November 12, 2007

This and That: William and Mary

November 12, 2007 - Following, as has become custom, this writer provides observations and happenings regarding Georgetown's latest game, a 68-53 victory over William and Mary Saturday:

A Banner Is Just A Banner: Before the game started, a banner commemorating all of Georgetown's trips to the NCAA Tournament's Final Four appearances (1943, 1982, 1984, 1985, 2007) was raised to the rafters of Georgetown's primary home court, D.C.'s Verizon Center.

While the over 11,000 fans in attendance were thrilled by the sight of the banner's elevation, the Hoyas' coach, John Thompson III and his players were non-plussed, choosing instead to focus on the improvement of this team.

Thompson's compartmentalization of last year's success was evident by his comments regarding what is necessary, from a global context, for the Hoyas to again see the Final Four or possibly win a national championship.

Starting backcourt mates, Jessie Sapp (18 points, 6 assists, 6 rebounds) and Jonathan Wallace (15 points, 4 rebounds) echoed their coach's here-and-now sentiment.

Half Of the Puppy Pound Sees Action: While freshmen Omar Wattad and Nikita Mescheriakov didn't see action, their neophyte brethren, Austin Freeman and Chris Wright did, with Freeman providing three points and three rebounds, while Wright chipping in an assist, playing 12 and eight minutes, respectively.

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