Archive for May, 2011
May 19, 2011 7:31 am by Big Willie Style
The 1989 Georgetown Hoyas #5 seed became the Big East All-Time Champions with a close 84-81 victory over the #1 seed 2004 UConn Huskies in the Championship Game of the Historical Big East Tournament. With a well-balanced attack the Hoyas took a three point lead by the half and held on to it for the remainder of the game to clinch the title. Alonzo Mourning with 17 points and 9 rebounds paced the GU crew. Charles Smith also had 17 for Gtown. Jaren Jackson tallied 15 and John Turner helped out with 13 points and 9 boards. The Hoyas shot 54% on 36-67 from the field.
The Huskies, who won the 2004 National Championship, were paced by Emeka Okafor’s 21 points and 17 rebounds. Ben Gordon chipped in with 20 points for the UConn hoopsters. Rashad Anderson had 14 for the Huskies. Georgetown won the battle of the boards 46-42 and overcame 17 turnovers to secure the championship. Okafor and Mourning each blocked 4 shots in the game. Each team committed 20 fouls in the even contest. Mourning was a perfect 8-8 from the field in the game.
The Hoyas reign as the All-Team top team in Big East history with the 6 wins in the tournament. The 1989 version of the Georgetown Hoyas is a team that is often overlooked because of the success of the Ewing teams in the mid 80s, but this was a national power and a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. They won the Big East regular season title, cruised to the Big East Tournament title and eventually were eliminated by Duke, one game away from the Final Four after compiling a record of 29-5 of the year. Yes, this was that famous overpowering Georgetown team that nearly lost to Princeton in the first round of the NCAAs. And while that result seemed nearly impossible, it’s not impossible to view this Georgetown team as the greatest team in Big East History.
We at bigeasthoops.com hope you enjoyed the Big East Historical Tournament. We look forward to the fall when Big East Hoops picks up once again as the UConn Huskies begin the defense of their National Title. Until then, congrats Hoya fans, and happy summer from your BE Hoops team.
May 18, 2011 10:10 am by Big Willie Style
The dream ends in overtime of the Final Four for the 1994 Friars. The#5 seed Hoyas knew it wouldn’t be easy but never thought it would take overtime to eliminate the #15 seed 1994 Providence Friars in the Final Four matchup. When it came down to the OT it was just too much Alonzo Mourning and company for the upstart Friars. Mourning tallied 15 points and 13 rebounds in the game. Charles Smith led the Hoyas with 22 points. Mark Tillmon also tossed in 15 for the winners. The Friars, the darlings of the tourney, pushed the Hoya crew to the limit led by Michael Smith’s 23 points and 17 rebounds. Michael Brown had 13 and Dickie Simpkins 11 for PC. The Hoyas will face the #1 seed 2004 National Champion UConn Husky team in the Championship game which will be played tomorrow.
May 17, 2011 10:34 am by Big Willie Style
The Final Four is underway! And the first matchup looked like a battle of the top two remaining teams. However, only one showed up in this Final Four matchup. Emeka Okafor tallied 21 points and had 10 rebounds to lead the #1 seed 2004 UConn Huskies to a resounding 78-50 thumping of the #2 seed 1985 Georgetown Hoyas and the right to advance to the Championship Game of the Big East All-Time Tourney. The Huskies cruised through most of the game without being threatened and had a strong game from Ben Gordon with 18 and Rashad Anderson with 16. UConn dominated all aspects of the game shooting 45% and outrebounding the Hoyas by 5. GU had a strong game from Patrick Ewing with 14 points and 7 rebounds. The Huskies will meet the winner of the 1994 Providence and 1989 Georgetown game in the Championship.
May 9, 2011 1:25 pm by Big Willie Style
Alonzo Mourning tipped in a missed shot with 9 seconds left to lift the #5 seed 1989 Hoyas to a heart-pounding 69-67 win over the #14 seed 2000 Syracuse Orangemen. If you’re down 18 at halftime, chances are good that you’re not coming back, but that’s exactly what the Hoyas of 1989 did to eliminate the final Syracuse team from this tournament. Mourning finished the game with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Charles Smith had 16, Jaren Jackson 14, and Mark Tillmon had 11 for GU which shot 51% in the game. The Orangemen were led by Ryan Blackwell with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Jason Hart had 14, Damone Brown 11 and Etan Thomas 11 for SU. Georgetown had a 36-28 edge on the boards. The Hoyas will meet the upstart 15 seed 1994 PC Friars in the Final Four with a sopt in the Championship game on the line.
And so we have our Final Four. Play will begin in the Final Four next week when cinderella 94 Providence takes on 89 Georgetown in one semi, and in what many are considering the likely National Championship semi 04 UConn takes on 85 Georgetown.
12:21 pm by Big Willie Style
Yes, you are reading correctly. The 1994 Providence Friars continued their improbable run to the championship with a 69-62 overtime win against the #1 seed 1999 UConn Huskies and will face the winner of the 1989 Georgetown – 2000 Syracuse game in the Final Four. The 15 seed PC team built an 8 point halftime lead and then held off the 1999 National Champion Huskies late game surge to force an overtime session. Michael Smith had 20 points and 13 rebounds to pace the Friars. Eric Williams had 14 points and 8 boards for PC. Richard Hamilton had 20 points for the Huskies who were in foul trouble most of the game. Khalid El-Amin, Kevin Freeman and Edmund Saunders all fouled out in the contest. Jake Voskuhl had 12 blocked shots for the losers. Providence, the 15-seed now joins a Final Four made up of 85 Georgetown and 04 UConn, two national heavyweights. The question we all are asking is; is this actually possible? The answer is of course. This Providence team won the 1994 Big East Tournament by defeating a Kerry Kittles Villanova team, Ray Allen and UConn in the semifinals, and then Othello Harrington and Georgetown in the finals. And it seems, they’ve strung together an even more impressive run in this tournament as the Friars have moved into the Final Four. They are now just two victories away from the Big East Historical Championship, and it should only get easier for the Friars, as the 99 Huskies were our #2 overall seed in this tournament.