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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.

Unique skillset benefits George Mason's Marquise Moore in NBA aspirations

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Unique skillset benefits George Mason's Marquise Moore in NBA aspirations

Marquise Moore is not your prototypical college basketball star. But as the 2016-17 season prooved, he is one of the most intriguing and interesting players. 

Standing at just 6-2, the George Mason guard averaged a double-double, and the second category wasn't assists.

The lightly recruited Queens, N.Y. native averaged 16.9 points and 10.9 rebounds, while being the eighth best rebounder in the country. Of the top 50 rebounders last season, Moore was the only one under 6-5 and was the best rebounder among guards. 

Entering college as a two-star recruit with just three offers, Moore's collegiate career ended as a all-conference performer at a traditional mid-major power.

This past season the Patriots finished 20-14, the best mark in Moore's four years with the team. It was also Moore's coming out party, Moore flourished on court and garnered attention from several national outlets due to his unique and unlikely skillset.

Outlets like the Washington Post and Bleacher Report were baffled on how a 6-2 guard could be so good at rebounding. His opponents were baffled too.

"Marquise could not be guarded and kept out of the paint one-on-one in the Atlantic 10," George Mason coach Dave Paulsen told CSN Mid-Atlantic. "I gotta believe he'd have the ability to get into the lane, to attack at the highest of levels."

Now, the Atlantic 10 is nothing compared to the level of play in the NBA, but his skills can transfer across all levels. In the association, teams cannot collapse on a small guard driving down the lane, otherwise sharp shooters will be left open. If his college game can translate, he could be the perfect bench point guard to at least get starters rest and generate scoring opportunities. Already his workouts with the Houston Rockets and Philadelphia 76ers prepared him for the higher level of play. 

"You want it more when you are playing against those type of guys," Moore told CSN in Early July. "I've never been highly ranked, highly recruited or anything. Definitely felt overlooked so I'm glad I proved I'm just as good or better than them." 

Getting some pre-draft workouts with both the Rockets and 76ers, there was optimism that Moore could get pulled for a summer league roster.

Unfortunately for the George Mason grad, an ankle tweak in early May served as a major setback for a player that has a lot to prove with opportunities few and far between.

"I think he'd have four or five more workouts if he hadn't had the ankle sprain," Paulsen said. "Had he had a few more workouts, that would have gotten him more exposure to get in for a summer league thing. He's a few weeks behind because of the ankle sprain and its going to take him a little longer to get where he wants to go."

With the summer league now gone without Moore on any roster, he is now in a limbo like many other talented stars who did not benefit from the high-major spotlight. Of course for all basketball prospects, the ultimate dream is to play in the NBA, but the best path to get there is not always clear.

The two primary options for Moore is to play overseas or continue to get workouts with the NBA and G-League teams domestically. 

Currently, Moore is still battling for his NBA path. He is set up to participate in the G-League Player Invitational Aug. 13 in Chicago, an event he can earn eligibility for the G-League draft in October. 

"I feel like I have interest from NBA teams," Moore said. "Going to the G-league will be a more foreseeable option, but I'm not sure if I want to enter the G-league blindly without hearing from any NBA teams becuase its really hard to move up that way."

As a guard with incredible physicality, the unknown is actually what could bring Moore to an NBA team.

Will there be a team willing to bite?

The G-League Player Invitational will be the next measuring stick on how NBA coaches and scouts feel about Moore a month removed from summer league. Admitting his weaknesses in the workouts, Moore thrives during live-ball action, which is a huge part of the invitational. 

Look out for teams that need rebounding and thrive off of physical play. Teams that come to mind instantly are the Atlanta Hawks, Washington Wizards, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers; two teams that had pre-draft interest, the Chicago Bulls and Rockets; and the team who followed him thoughout his senior season, the Brooklyn Nets.

Its too bad that Washington's G-League team will not be formed until next season, otherwise there would be a perfect backup guard that could work right into Washington's system. 

"Mason fans know what I can do but I feel like most people still don't know. Just trying to show people what I can do one person at a time, you know, get a shot."

University of Virginia cornerback wins $100k in Virginia lottery

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University of Virginia cornerback wins $100k in Virginia lottery

Virginia cornerback Chuck Davis hit all five numbers recently on Cash Five game from the Virginia Lottery to take home $100,000.

He went on a coffee run one morning for his mom and decided to play the numbers his gradmother gave him and now he's $100k richer and looks like the happiest person on the planet.

God first last and always 🙌🏽

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Davis is a redshirt freshman after sitting out a year after a transfer from Nebraska. As for his plans for the money?

Here's hoping he gets to enjoy all the money and doesn't get a call from the NCAA.