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.

Turnovers

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.

Coming up…

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.

One Comment on “Georgetown’s Big East slide continues against St. John’s

  1. It all comes down to coaching. Hollis Thompson can be a star at Georgetown. He can be compared to Reggie Williams in size and game but needs to stay on the floor. Most coaches woud have wanted him on the floor the last 3 minutes of the came. JT3 subs for no apparent reason. These close games takes good coaching and it is obvious the coach has difficulty matching players on the floor. I love Georgtown and ourguards are good. Thompson’s 6ft 7 with a jumper but he normally is pulled for benimon who is very limited offensively or Lubbick who will be a good player but was not ready on a night when the guards were really off.

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