College Weekend Basketball Report

Robert P. Stephens II | 1/10/2010, 5:23 p.m.

Stanley Robinson led Connecticut scoring with 16 points. .
Photos By John E. DeFreitas

Hoyas Top UConn; Bison Fall to Morgan State

The 12th ranked Georgetown Hoyas, behind Austin Freeman's 28 second half points, rallied for 72-69 win over Big East rival Connecticut on Sat, Jan. 9 at the Verizon Center. The Hoyas trailed the 13th ranked Huskies 40-25 in the first half.

€In the first half they [U Conn] were terrific,€ said Hoya head coach John Thompson III. €They came out and did what they wanted to do.€Stanley Robinson led the Huskies with 12 points while grabbing 8 rebounds as the Huskies shot 50 percent from the floor compared to the Hoya's 29 percent.

At the start of the second half, the Hoyas played nothing like the team that had taken the court in the first half.

€Our offense made our defense better. We were getting better shots [in the second half]. We were able to set up our defense,€ Thompson said.

Austin Freeman led the Hoyas scoring 33 points
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Freeman (DeMatha) scorched the Huskies for 28 points in the second half. Freeman shot 11-17 from the floor in the final 20 minutes.

€Austin was rolling. He did a better job of getting to the basket,€ Thompson said.

€I was just being aggressive. My teammates got me open and they [U Conn] left me open so I just took the shots and stayed aggressive,€ Freeman said.

Freeman finished with 33 points, seven rebounds, three steals and two assists. Sophomore center Greg Monroe finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Junior guard Chris Wright chipped in with 14 points and four assists. UConn head coach Jim Calhoun talked about his team€s most recent losses.

€We lost on a last second John Wall play at the Garden [to Kentucky], at Cincinnati we lose on another last second play we have to finish these games." said the Huskies head coach. UConn dropped to 11-3 with the loss. The Hoyas improved to 11-2 on the season.

Howard Loses to Morgan State
Morgan State guard Reggie Holmes (#11) grabbed 7 rebounds to go along with his 22 points.
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Howard University suffered a 90-58 defeat at the hands of defending MEAC champion Morgan State at Burr Gymnasium on Sat., Jan. 9. The Bears dominated this contest from the beginning.

€Morgan was a better team than the Howard team,€ said Howard head coach Gil Jackson. Morgan raced to a 45-30 lead in the first half and never looked back. The Bears shot 51percent from the floor compared to the Bison 36 percent.

€We can play any type of style. We can play fast or slow, it doesn't matter to us. We have respect for all the MEAC teams we have to be ready,€ said Morgan head coach Todd Bozeman, last season€s MEAC coach of the year.

ALL MEAC player Reggie Holmes led the Bears in scoring with 22 points while grabbing seven rebounds. Sophomore Dwayne Jackson chipped in with 19 points. Ameer Ali scored 12 points and added five rebounds, while Joe Davis added 11 points.

€Reggie Holmes is our best player and is one of the top scorers in the country. He also works hard at practice and we go as he goes,€ Bozeman said.

The Bears out rebounded the Bison 42-31. They also outscored the home team 54-18 in the paint and 38-2 from the bench. Morgan improved to 9-7 (2-0) in conference play. The Bison dropped to 2-14 (1-1) in the MEAC).

Lady Bison Lose to Morgan State

Howard's leading scorer Zykia Brown, missed all six of her shots from the field. Corin Adams scored a team-high 23 points. Photo By John E. DeFreitas Photo by John E.DeFreitas
The lady Bison dropped a 57-48 MEAC Conference game to the lady Bears of Morgan State. The lady Bears, who held a 28-15 lead at the half, fought off Howard€s comeback attempt.

€We made some mental errors on offense and that led to some mental breakdowns on defense,€ said Howard head coach Niki Geckeler.

Howard was led in scoring by junior Zykia Brown 23 points. Saadia Doyle finished with 12 points and seven rebounds for the Bison. The Bison are now 5-8 on the season 1-1 in the conference. Morgan improved to 5-8 on the year 2-0 in MEAC play.