We Are Georgetown and You’re Not: Hoyas to Host Marquette Tuesday Night
Following a 76-61 home win against Creighton (9-6, 0-2 Big East), the Georgetown men’s basketball (9-4, 1-1 Big East) hopes to build its first Big East winning streak when they host Jesuit rival Marquette (9-5, 1-1 Big East) Tuesday night at Verizon Center. Tip-off is slated for 7:00p.m.
In their most recent game against Creighton, the strong play of the Blue and Gray freshmen propelled the team to victory. Three freshmen, guard Tre Campbell and forwards L.J. Peak and Paul White, combined for 37 points, nine rebounds, and five assists.
Providing a spark off the bench for the Hoyas, Campbell finished with 13 points and two assists in a career-high 26 minutes. Peak scored 14 points, grabbed four rebounds and had three steals while White added 10 points, four rebounds and two assists.
It was first time that three Georgetown freshmen had scored in double-figures since January 2005, when Jeff Green, Roy Hibbert, and Jonathan Wallace achieved the same feat with 12 points apiece.
“They did what they were brought here to do. The way our team is composed, on any given game night different people are going to be asked to step up; you’ve seen that here. I don’t think the group in the locker room looks at our freshmen class as a bunch of neophytes,” said Thompson after Saturday’s win.
“The (freshmen) work hard, they practice hard, they’ve played minutes and I’m comfortable when they’re on the court. They’re comfortable when they get on the court and their teammates are comfortable when they get on the court.”
One facet Georgetown dramatically improved upon in their win against Creighton was their three-point defense. After struggling to defend the three-ball in their recent contests against Kansas, Charlotte, Indiana, and Xavier, the Hoyas only allowed the Bluejays to convert one three-pointer in the second half, as Creighton shot 20 percent overall from downtown.
“(Three-point defense) is something that we’ve talked about and worked on. I think our guys are more attentive, finally, harder on close outs with their hands up instead of just lollygagging out to the offensive player,” said Thompson following Saturday’s game. “We had not been doing a good job of anticipating what’s going to come next. We’ve been watching the game and then reacting, but I think today, especially in the second half, guys were thinking about what’s coming next; I think that helped.”
Like Georgetown, Marquette had a mediocre opening week in Big East play. Led by first-year Head Coach Steve Wojciechowski, the Golden Eagles lost at DePaul (8-7, 2-0 Big East) on New Year’s Eve, 58-61, but then rebounded this past Saturday with a home victory against Providence (11-4, 1-1 Big East).
Sophomore center Luke Fischer leads the team in scoring with 13.2 points per game and is one of four players scoring in double figures, along with graduate student Matt Carlino, senior guard Juan Anderson, and freshman guard Duane Wilson.
The Hoyas will look to exact revenge from last season, as the Golden Eagles defeated the Blue and Gray twice during last season’s campaign which saw the Hoyas fail to earn an NCAA Tournament bid for the first time since 2009.
Thompson’s squad will also look even the all-time head-to-head series between the two Jesuit schools, as Marquette leads the series 9-8.
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