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Hoyas Fight Back from 19 Point Deficit to Win Opener (photos)
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Sonya Bernhardt -- The Georgetowner Newspaper Sonya Bernhardt -- The Georgetowner Newspaper
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Dateline: Georgetown , DC
Thursday, November 07, 2019

 
Malik Jefferson of The Mount goes up against Mac McClung and Galen Alexander of the Hoyas in the 2nd half. Photo by Jeff Malet

It was looking bleak for the Goergetown University Hoyas on Wednesday Nov. 6 at the Capital One Arena in Washington D.C. It was their season opener and they were down 46-27 early in the second half to the underdog Mt. St. Mary’s Mountaineers. The Hoyas were ice cold from the field, at one point missing 13 shots in a row in a ten minute span while converting only 1 three pointer in 10 attempts in the first half.

“We woke up” said Hoyas Head Coach Patrick Ewing describing what happened next. A Hoyas full court press seemed to rattle the younger Mountaineers and suddendly the shots started to fall. Led by the play of sophmore guard James Akinjo’s 17 second half points and dominent play by transfer center Omer Yurtseven, the Hoyas climbed back to a tie score with 10 minutes to play. The Hoyas would finish with 20 straight points to ice the game.  81-68 was the final score.

Yurtseven and Akinjo scored 20 points each. Mac McClung had 16 points for the Hoyas on 6-of-9 shooting. Yurtseven shot 7-for-9 with 12 rebounds. Jalen Gibbs had 19 points and Vado Morse added 18 points for the Mountaineers. In a stark reversal, the Hoyas were 7-for-11 from the three point stripe in the 2nd half.

The Hoyas hope to improve on last year’s 19 wins. They return this season with 4 starters with Yurtseven filling in for the capable graduating senior Jesse Govan. Starting forward Josh Leblanc sat out the Mt. St. Mary’s game.

The Hoyas return to the Capital One Arena to play the Central Arkansas Bears at noon this upcoming Saturday Novermber 9.

View Jeff Malet’s photos of the Hoyas against Mt. St. Mary’s by clicking on the photo icons below.

 
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