Past Meets Present at Midnight Madness
Oct. 15, 2011
WASHINGTON - Past met present at McDonough Arena on Friday night as the Georgetown University men's and women's basketball teams tipped off the season with their annual Midnight Madness celebration. Both squads welcomed back a number of alumni as students and boosters packed the stands.
Doors to the arena opened around 8 p.m. and early in the evening, the new slogan for the We Are Georgetown t-shirt was introduced to the crowd: Guarding the Tradition, Building a Legacy. Fans were then treated to tremendous performances from the Georgetown University Step Team, the Hoya Drum Line, GU Jawani and Groove Theory. A game of musical chairs was also staged among students from the crowd.
That was followed by The Hoya Shooting Stars Contest between a mix of former players, current players and students. The former players served as captains for the four teams and included Roy Hibbert, Monica McNutt, Greg Monroe and Mark Tillmon. The game was won by team Saxa made up of Tillmon, Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep), Tommacina McBride (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame) and a student from the crowd.
Jack the Bulldog reminded the crowd that the men's team would be playing in the EA Sports Maui Invitational by coming onto the floor with a custom-made Georgetown surfboard before the cheerleaders got the crowd going.
The women's basketball team was introduced one-by-one, capped off by the introduction of Head Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy, who led the crowd in a chant of Hoya Saxa. She also unveiled the Sweet 16 banner on the south wall of the arena in honor of last season's accomplishments.
Before the introduction of the men's team, a large contingent of former Hoyas was recognized including current-NBA players Jeff Green, Patrick Ewing, Jr., Hibbert and Greg Monroe. The final introduction was for men's basketball athletic trainer Lorry Michel who has been a part of the Georgetown family for 30 years.
Ewing, Jr., was then joined by his mother and father, Hoya-great Patrick Ewing, for the unveiling of his New Orleans Hornets jersey on the jersey wall. It marked the first father-son duo to adorn the jersey wall.
The men's team was then introduced, with the last two to visit the floor being seniors Henry Sims (Baltimore, Md./Mount St. Joseph) and Jason Clark (Arlington, Va./Bishop O'Connell), followed by Head Coach John Thompson III, who came out dancing to Marvin Gaye.
The men's basketball team got in formation per Thompson's instructions to perform LMFAO's "Party Rock Anthem" with Jack the Bulldog.
The men's basketball team and alums had a dunk contest with freshman Jabril Trawick (Jenkintown, Pa./Abington Friends) and Ewing, Jr., in the finals and Trawick eventually taking the title. The judges included Green, alum Jerome Williams and Hibbert.
The evening concluded as Clark and his teammates led the crowd in the rallying cry of "We Are...Georgetown."