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"If that's the 8th place team in the Patriot League, the Patriot League is a damn good league this year - I'll tell you that."--John Thompson III
Forty minutes of mostly poor shooting made Saturday's 61-55 win over Colgate much closer than it should have been. Forty minutes of better defense prevented a bitter loss that might have been.
Colgate, which leads the nation in three point shooting with 51 percent accuracy, opened the game missing its first eight attempts from outside and its first 11 overall, but Georgetown led by only seven when Colgate's Austin Tillotson for the Red Raiders on the board with 10:59 in the half, 10-3. Tillotson accounted for all but four of Colgate's points at halftime, as the Red Raiders shot just 19 percent from the field and 3-14 from three point range. Georgetown fared little better, shooting just 29 percent at the break and 0-9 from three point range. The Hoyas scored only only three field goals the final 10:31 of the first half, and took a wobbly 21-15 lead into the break.
As has been the case in recent games, the Hoyas opened the second half in much better form, going on a 13-4 run to extend the margin to 34-21 three minutes into the second half. The Hoyas led by as many as 14 before Tillotson rallied the Red Raiders, closing to five, 43-38 midway in the half. A pair of baskets by Nate Lubick took the lead back to nine but with Georgetown's outside shooting woes, the lead slipped to five at the 5:19 mark. Markel Starks, struggling through a 2-8 effort from the field, lead back to nine, but Colgate battled back to 55-50 with 2:32 to play.
On Georgetown's next series, Starks missed on a three point attempt, but Colgate returned the favor with a miss from three in a critical series in the game. On Georgetown's next possession, Starks was blocked under the basket and Colgate missed again from outside, failing to drive inside and pick up foul shot opportunities, where Colgate had made nine straight.
A late basket by Colgate closed to four, 59-55, but Georgetown made five of its final six free throws for the win. Josh Smith (14), Mikael Starks, and Nate Lubick (10) each scored in double figures for Georgetown but poor shooting was the story of the game. Colgate shot a season low 5-24 (20 percent) from three point range, Georgetown 1-15, or 6 percent.
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"We obviously got off to a cold shooting start," said Colgate coach Matt Langel. "We don't have the luxury of being able to pound the ball inside and pound the glass, and I credit Georgetown for doing that in the second half."
"You know they have a terrific coach, and it's hard for a Princeton guy to say that about a Penn guy, but Matt does a good job with them," said Georgetown coach John Thompson III. " Obviously they are coming into the game the best three-point shooting team in the country - literally - in terms of the percentage that they make and the amount that they make, and so they put a lot of pressure on you just because you have to guard the three point line, you have to try to make the put it down but then once they go to put it down you have to guard them...but they do a good job, they have good offensive players and they're a confident group."
"At the end of the day hopefully a lot of these games will prepare us for the NCAA tournament. I said at the beginning of the year that this is the toughest schedule that we've put together since I've been a coach here, and I say that not thinking about the quote-on-quote "big" more key games that the casual fan looks at, it's because of a lot of these other games that are against very good teams, that are against experienced teams, that are against well-coached teams, teams that are going to be in the tournament or have a pretty good chance of being in the tournament, so our schedule is full of those teams so it's easy to pick up the schedule and look and start talking about the Oregon and everyone that was in Puerto Rico, VCU, Michigan who we could possibly play, down the road we have Michigan State and Kansas - it's easy to look at those games, but it's all these other games that are all against very good teams, and hopefully that will get us ready for the tournament."
The Georgetown half of the box score follows below.
MIN 2FG 3FG FT REB A PF PTS
Starks 37 3-8 0-5 6-7 5 5 4 12
Smith-Rivera 30 0-4 1-4 1-2 7 3 1 4
Trawick 33 2-4 0-2 1-1 3 1 3 5
Lubick 26 5-8 0-0 0-1 7 0 0 10
Smith 20 4-6 0-0 6-7 5 0 3 14
Cameron 5 0-1 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0
Hopkins 24 3-6 0-1 3-5 8 1 1 9
Bowen 16 1-1 0-1 1-2 3 0 1 3
Caprio 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
Ayegba 9 2-3 0-0 0-0 3 0 3 4
DNP: Allen, Domingo, Hayes
Team Rebounds 1
TOTALS 200 20-41 1-15 18-25 42 10 11 61
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