Georgetown’s Big East slide continues against St. John’s
Georgetown lost a heartbreaker to St. John’s last night at Madison Square Garden, 61-58. It was the second loss in three Big East games for Hoyas, who continued their disappointing start to conference play. The 1-2 record comes as a surprise after the team began the season 11-1 playing one of the toughest out-of-conference schedules in the country. Some notes on the loss:
“The Big Three” comes up short
The combination of Chris Wright, Austin Freeman, and Jason Clark entered tonight’s game shooting a combined 41.2 percent from behind the arc, but against St. John’s, the trio went 2-for-13 from downtown and scored a combined 20 points. The old adage “live by the three, die by the three” couldn’t have been more painfully true tonight.
The Hoyas commited 14 turnovers, which is nothing new–they average 14.2 per game–but they only forced St. John’s into committing four. The turnover margin of ten was Georgetown’s worst of the season. The team can’t expect to win many games in the Big East with that large of a differential.
Cooling the hot hand
Hollis Thompson was the Hoyas’ best player, scoring a team-high 16 points and grabbing 7 rebounds, but he was nowhere to be seen in the final minutes of the game. Experience wasn’t the issue, as Nate Lubick, a less experienced, less potent offensive player took Hollis’ spot on the floor with the rest of the starting five.
Up next for Georgetown is a home game against West Virginia (8-4, 2-0 Big East) on Saturday. It’s the first time the Hoyas face the Mountaineers since they lost to them in last season’s Big East Finals. Revenge will have to take a back seat though, as Georgetown should only be thinking about how to rebound from their slow conference start.