Robert Stephens-Featured Reporter
Local schools take Big Dance 'L'.
March 24, 2015 - Georgetown’s season ended in Portland,
Oregon as the Utes defeated the Hoyas 75-64 in the third round of the
NCAA’S $ March Madness run for the title.
The Hoyas jumped out to a 21-10 lead in the first half behind freshman
LJ Peak’s 10 points. Utah fought back and tied the score at 32 as
the first half came to an end.
The second half opened with both teams matching bucket for bucket as the
Hoyas and Utes fought it out in the second half.
Two free throws by Joshua Smith tied the score at 53 with 7:01 remaining
in the second half. It was the last time Georgetown would tie or lead
in the third round of the NCAA $ March Madness to the “Final Four”.
Dakarai Tucker’s jumper 22 seconds later gave Utah the lead they
never relinquished as the Ute’s outscored the Hoyas 19-11 to end
The DMV's Quinn Cook is still in the Big
Dance. (photo property of UNC).
LJ Peak led all scorers with 18 points as the Hoyas ended
their season at 22-11. Isaac Copeland another freshman chipped in with
14 points. D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera (12points and 6asst.) and Jabril
Trawicks (10pts.) led the Hoyas.
Georgetown shot 43.6% from the floor compared to 57.9% for Utah.
The Hoyas lose Joshua Smith, Jabril Trawick, Aaron Bowen and Mikael Hopkins
from their roster but are in good shape for next years run.
The Hoyas had previously defeated Eastern Washington 84-74 to reach the
third round. D’Vauntes-Smith Rivera (25pts. and 8 rebs.) led the
Hoyas. Jabril Trawick (10pts.), Mikael Hopkins (10pts.-9rebs.), and Paul
White (10pts.) led Georgetown.
Ask any coach what is one of his greatest fears going in to post season
play ? Injury !
Maryland’s season came to a halt with 8:25 in the second half as
Romelo Trimble suffered his second head injury and was benched by the
Terrapin medical staff. Maryland at the time was behind West Virginia
53-46 as the Mountaineers were giving the College Park squad fits with
its aggressive defense.
The Terps with no backup at the point were left to the mercy of Coach
Bob Huggins trademark defense which forced Maryland into 23 turnovers.
Final score West Virginia 69 Maryland 59.
To put it bluntly Coach Turgeon got caught naked with no on to replace
Trimble on his roster to deal with “Huggy Bears” relentless
defensive attack. I can’t write here that the Terps would have won
the game if Trimble would have remained in the game but with his removal
it was a wrap.
Maryland (28-7) was still led in scoring by Trimble (15pts. and 7rebs.).
Jake Layman (10pts.-3asst.) and Dez Wells (9pts.-5rebs.) chipped in as
Maryland’s season came to and end.
The Terps reached the third round edging stubborn Valparaiso 65-62. Melo
Trimble (14pts.-10rebs.) and Dez Wells (14pts.-3rebs.-3asst.) led Maryland.
Jared also had 14 points in the Terps win.
The Terps with Trimble as their centerpiece should be in a good place
The pursuit of the National Championship has reached the sweet sixteen
of “March Madness” which always features the previously anointed
Dons of coaching as well as possible future Dons in waiting sometimes
takes the role of a Hollywood script with the varying personalities, how
the built their teams, and their offensive and defensive game plans.
Thursday from Cleveland (Midwest Region), Wichita State (30-4) and Notre
Dame (31-5) as Mike Brey has the usual veteran Irish team taking on the
equal Shockers who look to the juco board to stack their roster. Brey
has the jet guard in Demetrius Jackson to tip the scale.
Kentucky (36-0) led by Don John Calipari (2012) versus West Virginia (25-9)
in what may look like a 12 round championship bout ending sometime in
the later stages. Calipari marches on in pursuit of being re-crowned.
Thursday the West region from Los Angeles will start with Wisconsin (33-3)
versus North Carolina (26-11) and two time Don Roy Williams (2005-2009).
Wisconsin features their usual veteran squad but veteran and accomplished
head coach Bo Ryan who’s in search of a coronation.
Arizona (33-3) versus Xavier (23-13) as the Wildcats are led by Sean Miller
who’s fast in putting his bid in for future Don coronation. Xavier
season should end in Los Angeles.
On Friday UCLA (22-13) and Gonzaga (34-2) tangle in Houston in the South
region. No seriously. Mark Few ditto Bo Ryan has had some very good teams
but UCLA shouldn’t be here so they say, but here they are. UCLA
and N.C. State are the same. Bruins playing with house
In the nightcap Don Mike Krzyewski the four time Don (1991,1992,2001,and
2010) has that look and Winslow helps a lot.
The East bracket in Syracuse will have two time Don Rick Pitino (1996
and 2013) and Louisville(26-8) versus N.C. State (22-13) Wolfpack wildly
inconsistent but hot at the right time. Louisville will march on.
Oklahoma (24-10) will tangle with Michigan State (25-11). The Sooners
will match wits with State head coach Don Tom Izzo (2000). Spartans physical
at all times or you don’t play for Izzo.