Hoyas fall to No. 1 Indiana in OT

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Hoyas fall to No. 1 Indiana in OT

The game: Both teams had leads, both teams rallied, both teams had late game runs. Georgetown's surge came late in regulation, overcoming a seven-point deficit with 2:03 remaining to force overtime, only to have top-ranked Indiana open the extra session with six straight points and hold on for an 82-72 win in the finals of the Legends Classic in Brooklyn.

Coming off a career-high 23 points on Monday's win over No. 13 UCLA, Markel Starks paced the Hoyas with 20 points including four 3-pointers. The junior guard started stronger than he finished. The opposite could be said of Otto Porter, who scored 12 of his 15 points after halftime.

Porter's dashing layup with 4.6 remaining in regulation tied the game at 64 and came after he and Starks nailed consecutive 3-pointers to pull Georgetown within one. In overtime Starks fouled out along with Mikael Hopkins (11 points) and Jabril Trawick. Porter's fellow All-American candidate Cody Zeller and guard Jordan Hulls both led the Hoosiers (5-0) with 17 points. Indiana made 26 free throws, half coming during the extra five minutes.

Like last season, the Hoyas entered Thanksgiving week unranked and with high-profiles tournament games upcoming (then Hawaii, now New York). Like last season, Georgetown pulled off a quality win (then Memphis, now UCLA) and impressed in a tight loss (then Kansas, now Indiana). By the next rankings, John Thompson III's squad will no longer reside among the unranked.

The stat: Georgetown finished the game with 10 free attempts, only one coming in the first 30 minutes. Indiana took 36 and finished with a 26-9 edge in free throw scoring. Zeller and IU guard Yogi Ferrell each took more free throws than the Hoyas collectively. The Hoosiers went to the line a ton in overtime in part because they started the extra time with a 6-0 run -- four free throws included --and the Hoyas eventually had no choice but to foul.

The concern: If blame for the lack of free throws is required, focus on Georgetown being 3-point happy and lacking a consistent post game against Indiana. The Hoyas launched 26 shots from beyond the arc - made 11 - after averaging 15 attempts over the opening three games.  As is frequently the case, a hot start from distance could not be sustained as Georgetown shot 3 of 12 after halftime. Indiana bucked that notion; after making 6 of 10 in the first half, the Hoosiers drained 4 of 7 in the second half.

As for the interior scoring, Porter's poised mid-range game remains stellar though he shot better from deep (3 of 4 on 3's) than close, especially early with a 1 of 6 start. Hopkins occasionally found success inside and the crisp early ball movement led to opportunities around the rim, but overall Georgetown struggled for low post production. Greg Whittington scored 12 points. Six of his 10 attempts came from beyond the arc. The lengthy 6-foot-8  forward's habit of staying along the perimeter continued even when Indiana had the 6-foot Hulls defend him. Power forward Nate Lubick's nightmarish game included five turnovers and missing all three of his field goal attempts.

The development: Attempting to solidify his role in the Hoyas backcourt, Trawick made his most significant contribution on the season during a 10-1 second-half run. On three straight possessions, the sophomore guard factored into Georgetown's scoring with an assist followed by consecutive baskets including an assertive drive to the rim as the Hoyas pulled ahead 49-45. In that stretch the heady Trawick also forced a turnover by jumping in front of an unsuspecting Hoosier in the open court, causing a travel call.

The next game: Hoyas host Mount St. Mary's on Saturday at noon.

Maryland women's lacrosse beats Boston College in championship

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Maryland women's lacrosse beats Boston College in championship

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- After a sporadic first half, top-seeded Maryland did what it normally does.

A 5-5 halftime tie was a 10-5 Maryland lead just 4:26 into the second half, and the Terrapins held on to beat Boston College 16-13 on Sunday in the NCAA women's lacrosse championship game.

"We struggled shooting in the first half," coach Cathy Reese said. "We came out in the second half on fire. Give these guys all the credit. They played hard. They played their hearts out."

Caroline Steele had six goals and an assist, Taylor Hensh scored three times, and the Terps capped an unbeaten season with their 13th NCAA title. Jen Giles, Megan Whittle and Kali Hartshorn each had two goals and an assist for the Terrapins (23-0).

Maryland played in its fifth straight final and won its third title in four years. The only NCAA tournament loss during that span came in last year's championship game, when North Carolina knocked off the two-time defending champ Terrapins 13-7.

"Three for four isn't too shabby. Finishing up your senior season undefeated is pretty awesome," said Zoe Stukenberg, who had three assists in her final game with the Terps.

The heavily favored Terps scored 10 seconds into the game, They racked up those five quick goals in the second half, but Boston College kept it from becoming a runaway.

"We were a little shook up again in the first half," Boston College coach Acacia Walker said. "They're just so smart. They just tuned in and did what they needed to do. Every person did their job and we just sort of plugged away."

Kenzie Kent had five goals and five assists for Boston College, which reached the championship game for the first time. Sam Apuzzo scored four goals for the Eagles, giving her 80 for the season.

Although Maryland never trailed, the Terps were pushed by the Eagles, who battled back from an early 5-2 deficit.

After being shut out for the last 16:11 of the first half, the Terps stormed out of halftime to regain command. Whittle started it with a goal 19 seconds in, then Steele struck for two 1:18 apart to get the Terps comfortably on top again.

"Caroline played great. She was on fire," Stukenberg said. "We needed her. Nobody else was and she stepped up when we needed her. It was unbelievable."

Kent kept Boston College close with three straight goals to cut the margin to 11-9, then assisted on Dempsey Aresenault's goal with 14 minutes left to get the Eagles back within a goal.

"I think it gives negative mojo to your team if you think of how many goals you're down," Kent said. "Instead, we take it play by play and I think that's what got us out of that hole."

Caroline Wannen scored for Maryland with 12:04 left to start the Terps on another scoring surge. Hensh put Maryland up 13-10, then, after Kent's fifth goal of the game, the Terps picked up three more goals by Kali Hartshorn, Steele and Hensh with 4:07 left to all but seal another title for Maryland.

Apuzzo added a pair of late goals for the Eagles.

Hartshorn put Maryland up 1-0 10 seconds in. Hensh made it 2-0 1:42 later when she plucked her rebound out of the air and swept it in behind BC goalie Zoe Ochoa. Apuzzo answered with two goals for BC to set the back-and-forth tone that would last until the final few minutes.

Maryland holds on to beat Denver, advance to national title game

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Maryland holds on to beat Denver, advance to national title game

The Maryland men’s lacrosse team is returning to the national championship game for a third straight year.

The Terrapins held on to beat Denver, 9-8, in the national semifinals Saturday afternoon at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

Maryland’s Connor Kelly scored the go-ahead goal with 8:41 to go and the Terps defense held tight to preserve the victory.

Kelly scored three goals to pace Maryland on offense. The Terps led 4-1 in the first half and 5-3 at halftime before Denver tied it up at 8-8 with 10 minutes remaining ahead of what proved to be the game winner.

In the final two minutes, both teams had goals waved off because of crease violations – one from Maryland's Colin Heacock with 1:28 remaining and a second from Denver's Connor Donahue with 9.2 seconds left.

Maryland will now play Ohio State in the national championship game at 1 p.m. ET Monday. The Buckeyes beat Towson, 11-10, in the earlier semifinal Saturday.

For the Terps, the game will mark their 14th national title game appearance, though they haven’t won it since 1975. Since then, Maryland has finished as runner-ups nine straight times (1976, 1979, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016), including four times in the past six years.

The Terps fell 10-5 to Denver (2015) and 14-13 in overtime to North Carolina (2016) in the last two national title games.

In addition to the 1975 title, Maryland also won it in 1973. They also finished as runner-ups in 1971 and 1974.

The Maryland women’s lacrosse team will be playing in their own national championship game Sunday, against Boston College. The Terps beat Penn State, 20-10, Friday night, and Boston College rallied to beat Navy, 16-15.

The Maryland women’s team has won 12 national championships, most recently in both 2014 and 2015.