Friday night featured a few upsets, and the second day of the college basketball season has provided another as Radford beat Georgetown 82-80 in double overtime. A deep three from Rashun Davis, who finished with a game-high 28 points, with 1.5 seconds remaining in the second extra session was the difference for the Highlanders, who were picked to finish fourth in the Big South preseason poll.
The game was part of the 2K Classic, with the semifinal and championship rounds scheduled for November 20 and 22 at Madison Square Garden. So with this win Radford has a shot at playing at the World’s Most Famous Arena, right? No.
Something that some early season tournaments have done in recent years is ensure that their top drawing teams will play in the championships rounds of the event, regardless of what happens in the preliminary round games. In addition to the ticket sales this also ensures those programs opportunities to play against other highly regarded teams, thus helping their overall resumes with an eye towards March.
That’s why the Hoyas will still make the trip to New York for the semifinals of the 2K Classic along with Duke, Wisconsin (which lost to Western Illinois Friday night) and VCU.
The Hoyas opened the game playing sluggish basketball, with senior point guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera not scoring a point during those opening 20 minutes, and they wound up with a major fight on their hands as a result. Davis’ shot capped a productive afternoon for the point guard, with Cameron Jones supplementing his teammate’s efforts with 20 points and seven rebounds. Bradley Hayes led four Hoyas in double figures with 19 points while also grabbing 12 rebounds.
Next up for Georgetown is their highly anticipated trip to College Park to take on preseason Big Ten favorite Maryland as part of the Gavitt Tipoff Games Tuesday night. And with that game being followed by match-ups with Wisconsin and either Duke or VCU, the Hoyas will need to make significant strides while taking on tough competition over the next week.
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