- The Washington Times - Friday, March 16, 2007

Yesterday at Joel Coliseum in Winston-Salem, N.C.:


Georgetown won the mythical student section battle against Belmont as well. In response to Hoya Blue’s chant of “Where is Belmont?” the Bruins fanbase came up with “What’s a Hoya?” The Georgetown faithful, of course, roared with mock appreciation at this Belmont response because Hoya Saxa is latin for “What Rocks,” making the chant “What’s a Hoya” more declarative statement than derisive question. …

Courtesy of the blowout victory, Georgetown freshman forward Vernon “Big Ticket” Macklin earned some playing time yesterday and responded with a solid effort, scoring eight points and pulling down four rebounds.


4:29 Time remaining when Belmont made its first 3-pointer of the second half. During the game’s first 35-plus minutes, Georgetown held the Bruins to just three 3-pointers en route to building a 64-38 lead. Belmont entered the game ranked 22nd in the NCAA in 3-point field goals a game, averaging 8.8 on the season, but finished 6-for-26 against the Hoyas’ amoeba zone.

22-2 Georgetown’s record in NCAA first-round games, the best such mark in the nation. The Hoyas’ only opening-round losses came against higher seeded teams in 1981(James Madison) and 1997 (Charlotte).

Barker Davis