Rich Chvotkin celebrates Georgetown’s NIT win


(Via @nibowe)

Georgetown beat West Virginia in the first round of the NIT on Tuesday night. It was a notable win largely because of the venue: McDonough Gymnasium was small, and loud, and picturesque, and nostalgified. The students were right on top of the court, and they were noisy. The announcers on ESPN talked a lot about Georgetown’s rise to prominence in the 1980s. And the Hoyas played well.

By the second half, though, the score was not particularly close. Georgetown won by a dozen points. There was no last-second drama, no crucial dagger or heart-stopping defensive stand.

Still, longtime radio voice Rich Chvotkin punctuated the victory by hollering “HOYAS WIN!” — his signature phrase — a whopping 20 times on ESPN 980. I can’t say for sure, but I think this might have been the most excited anyone in world history has ever been over a double-digit first-round NIT victory.

Apparently the students were at least partly to thank for this outburst. Thanks, students.

I’ve kind of lost track of the record, but at one point I claimed it was 17, set during a second-round NCAA tournament victory over Vanderbilt in 2007 and equaled in a regular-season triumph over Louisville in 2011. He also made it to 16 during a 2011 win over Connecticut.

(Photo via @nibowe. Thanks much to ESPN 980, local radio home of the Hoyas, for the audio.)

Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.
Continue reading
Comments
Show Comments