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Sixteen First-Half Points Doom Hoyas Against Xavier

Coming off of a smack down of Villanova and an overtime thriller against Marquette, Georgetown fans could be excused for expecting the Hoyas to come ready to play against the Xavier Musketeers. However, Georgetown (14-6, 6-3 Big East) fell to Xavier (14-7, 5-4 Big East) for the second time in a thoroughly frustrating game.

The Bad: The first half play of the Hoyas could be most kindly called a disaster. Xavier led the entire half, with Musketeer sophomore guard Myles Davis hitting big threes and dishing in the lane. With 12 turnovers and an abysmal 25% field goal percentage, Georgetown generated just 16 points in the first period, trailing 29-16 going into halftime. Xavier struggled to crack the Georgetown defense, especially given the number of fast breaks generated by Hoya turnovers, as senior guard and co-captain Jabril Trawick and senior center Josh Smith wreaked havoc with steals and blocks. The Hoyas’ frustrations came on the other end of the court, where shots wouldn’t fall and the ball was thrown around as carelessly as a hot potato.

Georgetown managed to slash its turnovers in the second half (only 4) and had sparks of creativity and scoring on offense, even cutting Xavier’s lead to 7 with 3:30 left in the game. But it could not quite close the gap on the Musketeers. The biggest issue came at the charity stripe, where the Hoyas went a miserable 13-24 on free-throws, including a 4-9 effort by Josh Smith). Every time junior guard and co-captain D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera tried to trigger a run with a bucket, Xavier responded with a basket of its own. Head Coach John Thompson III spent the game pacing the sidelines, alternating between anger and annoyance as layups rimmed out and the Hoyas racked up fouls.

Silver Linings: Fans will not find a whole lot of positives to be taken from this game. The Hoyas reclaimed underdog status, at least.

Freshman guard Tre Campbell had flashes of smart play. He plays aggressive, energetic full court defense every game and will hit open threes consistently. In the second half tonight, he showed range as he ran the court to earn a tough and-one layup. Look for Campbell to continue his rapid improvement as part of a dynamic freshmen class.

Smith — struggles from the free-throw line not withstanding — had a great game. He dominated the defensive paint, sending Xavier layups flying on a couple of occasions. On offense, he used his usual arsenal of spry post footwork to break the Hoyas out of their scoring slump and fought aggressively for offensive boards.

What’s Next: Georgetown will look to bounce back in Big East play as it takes to the the road to visit Creighton (9-12, 0-8 Big East) this Saturday.

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Behind the Numbers: Georgetown Wins in Milwaukee

Georgetown went on the road and defeated Marquette 95-85 in overtime. The Hoyas improve to 14-5 and 6-2 in conference, good enough to stay at the top of the Big East.

2 — The number of games in a row with 17 points for freshman forward Isaac Copeland. Copeland has had a breakthrough stretch which started with the game-winning shot with 5 seconds left against Butler and continued with a breakout performance against Villanova and a much-needed solid performance against Marquette.

3 — The number of combined points for senior guard and co-captain Jabril Trawick and freshman forwards L.J. Peak and Paul White. Trawick and Peak missed most of the game with injury, while White played a large chunk of the second half with four fouls before fouling out.

4 — The number of consecutive wins for Georgetown. Victories over Big East opponents have the Hoyas in first place and certain to claim a top-25 ranking.

6 — The number of Georgetown players with over 10 points. The Hoyas scored a total of 95, their most this season.

39 — The number of points for Marquette from three point shots. The Golden Eagles were 13-25 from beyond the arc.

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Georgetown Fan and The Hoya Writer Has No Regrets Over Court-Storming

Following Georgetown’s rout of No. 4 Villanova at the Verizon Center this past Monday, students streamed onto the court in celebration of the 78-58 upset. After waiting in line for hours outside the Verizon Center and cheering passionately for the Hoyas for 40 minutes, the win sparked a feeling of euphoria strong enough to fuel a sprint to the middle of the court. Phones were out to make sure that everyone recorded the event on their Snapchat stories, screaming fans cheered, and the entire student body came together as an entity to show our support and excitement about the conference victory.

In the moment, I also ran onto the court with hundreds of other students. However, mere moments after the pandemonium concluded, Twitter exploded with criticism of our actions. Not only did the Hoya Sports twitter document Coach John Thompson III’s comment stating that we would regret our actions, but several Georgetown students also expressed disappointment with the turn of events on both Facebook and Twitter. The next day, Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon of ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption spent a whole 2 minutes — for those of you who watch PTI, 2 minutes is a long time — expressing clear disdain toward the Georgetown student body.

In retrospect, I completely understand every argument that was made. Yes, we did show a level of disrespect for the rivalry. Yes, it does add more fire to the bellies of the Wildcat squad. And yes, I do think it can be misconstrued as showing a lacking faith in the team. I agree that court-storming has become more popular and less meaningful, which I agree is also an issue. Lastly, I cannot ignore the fact that Georgetown has to take responsibility for our actions and the damage we caused. Continue reading

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RAPID RECAP: Hoyas Rise Atop the Big East with 78-58 Victory over ‘Nova

On paper, Monday night’s game at Verizon Center was played between an unranked team and the fourth-ranked team in the country; the result of the game could hardly have been further from the truth. Georgetown (13-5, 5-2 Big East) dominated nearly from start to finish to down No. 4 Villanova by a final of 78-58. Some reactions are below.

What It Means
Beating Villanova gives Georgetown sole possession of first place in the Big East by half a game. The Hoyas also add a marquee win to its résumé with the key victory.

The fastest of fast starts

A common thread through Georgetown’s three previous home Big East games was lethargic play in the opening minutes. On Monday, however, the Hoyas used an 18-1 to jump out to a 31-12 lead with 5:14 to play in the first half. Villanova trailed by 22 at the break and did not come within 12 for the rest of the game.

A Balanced Attack

Georgetown had seen individual pieces flash moments of brilliance in different games throughout the season, but Monday night was the first time every player’s efforts seemed to come together. Freshmen L.J. Peak, Isaac Copeland and Paul White combined for 34 points, 17 of which were produced by Copeland — a season high for the hero of Saturday’s 61-59 win over Butler. Junior guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera matched Copeland’s 17 points and senior guard Jabril Trawick finished in double digits as well with 10 points on 3-of-4 shooting. As a team, the Hoyas shot 51 percent from the field and 50 percent from behind the arc. The second-leading scorer was senior center Joshua Smith, but he was almost an afterthought in the offense, contributing nine points to the Hoyas’ effort. His presence was felt more significantly on the defensive glass, where he grabbed 8 defensive rebounds.

Toughness of Trawick

Head Coach John Thompson III said he thought Trawick’s performance against Butler was one of his more impressive efforts from his four-year career on the Hilltop; Trawick’s performance from tonight will probably also rank right up there. As mentioned, the Philadelphia native had 10 points, but he was also a linch pin on defense the entire night, tallying two blocks and four steals. Trawick briefly retreated to the Georgetown locker room in the second half after sustaining a blow to his left eye. When he emerged, Villanova had begun to claw back into the game, turning a 25-point deficit into 14 with 10:08 remaining. Trawick’s presence seemed to reenergize the Hoyas’ defense, which began to get stops and kept the game out of the Wildcats’ reach.

What’s Next

Georgetown will have a few days to savor its victory before hitting the road to play Marquette (10-7, 2-3 Big East) on Saturday. The two-game weekend home stand has been incredibly productive for Georgetown, but the road — where the Hoyas are 3-9 in conference play since the beginning of last season — poses new challenges. Georgetown beat Marquette 65-59 on Jan. 6 in Washington.

 

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Hoya Hoops Report Episode 2: In the Midst of Big East Play

Tom Schnoor and Peter Barston take on the latest Georgetown basketball news in their latest podcast.

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