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Georgetown University forward Chudier Bile scored a team-high 19 points off the bench and nearly posted a double-double with a team-high effort of nine rebounds against Providence University on Jan. 30. (Courtesy Photo)

By Daniel Kucin Jr.
Special to the AFRO

Georgetown beats Providence

After four postponed games due to COVID-19 protocols, the Georgetown University Men’s Basketball program snuck past Providence University 73-72 in comeback fashion on Jan. 30.

The Hoyas came back from a 15-point first half deficit against their Big East Conference foe to improve to 4-8 guided by an impressive performance from forward Chudier Bile.

Bile scored a team-high 19 points off the bench and nearly posted a double-double with a team-high effort of nine rebounds.

“It feels good. I am happy that we got the win … I feel that I am starting to get more comfortable with the system and knowing where I am going to attack and get my shots,” said Bile. “It felt good to get this win for sure, to get back on the winning side.”

Georgetown takes Creighton University (9-3) on Wednesday at 9 p.m., sitting comfortably in second place behind Villanova University in the Big East standings.

Howard Women keep it going

Howard University’s Women’s Basketball team is riding high on a three-game win streak after blowing past Delaware State University, 71-60 on Jan. 30.

Howard guard Jayla Thorton knocked down a season-high, seven three-pointers, while guard Iyanna Warren facilitated eight assists (career-high) to come out on top.

The next game was postponed due to expected inclement weather, but the Bison will resume play against Morgan State University (7-2) at home on Feb. 6-7 in a two-game slate. Howard has split the series 1-1 this season.

GW/American Men’s games postponed

Two prominent men’s basketball programs in the area (American, George Washington) did not complete their scheduled matches this past week and were subsequently postponed due to COVID-19 protocols.

The Patriot League men’s basketball games between American and Lafayette scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 30 and Jan. 31, are postponed following discussions between both programs and the league office.

The American University Department of Athletics is currently anticipating the required test results to provide university and Patriot League testing protocols.

The George Washington University match against Saint Louis University on Feb. 6 has been postponed, and the Colonials have not played since Jan. 17 because of COVID-19 restrictions.

“The GW men’s basketball team remains paused due to COVID-19, and accordingly, the upcoming game scheduled for Saturday, [Feb. 6] against Saint Louis has been postponed,” read a GW statement. “Further updates on the program’s status will be released as appropriate.

George Washington Women fall to Richmond

George Washington’s women’s team has suffered its fourth consecutive loss of the season after falling to the University of Richmond 60-49 on Jan. 29.

George Washington guard Maddie Loder led the way with 13 points, four assists, and had three steals defensively in a losing effort. Guard Jasmine Whitney and forward Neila Luma combined for 14 points, but GW was ice cold from the floor, shooting just .300.

GW simply could not contain Richmond’s three-headed monster in Addie Budnik, Claire Holt and Kate Klimkiewicz. Budnik led the Spiders in scoring with 13 points and had three blocks and three steals defensively, while Holt and Klimkiewicz combined for 21 points.