MCCC Men's Basketball
to Play at D.C. Verizon Center
N.J. -- Members of the Mercer County Community College men's basketball
program enjoyed a thrill last season during a break from a tournament
at Frederick (Md.) Community College. The Vikings held a practice
at Georgetown University and met with Hoyas head coach John Thompson
On Saturday, December 5, the Vikings will have an even more memorable
day involving Georgetown's storied program. MCCC will play Frederick
in a game that precedes a Georgetown game at the Verizon Center
in Washington, D.C.
MCCC second-year head coach Howard Levy, who has been friends with
Thompson for over 25 years, will guide his squad against Frederick
in a noon contest. At 4 p.m., Georgetown is set to play American
University at the 20,173-seat arena.
"I had the idea for the game and John got it done," Levy
The Vikings, who play at Delaware Tech-Stanton the evening before
their Verizon Center game, will watch the Georgetown-American game
before returning to the MCCC campus. Levy is hopeful his players
and assistant coaches will get to meet with Thompson again.
Levy was a senior center for Princeton during the 1984-85 season
when Thompson was a freshman forward. They remained friends through
the years and eventually coached together for eight seasons at Princeton.
Thompson left to become Georgetown's head coach in 2004.
In addition to being the home court for Georgetown men's basketball,
the Verizon Center is home to the NBA's Washington Wizards, the
NHL's Washington Capitals and the WNBA's Washington Mystics.
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