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Basketball Report

Special to Informer | , Robert Stephens | 1/27/2012, 11:23 a.m.

This week we are all over the map as we enter the second half of collegiate and high school play.

The big news in the world of basketball has been the firing of Flip Saunders by the Washington Wizards organization and its owner Ted Leonis. The Wizards after their 20 point loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on the road cut their ties with Saunders. Saunders replacement Randy

Wittman has a record of 100-217 as head coach with stops at Minnesota and Cleveland. Hopefully we will be able to bring you more information from the NBA in the near future.

The Georgetown Hoyas completed their weekend with a hard fought 52-50 win over Big East opponent Rutgers. The Hoyas trailed 25-20 at the half and fought their way back to capture their 16th win of the season.

" Our defense won this game for us." said Hoya head John Thompson 3rd. Otto Porter scored the final six points for the home as the Scarlet Knight battled the Hoyas to the wire. "He is composed." " Otto doesn't get rattled . He just plays the game."

Henry Sims led the Hoyas now (16-3,6-2 Big East) with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Jason Clark added 11 points and 5 rebounds.

Porter finished his afternoon's work with 9 points and 4 rebounds. The Hoyas travel to Pittsburgh to fact the Panthers Saturday to face the Panthers at 4pm. on ESPN.

The Howard University Bison fell to North Carolina Central 69-53 at Burr Gymnasium. The Bison record now stands at (4-16,1-6 MEAC) Glen Andrews led the Bison with 17 points. Samuel Frazier chipped in with 10 points.

Howard travels to Savannah St. and South Carolina St. this weekend.

The University of Maryland dedicated their court in honor of Gary Williams Tuesday night. Williams led the Terrapins to a national title in 2002.

Williams treated the crowd to his famous fist pump to the excitement of the crowd has they prepared to host the Duke Blue Devils.

" It was great to do it one more time." Williams said. "That's the last time." Duke defeated the Terps 74-61 to improve to 17-3 on the season, 5-1 in ACC play.

Terrell Stoglin led the Terps who fell to (12-7,2-3 ACC) with 16 points. Pe'Shon Howard chipped in with 10 points.

The Terps dropped a 73-60 non-conference contest to Temple in Philadelphia Saturday.

Terrell Stoglin led the Terps with 20 points. Pe'Shon Howard chipped in with 15.

In high school basketball Gonzaga held off DeMatha 76-74 as the Stags came from behind with a rally in the fourth quarter. The Eagles with the win remained undefeated at 17-0, 6-0 WCAC) Jordan Abdur-Ra'off's 2 free throws with with 1.2 seconds

remaining put the Eagles in front. In the CIAA which is comprised of two divisions the following

teams are the current leaders in their respective divisions.

CIAA North Division

Bowie State 6-2 14-3

Virginia Union 5-3 10-10

CIAA South

Shaw University 7-0 15-2

Winston-Salem State 7-0 15-2

St. Augustine 5-2 10-7

Shaw University is currently ranked 17th in the latest Division two poll. Bowie State in ranked 19th.

In high school basketball Gonzaga held off DeMatha to remain unbeaten edging the Stags 76-74 at American University.

Jordan Abdur-Ra'oof hit two free throws with 1.2 seconds remaining in the contest. KrisJenkins led the Eagles with 27 points.

Charles Glover chipped in with 16 points, Ra'off finished with 14 points and Will Rassman added 13 as the Eagles improved to 17-0.

DeMatha was led by James Robinson who finished with 25 points.

The WCAC shapes up as follows:

Paul VI 8-0 16-2

Gonzaga 6-0 17-0

DeMatha 7-1 16-2

O'Connell 6-4 11-7

The DCIAA features some of the most competitive match ups in the area. A look at the DCIAA standings shows the competitive balance in the league.

DCIAA EAST

Spingarn 6-0 14-5

Ballou 5-1 8-8

McKinley 4-2 9-5

DCIAA WEST

Coolidge 6-0 16-4

Dunbar 4-1 10-5

Roosevelt 4-1 10-6

Wilson 4-2 14-6

All seven of these teams are competitive on any given night. Spingarn and Coolidge as of right now are the class of the public school league.