Every week, across several sports, players around the DMV shine in individual performance. Every Monday, I’d like to take a minute to highlight some of those performances, including what I view as the best performance and name that athlete the “DMV Star of the Week.”
This week’s DMV Star of the Week is Howard sophomore guard Bryce Harris.
On Thursday night, Howard basketball won its first MEAC regular season championship since 1987, sealing the title with a dominant 87-67 win over second-placed Norfolk State.
The win clinches the top seed in the MEAC Tournament for Howard. If the Bison can win on Wednesday over South Carolina State, win Friday and again on Saturday, they will make the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1992.
In Thursday’s televised game on ESPNU, Harris showed up and showed out, scoring 22 points in 21 minutes off the bench, adding 10 rebounds to seal a double-double.
The 22 point on 9-11 shooting performance is a season-high for Harris while also recording just his second double-double of the season and the first against a division I opponent (14 points, 11 rebounds on 11/9 vs. University of D.C.).
The Bison play a ten man rotation and are built for tournament play. Not to mention that the team is HOT, having won 10 of its last 12 games entering Wednesday’s quarterfinal of the MEAC Tournament.
Howard ended one drought on Thursday that stretched over three decades by winning a regular season MEAC title. Can it end another three decade long drought and make it back to the NCAA Tournament?
The DMV saw ten teams in action this past week, including the Washington Capitals, Washington Wizards, D.C. United, and the Georgetown, George Washington, Maryland, American and Howard basketball teams along with the D.C. Defenders XFL team and Washington Nationals at Spring Training
Here are some honorable mention performances for DMV Star of the Week:
Three Capitals players recorded 3 points each in Saturday’s dominant 8-3 win over San Jose:
Alexander Ovechkin scored 2 goals and added 1 assist
Rasmus Sandin had 3 assists
Dylan Strome had 1 goal and 2 assists
Wizards guard Bradley Beal scored 30+ points twice in four games this past week, including a 37 point performance in a win over Atlanta and a 33 point performance in a loss to Milwaukee
Capitals right-winger Tom Wilson scored 2 goals in Wednesday’s 3-2 overtime win over Anaheim, including the game-winning goal just 69 seconds into OT
Maryland forward Julian Reese recorded a double-double in Wednesday’s 73-62 loss to Ohio State, scoring 17 points and hauling in 12 rebounds in 35 minutes
American forward Matt Rogers had a monster 24 point, 13 rebound performance in Sunday’s losing effort to Lafayette. The loss ended AU’s season after winning two games in the Patriot League Tournament
Here’s what’s coming up this week in DMV Sports:
Washington Capitals: (31-27-6, 6th in Metropolitan Division)
3/6 @ Los Angeles
3/9 vs. New Jersey
3/11 @ New York Islanders
Washington Wizards: (30-34, 10th in Eastern Conference)
3/7 @ Detroit
3/8 vs. Atlanta
3/10 vs. Atlanta
3/12 @ Philadelphia
D.C. United: (1-0-1, T-8th in Eastern Conference)
3/11 vs. Orlando City
Georgetown Basketball: (7-24 overall, 2-18, 11th in Big East)
3/8 vs. Villanova (First Round of Big East Tournament)
Maryland Basketball: (20-11 overall, 11-9, 6th in Big 10)
3/9 vs. Nebraska OR Minnesota (Second Round of Big 10 Tournament)
Howard Basketball: (19-12 overall, 11-3, 1st in MEAC)
3/8 vs. South Carolina State (Quarterfinals of MEAC Tournament)
American University Basketball: (17-15 overall, 7-11, 7th in Patriot League)
Season ended with 84-76 loss to Lafayette in double-OT in semi finals of Patriot League Tournament
George Washington Basketball: (16-15 overall, 10-8, 7th in Atlantic 10)
3/8 vs. Loyola Chicago OR Saint Joseph's (Second Round of Atlantic 10 Tournament)
D.C. Defenders: (3-0 overall, 1st in XFL North)
3/12 vs. Las Vegas
Washington Nationals: Spring Training
3/7 @ Miami
3/8 @ Detroit
3/10 vs. Miami
3/11 vs. New York Mets
3/12 @ St. Louis
*Denotes games I will be covering in-person