Word on the Street: Georgetown-IUPUI notes

Word on the Street: Georgetown-IUPUI notes
November 29, 2011, 2:27 pm
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By Benjamin Standig
CSNwashington.comHighlightsfrom Georgetown's 81-58 win over IUPUI at the more than half-empty Verizon Center...Monday's contest against a Summit Leagueopponent with a losing record reeked of a trap game. Georgetown returned to the Verizon Center after itsHawaiian adventure, having playednational powers Kansas and Memphis. Looming, another road test, this timeagainst No.12 Alabama. Early onthe Hoyas scent was indeed that of a sluggish squad. The Jaguars burned up the nets early, sinking seven of their first 11 field goal attempts andHoyas lead after 20 minutes was onlyone at 32-31.Coming out of the halftime locker room, the indifferent aroma was no more, washed away by a combination of defensive intensity and strong ball movement. After blitzing the Jaguars by 22 points in the second half,the Hoyasonce againsmelled of success.Still, the Hoyas coach had no interest in sniffing any of that "trap" talk."I hate that word," John Thompson III said afterthe Hoyas (5-1) fourth win of over 20 points this season.However, the coach did acknowledge his squad'sslow-moving effort when it came to guarding the Jaguars early on."Theycame out and really executed, got what they wanted in the first half. It was like we were stuck in mud with our defensive rotations. They were getting too many easy shots," Thompson IIIsaid. "In thesecond half,our guys cranked it up a little bit." Key numbers, team: Season-high 20 assists with only 7 turnovers...Hoyas shot 57.1 percent (20-of-35) in the second half, scoring 30 of their 49 points in the paint...Limited IUPUI to 35 percent from the field and 16.7 percent (3-of-18) from beyond the arc...Held the Jaguars without a single fast break point...Scored 19 points off of turnovers...Key numbers, players: Hollis Thompsontallied 21 points and 10 rebounds for the second double-double of his career...Nate Lubick yanked down a career-high 14 rebounds and dished out a team-highfive assists...Henry Sims scored 10 of his 14 points in the first half and shot 6-of-10 from the floor...Jason Clark missed six of seven shots, but finished with 7 points and passed the 1,000 point mark of his career...Key stretch: Leading 32-31 at halftime, Hoyas opened second half with a 10-0 run, highlighted byLubick's monstrous two-handed dunk off an open court pass from Hollis Thompson.Everyone knows Hollis Thompson can knock down jump shots, from near and far. One look at his exquisite shooting form is all you need, though a quick perusal through the Hoyas box scores won't hurt.The 6-foot-8 junior swingman is sinking 58.6 percentof his shots despite taking more than a third of them from beyond the arc. Then again,that is where the Southern California native and Georgetown's all-time leader in 3-point shooting percentage truly stars. Thompson accuracy has been a constant this season, having made over half of his shots in all but one game this season. In the 27-point win over Chaminade, he was a paltry 3-of-7. Shame.Yet it was other aspects ofthe maturing player's game his coach praised."Hollis can shoot, Hollis can really shoot. But the other parts of the game be it defense, be it rebounding. I think his communication with his teammates is at a much higher level than it was in previous years," John Thompson III said. "Hes able to do everything on the court well and now he needs to continuing take pride in all aspects of the game besides scoring buckets."Lubick on-court play in Maui bordered at times on the nightmarish,missing all six ofhis shots from the field in the win over Memphis and it was more of the sameduring Monday's first half. His aggressiveness on the boards along with his deft passing touch - five assists, zero turnoves - remained a constant and his overall game improved as thegame - and the Hoyas -rolled on."I struggled a little bit early on," said Lubick, whose previous rebounding high was nine boards against Providence. "But I just kept playing. In the second half, once we got things going, I started playing better, and we all started playing better."Per usual, freshman Otto Porter (six points,seven rebounds) and Greg Whittington (seven points)entered as the Hoyas first subs and their entrance coincided with the end of theJaguars sizzling start.The additional length immediately paid dividends on the defensive end as IUPUI missed five consecutive shots. The Jaguars made only one field goal over the next eight minutes and missed 12 of their final 16 closing out the half.According to the Hoyas seating chart, 10 NBA scouts were expected Monday night. Besides the Hoyas, they came for IUPUIsmall forwardAlex Young.The leading active scorer in Division I scored 16 points by halftime and connected on his first three shots of the game. However, the Hoyas collectively bore down on defense and the NBA prospect missed 13 of his next 14 shots and wasscoreless in the second half. "I pointed outYoung had 16 points at halftime. That pretty much was it, there was no other adjustments made," John Thompson III said.For the second straight game the Hoyas primarily used an eight-man rotation with Jabril Trawick serving as the third player off the bench. Up next, the highly athletic and defensive focused Crimson Tide. Alabama (7-0), having already vanquished Purdue, Maryland and VCU, has not allowed more than 64 points in a game this season. 6-foot-8, 240-pound forward JaMychal Green averages 15.5 points and 8.0 rebounds.Big game Hunter back in D.C.Hiring Hunter, a high-stakes move (Boswell - Washington Post)Two-way was only way Hunter knew how to play (Daly - Washington Times)From haunted to Hunter for Caps (Snider - Washington Examiner)And now that Bruce Boudreau is no longer a part of the Washington Capitals organization, the pressure shifts to one George McPhee (Gormley - CSNwashington)Breakfast BuffetAnthony Armstrong went from doghouse to hero (Tandler - CSNwashington)Redskins 2011 edition, tough to love (Loverro - Washington Examiner)Mark Turgeon early recruiting efforts have proved potent, having landed three strong prospects for 2012. Apparently the Terps 2013 class could trump it. (106.7, The Fan)Terp from birth, John Auslander is playing surprising - and effective - minutes for Maryland (Washington Times)Cavs K.T. Harrell finding his mark (Washington Post)