shift back to playing more guys came at a time when ML realized that GW will need to win 4 games in 4 days in Brooklyn to make the dance.

5. Paul Jorgensen:  Very well done! 

6. Speaking of the dance, let's just say that it's not out of the question.  Even if you feel there's no way we could defeat say a VCU, the field is wide open enough that some other team could knock them off.  The important thing is that the team plays well heading into the tournament and that must include a solid win on Saturday.  In 2004-05 (and I'll deem this to be less surprising than 2006-07 but stunning as it was the school's first A10 championship), GW won 7 of its last 9 heading into the conference tournament and then won 3 tournament games by an average of nearly 15 points per game.  In 2006-07 (and to Crimedog, Mo Rice averaged nearly 16 a game on that team and was often a sole source of offense, so to say that this team was Carl and little else is simply untrue), the team lost 4 in a row and then followed that up with 5 wins in a row (one two-point squeaker and the others were convincing wins) heading into the conference tournament where they won 3 by an average of 13 per game.  So this year, a solid win over UMASS will give the team 3 out of 4 wins headed in with the first 2 of these wins by 23 and 16.  This team does have the look of a team that is getting its act together.  Stranger things have happened but first, let's soundly take care of a reeling UMASS team on Saturday.

 

3/5/2015 11:41:05 AM - BM - 5,443 posts (#3)

Standig

3/5/2015 11:56:03 AM - Hugh - 159 posts (#119)

I'll send Kethan a facebook message letting him know that MV wants him to shoot more.

3/5/2015 12:04:30 PM - Free Quebec - 6,174 posts (#2)

I agree with most of the post, MV, but two quibbles.  First, Savage isn't a good jump shooter, but if he would catch that pass and attack right away while the defense is off kilter, he will have a better chance to score than shooting a long jumper or (as you say) pump faking and giving the defense time to reset.   Two, that 05 team won the championship in a really down year for the league.  It was one of I think two times in 25 years with no at-large teams.  More than half the league was below 150, and only one team besides us was in the top 75.    I do agree that if everything clicks, we can beat anyone (and I'm with you in not being scared of URI or Richmond), but the challenge this year is nothing even comparable to what it took to win the 05 Tourney vs a weak field.  

Last thing, to Bo's point, we should wait until the season is done to judge.  The 05 team was as frustrating as this one.  We beat Maryland and Michigan stage and heading into conference play, we were a shoe in for the tourney and easily the class of the league.  But we blew it in conference just like this team.   The 07 team wasn't much better (like I said, ourside the top 100 before the tourney).  But we remember both teams as successes because they triumphed over a weak field to make the tourney.  If the A10 were then what it is this year, those teams would be remembered as disappointments. 

3/5/2015 12:36:56 PM - Long Suffering Fan - 3,958 posts (#5)

Couple of points in response to MV.  When we took control of the game in the beginning of the 2nd half, we were in the 1-3-1, and actually upped the lead to double digits while in the 1-3-1, until Mason hit 2 straight 3s to cut it back down to 7 or 8, after which we returned to the man to man and again extended the lead.  We also started the game in a 1-3-1 which is something we don't ususally do, and I thought it was effective as we opened a quick 5 or 7 point lead before letting Mason take control for most of the first half.  Don't know if the 1-3-1 worked because it was effective or because Mason is not a good shooting team, but for whatever reason we played it alot vs. Mason, with a favorable result.

The concerns with Kethan are hardly nitpicking...to me his inconsistent play is one of the main reasons why the team has underperformed thi sseason.   If you remember back to last season, Kethan was a scorer who you can count on for double figures every game.   He was also a competent ball handler, a good passer and a hard nosed defender.    He is not nearly the player he was prior to the injury and I think this has gotten into his head...as well as Lonergans.  Watching the interplay of the 2 on the bench during the Mason game was facinating.   I sat behind the bench but too far up to hear what was going on, but the body language of the 2 was facinating.  It seems like neither Kethan nor ML know how to fix this issue and are both frustrated as hell over this.    Last season, Kethan averaged 12.7 ppg and shot nearly 52% from the field.   He scored in double figures in 14 of the 18 games he played.  This season he is averaging 11.4 ppg.  Not that great of a drop, but considering there is no longer a Mo Creek as the primary scorer from the back court and his shooting percentage is a very poor 38.6%, this is significant.   He has also scored in double figures in only 19 of the 30 games played so far.  But mostly, what doesn't show up in the box score is the lack of energy, the drop off in defense and what appears to be a lot of pouting on the bench.  

As for the team running more vs. Mason, this is correct; however what I was more impressed with during the 2nd half was even when not running, we were playing at a quicker pace on both offense and defense during the 2nd half.  (I still think we were quite bad that first half).  The ball rotations were quicker, as were the defensive rotations.

Finally, what rarely gets mentioned is Yuta.   On offense, he remains in a funk since the ankle injury.  He passes up opened shots and continues to make 1-2 ill advised passes per game. (One thing that drives LSF crazy is the cross court pass, which is a receipe for an interception and break away dunk).  But, Yuta is a better overall player now than when he was before the injury because at least in my opinion, his defense and improved that much.  It is no longer a question of where to hide him on a zone...he has become an aggressive defender, looking far more fundamentally sound and does a very good job of boxing out on the rebound and grabbing his fare share.   Although the offense has dropped off, it is more than offset against the defensive gains.  It is almost like he use to score 8 but give up 12.  Now its more like he scores 5 and gives up 2.

3/5/2015 12:39:22 PM - Long Suffering Fan - 3,958 posts (#5)

One other thing.  I don't know if anyone else saw it, but on one play on offense, Joe Mac actually ran, resulting in the break away layup.  I guess the invisible fence that is generally turned on a little beyond the half court stripe that causes Joe to slow down as soon as he approaches it must have been turned off for that play.

3/5/2015 12:51:26 PM - herve - 9,026 posts (#1)

What is up with Mason? They clearly have talent and several of their players could easily be on GW's roster as they were one-time recruits. They have depth and someone to build around in the middle. They have speed, ball-handlers, rebounders, but not that many shooters. I was wondering why they didn't press more on defense and attack the basket on offense. They have ZERO offensive or defensive identity.

Honestly, THE ONLY excuse for them not being above .500 at the bare minimum is Hewitt. There is NO coaching going on with them whatsoever. Must be frustrating.

3/5/2015 12:55:11 PM - Mentzinger - 1 posts (#246)

We don't run and we don't press because ML doesnt have confidence we can hold teams down on D unless we limit the number of their possessions. I'd like $1 for every GW offensive posession that starts with 25 second of Joe McDonald pounding the ball into the floor. Tragic yet axiomatic, since our defense (except for 3-point closeouts in the 1-3-1) has been quite good.

3/5/2015 1:02:57 PM - Bo Knows - 537 posts (#43)

Yes, FQ's second point expanded on exactly what I'm saying. Context and timing is everything in college basketball and GW's season is no different. If we ask the Committee to judge a team's body of work to obtain an at-large bid, we ought to at least wait until we see the body of work here before we label this season or any season, disappointing, successful or anything else. To be sure, there have been ups and downs but maybe we are entering an up phase not a moment too soon. We will see.

3/5/2015 1:03:44 PM - Mentzinger - 1 posts (#246)

"It's the hardest team I've ever had to coach," Lonergan said.

3/5/2015 1:19:10 PM - Bill-DC - 20 posts (#227)

I shot the game for a Mason web site and it was sad seeing just how far that team has fallen since Paul Hewitt took over. That said, I was impressed with Jorgensen's performance in the second half. Mason was hanging around, down 7 but Jorgensen hit a clutch three to put the lead back at 10 and the Colonials never looked back. Nice win! My son and I will be there in section 213 Saturday.

 

 

 

3/5/2015 1:26:26 PM - BM - 5,443 posts (#3)

Nice work Bill.  Great pix of the Dr John/Pato boxouts.

3/5/2015 1:32:41 PM - Bill-DC - 20 posts (#227)

Thanks. I've struggled all season there with the lighting. Planning on investing in a new camera over the Summer. Regardless, we will be there with camera on Saturday. Beat UMass!

3/5/2015 2:25:24 PM - ziik - 2,782 posts (#8)

I have no idea how you got such great shots in that dark cave. Very nice work. 

3/5/2015 2:46:01 PM - squid - 1,465 posts (#21)

Great pics. My buddy and I made it out there, eventually, we tried to leave DC at 5:45 and only made it by halftime. Traffic was terrible. I don't envy folks who live out there.

The crowd was extremely sparse and there were maybe a dozen students, and the fans we were sitting near to were pissed off the whole time (though I suppose with reason to be.) One guy screamed at Hewitt that he was tired of losing, and that scream made the Post article by Gene Wang.

Their band is awesome though, great songs, a fun, excited leader who wears cool suits, and a big sound. Plus they have singers, which is interesting, for new pop songs (and no terrible scream after fouls. Seriously, cut that out, GW band.)

Good times though. I like Jorgensen's confidence, he took a few shots that I thought weren't great choices, but they went in. Nice to see he can do that. Great game by the whole team really. 

3/5/2015 2:57:12 PM - Bill-DC - 20 posts (#227)

Announced crowd was 3,388 I think but there was around 2,000 by my estimate. Been shooting there three years off and on and when they have a competitive team, they usually get 6-7k there and it is a fun place to watch a game. Doc Nix and the Green Machine are great. The program has taken a nosedive since Hewitt was hired. I don't know why they didn't do due dilegence and follow up with folks at Georgia Tech, who happily cut him a check not to coach there anymore.

Took me an hour and a half from Sterling to Patriot Center. Awful traffic but that happens when rain falls.

Looking forward to the game Saturday. I like the atmosphere at Smith Center a lot. Been taking my 9 year old for three years. We go to three or four games a year there. First on the agenda Saturday is Georgetown and Seton Hall at Noon at Verizon Center. Call it our March Madness day I guess. Have camera, will travel. I plan to document the day fully.

 

3/5/2015 6:54:54 PM - NJ Colonial - 1,894 posts (#15)

Go Pirates!

3/5/2015 7:45:45 PM - THE CRIMEDOG - 32 posts (#215)

Great pics indeed, Dr. John should send that pic to Men's Fitness for their next (and 3,123rd) shoulder routine article.  With regard to Rice and the 07 team, Carl Elliott did everything well, Rice did one thing well, which was score, but that year he was indeed a good scorer. Not so much in 2008, what should have been the showcase year for Rice, he was a total dud.  The 2008 team without Carl doesn't suggest how much the 07 success was due to him?  Recall, Rice came to the program as a ballyhoed HS scorer, barely played as a Frosh, had a terrible Senior season, dismissed from the team, etc., I consider his tenure on balance a dissapointment considering his clear talent.  Rice in the 07 tourney, 3 pts, 1 for 9 from the field in a 33 point loss.  I consider that 07 run a minor miracle, we lost in the tourney to Vandy 77-44, I think that speaks volumes about how the team overachieved in the A10 tourney.  This year's team is MUCH better, there's no comparison.  Compare the two frontcourts.

 I second the call for Savage to seek out his shot and relight his fuse, he was indeed great and a hugely important cog last year, we need that Kethan back, and the Garino of last night.  Those things start to come back to the team and we can indeed make a run through the A10 tourney.  

3/6/2015 3:00:57 AM - Bigfan - 2,736 posts (#9)

Nice shots, Bill.

PJ really gets up for his jumpers, Bill documents.

And Dr. John and Pato made a couple of nice block-out sandwiches to keep that beast, No. 14, in check. Not many, A-10 players with both height and bulk to loom over Kevin. At least with athleticisim.

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