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The Morning After: Georgetown Beats Belmont, N.C. State is Next

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The Georgetown Hoyas won its first NCAA Tournament game since 2008 yesterday with a resounding performance against the Belmont Bruins. The Hoyas will face the NC State Wolfpack on Sunday at 12:15pm for the right to roll into the Sweet Sixteen.

NCAA basketball tournament: Georgetown silences Belmont threat, 74-59 - The Washington Post
Regardless of what’s ahead for Georgetown in the coming days and weeks, seniors Jason Clark and Henry Sims are assured of leaving the Hilltop knowing what it’s like to win an NCAA tournament game.

Hoya Prospectus: Recap: Georgetown 74, Belmont 59
Woo-hoo! The Hoyas used their secret weapon (the 2-3 zone) to slow down a very scary Belmont offensive attack, while playing one of their strongest offensive games of the season to handle the Bruins, 74-69.

No. 3 Georgetown 74, No. 14 Belmont 59: Five thoughts | Washington Examiner
“I think they’re a better team than I thought they were,” Bruins coach Rick Byrd said, but he’s the only one with a good excuse.

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GLIDEHOYAS: Hoyas steamroll Belmont in first Madness WIN 74-59 aka No upset Alert
The Hoyas had 11 turnovers but they weren't crucial, but they will be very mindful of this the rest of the way. The great thing is the Hoyas made most of their free throws. 9-13 @ 69.2% Yessss! Free throws also win championships. Let's keep this up.

Eye On College Basketball - Georgetown finally gets long-awaited tourney win
I was in Providence in 2010 when Armon Bassett went for 32 points and a young, baby-faced guard named D.J. Cooper pulled the shocker and knocked off the third-seeded Hoyas. I was also in attendance last season in Chicago when No. 6 Georgetown was beaten by VCU in the Hoyas first game of the Big Dance. The last time Georgetown has been relevant in the NCAA tournament? Try five years ago when the Hoyas knocked off North Carolina in overtime to advance to the Final Four.

Rapid Reaction: Georgetown 74, Belmont 59 - College Basketball Nation Blog - ESPN
Turning point: It was a six-point game after a 9-2 Belmont rally that concluded with a Blake Jenkins tip-in with 14:46 to play. Uh oh, right? Wrong. Georgetown opened the game back up via a Belmont goaltending call, a Bruins turnover on their next possession, a Henry Sims turnaround hook and a Greg Whittington dunk. And just like that the Hoyas had a double-digit lead again.

Georgetown knocks out Belmont to end NCAA tournament drought - Washington Times
"There’s no doubt, and I would be misleading if I were to say it is not a relief," coach John Thompson III said. "We’ve been at all ends of the spectrum, going to the Final Four, Sweet 16. The last couple years, we’ve had early exits. Because of that, naturally leading up to today there were a lot of questions."

N.C.A.A. Tournament - Hoyas Advance Behind Their Size and Shooting -
The crowd at Nationwide Arena erupted when Belmont cut Georgetown’s lead to 42-36 early in the second half, but with the 6-foot-10 Sims scoring and distributing, the Hoyas extended their lead late. Sims had five assists to go with his 15 points.

Hoyas' hot shooting is too much for Bruins | The Tennessean |
Georgetown shredded Belmont’s defense with 61.2 percent shooting, often scoring from point-blank range, in a 74-59 blitz of the Bruins in the NCAA Midwest Regional on Friday.

Georgetown Postgame Press Conference -
John Thompson III talks about Georgetown's effort against Belmont.

(3) Georgetown vs. (11) N.C. State Preview | HOOPSWORLD | Basketball News & NBA Rumors
In the Round of 32 Georgetown takes on N.C. State in a game of two teams who are much closer than the seedings indicate.