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Hoyas Kick Off Ed Cooley Era with a Bang, Send Dolphins Swimming, 94-57


Hoyas Head Coach Ed Cooley Starts the 2023-23 Season 1-0 as the new Head Coach of the Hoyas

Story By: Sol Tucker

Photos By: Sol Tucker

Washington, D.C–

Tonight, the match-up in D.C featured a series of firsts. It was the first game for new Hoyas Head Coach Ed Cooley at the helm and the first time for the Le Moyne College to face a team like Georgetown in its very first year as D1 program… They found our quickly that these dolphins might have a tough time swimming with the big fish.

Tonight’s game started with Le Moyne being celebrated during a pre-game ceremony at midcourt, when Georgetown President John DeGioia presented Le Moyne President Linda LeMura with a commemorative ball. When it was all over, it would end up being one of those nights you rather forget. As a new program at the D1 level, you most certainly have to get that first loss out of the way somehow, why not a lopsided blow-out courtesy of one of the most storied programs in college basketball history?

Georgetown took control early, building a 47-23 halftime edge. When the Hoyas pushed their lead to 20 points for the first time, Cooley came out to halfcourt and urged Georgetown fans to their feet, generating the first in-game standing ovation of his tenure.

Supreme Cook, led the way for the Hoyas tonight and really Georgetown’s strong post presence that had been missing the past few seasons. Last season he was All-MAAC Third-Team player with Fairfield, tonight he led Georgetown with 19 points and 13 rebounds. He missed just one of his nine shots.

Le Moyne was led by Kaiyem Cleary, who scored 11 points despite foul trouble that limited him to 23 minutes.

“This was a great start for our guys. We know we have more work to do before Saturday and we will be ready when the Big East starts, but for tonight, we can enjoy this and everyone will see what this program is made of this season,” said Hoyas Head Coach Ed Cooley.

Next up for the Hoyas, a Saturday night date with Holy Cross at Captial One Arena.

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