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In two nationally televised clashes with Memphis so far this season, the Hoyas have managed to secure two victories over the Tigers. Tonight’s rematch was a little easier going than their thrilling 91-88 overtime win in Maui though, as Georgetown won handily, 70-59. The team held a comfortable lead for most of the night, led by 18 points from Hollis Thompson and 17 from Jason Clark. Georgetown improved to 10-1 with the victory as they complete their non-conference schedule.
A packed Verizon Center crowd came to see the Hoyas, joining a few NBA scouts and a packed media contingent that came specifically to see the Hoya veterans. Clark, Thompson, and Henry Sims shined in that spotlight tonight, as the trio combined for 47 of Georgetown’s points. Sims controlled the paint all night and made his presence known with a couple of emphatic blocks and nine rebounds on the evening. Head Coach John Thompson III said the team focused on rebounding and their defensive effort this week, also noting that the rebounding burden does not fall squarely on Sims and the other big men.
“I spent most of this week getting on Jason Clark because he hasn’t been rebounding as well as he needs to rebound,” Thompson said. “So, we don’t look at it as our bigs’ responsibility to rebound. We all have to get in there and that’s something that has definitely been a point of emphasis with us across the board.”
The Hoyas’ work in the paint led to 34 rebounds, but it didn’t stop there, as their efforts in the paint led to 30 free throws. Many of those free throws came as the Hoyas’ crashed the offensive glass, exploiting the Tigers’ tendency to leak out on fast break attempts after offensive possessions.
The Hoyas neutralized an extremely athletic Memphis offense this time around. In their past contest, Georgetown ran with the Tigers and won, but tonight they played more to their strengths and controlled the pace of the game. In the process, they forced 18 turnovers, ten of which were steals that led to easy transition buckets. Four of those steals came from Clark, who helped hold Joe Jackson without a field goal and Will Barton to 3-10 for just 12 points. Thompson thought Memphis’ star was extremely effective despite the poor shooting, but acknowledged his team’s strong defense on him.
Will’s difficult to guard because he play’s so hard,” Thompson said. “It was a team effort to try to slow him down.”
“For most of tonight, our defense was very very good,” he said. “When we stopped their transition and didn’t have unforced turnovers, I thought out defense was pretty good for large stretches of the game.”
The Tigers had a tough time penetrating against the Hoya defense, as they simply could not establish themselves in the paint. Clark also felt that the constant pressure they applied, along with improved communication after halftime, helped them to put the game out of reach.
“Helping each other, our pressure caused them to turn the ball over a little more,” he said. “We were just in the right places at the right time, doing what we were supposed to do – I think that led to our fast break points.”
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When the Hoyas did battle with Memphis last year, Georgetown dominated the Tigers, coming away with a decisive victory. In the fifth-place game at the Maui Invitational tonight, the Hoyas faced a closer battle, outlasting the No. 8 Tigers 91-88 in Memphis’ second overtime thriller in as many days.
While much of the focus so far this season has been on the development of the Hoya freshmen, it was the upperclassmen that willed the Blue and Gray to their first marquee victory of the year. Seniors Jason Clark and Henry Sims combined for fifty points and supplied the Hoyas with big shots when they were needed the most.
As Memphis’ run-and-gun offense turned the first half into more of a track meet than a basketball game, Clark’s 17 points before the break helped the Hoyas snag a five point lead by halftime. They kept pace with the Tigers’ swift and streaky scorers, thanks in part to a 19-2 Georgetown-run in the early going.
Memphis looked more under control in the second half, quickly eliminating the Hoyas’ advantage. Tiger sophomores Will Barton and Joe Jackson seemed unguardable at times, as the Tigers began to look more like the top-ten team people expected. Despite his slow start, Jackson’s agility allowed him to get into the paint at will in the second half, as he finished with 20 points on the night.
Yet, even as Memphis’ caliber really began to shine, the Hoyas kept a foothold on the contest through Sims, who had, quite simply, his best game as a college basketball player. The one-time recruiting bust exploded Wednesday night, man-handling the four-guard Memphis lineup, unveiling an array of smooth post moves, and even stepping out to drain the occasional jumper. With 25 points on 10-17 shooting, 8 rebounds and 5 assists, Sims has already backed up his pre-season sentiment that he came into his senior year ready to play a major role for the Hoyas.
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After falling to Kansas on Monday night, the Hoyas bounced back about twelve hours later, trouncing Division-II Chaminade by a score of 88-61 behind spectacular efforts from senior Jason Clark and freshman Otto Porter. Check out the full box score here.
There is no time for the Hoyas to rest however, as they face their toughest challenge in Maui today against the eighth-ranked Memphis. The Tigers may be even more tired, advancing to the finals of the Invitational’s consolation bracket with a thrilling 99-97 double overtime win against Tennessee. Today’s game will be both teams’ first look at each other since the Hoyas’ 86-69 victory at Memphis last season. It will not, however, be their only contest this season, as the teams have another game at the Verizon Center on December 22. Today’s matchup is slated for 5 p.m. EST and will be televised on ESPN2.
Pedal on the Gas
The one worry with this Georgetown team was that they could fall asleep against a lesser opponent after coming up so close against the vaunted Kansas Jayhawks. Though they started out a little sluggish against Chaminade, they eventually overpowered them through their shooting, as noted by Swords head coach Eric Bovaird:
Georgetown just shot the ball like crazy…Man, they have some guys that can really shoot the ball and that really flows into their offense. Clark is one of the quickest guys I’ve seen and Thompson is a pure shooter.
As the unquestioned leader of this team, Clark led the charge with 28 points on 10-12 shooting, hitting 6 of his 7 shots from beyond the arc. The other starters all had a hand in the dominant effort, including Henry Sims’ full stat-line of seven assists, two steals, and two blocks to go with eight points. Even with their contributions, this had to be considered Porter’s coming-out party, as he has integrated himself more seamlessly into the offense over his first four games as a Hoya. The Missouri native turned a lot of heads with his career-high seventeen-point effort, pulling down a team-high seven rebounds in the process. Fellow freshmen Jabril Trawick and Mikael Hopkins saw a lot of playing time in the blowout and looked to be a lot more comfortable out on the floor. Overall, the Hoyas shot 57.9 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from three for the game. Though they didn’t face the same frenetic defense they saw from Kansas, their sweet shooting put their four-point loss the night before in perspective – one or two more made shots and the Hoyas could be playing for the Championship today instead of the fifth place rank. That’s pretty impressive for such a young group and the basketball literati are really starting to take notice.
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The Voice‘s annual basketball preview issue came out today, but this year our coverage couldn’t be confined to the newspaper. Below, we break down the four biggest game on the Hoyas’ schedule. Also check out our men’s preview and the rest of our coverage.
November 21 vs. #13 Kansas Jayhawks
The Hoyas face a big challenge in only their third game of the season, playing against No. 13 Kansas in the first round of the Maui Invitational. Although the defending Big 12 champions lost their top three scorers from last season, the Jayhawks are still expected to compete for a national championship. Both teams will be determined to start the season strong after being upset by VCU in last year’s NCAA Tournament—Georgetown in the first round and Kansas in the Elite Eight.
For Georgetown to have any shot at securing a signature win against this perennial juggernaut, they are going to have to match up with the Kansas big men down low and limit second chance opportunities for the physical, fundamentally sound Jayhawks. It could be a tall task—Georgetown finished an abysmal 238th in rebounding last year, while Kansas was 19th.
December 1 at #17 Alabama Crimson Tide
Alabama basketball has been consistently overshadowed by the success of the school’s elite football program, but this could be a huge season for the No. 17 Crimson Tide as they look to build off last year’s success. They return most of their key players from a team that finished atop the SEC West and reached the NIT final, including the impressive forward tandem of JaMychal Green (15.5 points and 7.4 rebounds per game last season) and Tony Mitchell (15.4 points and 7.1 rebounds). The Hoyas’ task becomes more difficult, as they must challenge ‘Bama in Tuscaloosa, where the Tide were unbeaten last year. To win, Georgetown must contain Green and Mitchell and avoid underestimating this emerging program. Read the rest of this entry »
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