After a frustrating 46-40 win against an inferior Towson (4-5, 0-0 CAA) opponent this past Saturday, No. 15 ranked Georgetown (7-1, 0-0 Big East) will be back in action tonight, as they take on Longwood (2-6, 0-0 Big South) at the Verizon Center at 7 p.m.
The Hoyas will look to improve upon their offensive performance against Towson, as they shot only 29 percent from the field, including an anemic 12 percent from three-point land. This marks the second time in the last three games in which they have scored under 50 points, yet still have won. Head Coach John Thompson III expressed some concern about his team’s offense following the game.
“It’s got to get better,” said Coach Thompson. “I told the guys this, at this point we have a lot of growing up to do. We’re immature offensively, in that we have a lot of guys that are trying to figure out what to do, what reads to make and it’s something we have to work on.”
One thing the Hoyas can be proud of is their stifling defense. Coming into Monday’s matchup against Longwood, the Hoyas have held their last four opponents under 50 points, including their last three which they have held their opponents to under 42 points.
Georgetown’s focus now turns to Longwood, a team that has struggled mightily so far this year. The Lancers have suffered blowout losses at the hands of Marshall, Arkansas, and No. 14 Creighton. Their only two wins, thus far, have come in overtime against Florida A&M and Central Pennsylvania College, a non-Division I school.
Junior guard Tristan Carey leads the Lancers in scoring, averaging 15.0 points per game. Freshman forward Michael Kessens averages a double-double for Longwood, with 13.0 points per game and 11.4 rebounds.
If the Hoyas can neutralize Carey and Kessens, there is no reason they should not win this game by double figures. However, nothing can be assumed with this Georgetown team, as it has the reputation of playing down to the level of inferior opponents, as demonstrated in close wins against Duquesne and Towson.
Reporting by Joe Pollicino
Photo: Miles Gavin Meng from Towson game earlier this week