Word on the Street: Georgetown-UNCG recap

Word on the Street: Georgetown-UNCG recap
November 15, 2011, 5:37 am
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By Benjamin Standig
CSNwashington.comBuzz on the Hoyas blistering 86-45 triumph, their final tune up before facing Kansas in the Maui Classic. Plus Redskins, Caps, Nats...Following Georgetowns weekendrout over Savannah State, a reporter in the postgame press conference used the term tune up when describingto Monday nights game against UNC Greensboro.That foregone conclusion of a description immediately drew a fiery glare from John Thompson III, who is in the business of keeping his players focused on the next game, not what looms on the horizon.Considering a trip to the Maui Classic and a date with perennial power Kansas nears, maybe, just maybe any potential concerns the Hoyas coach had about youthful roster daydreaming of sun, surf and the No. 12 Jayhawks were legitimate.Thompson need not have worried. Before heading to the beach, the Hoyas threw sand in the face of their Southern Conference opponent, clobbering the Spartans 86-45 at the Verizon Center.Hollis Thompson and Jason Clark controlled the first half scoring, tallying Georgetowns first 12 field goals and 30 of the Hoyas 41 points before halftime. All of Markel Starks points came in the second half as the Hoyas dominated from start to finish, leading by as many as 46 points.I think our guys played hard. I do think there was a focus for 40 minutes regardless of was in and wasnt in, said the Hoyas coach after his team improved to 2-0 for the sixth straight season.Defensively, the Hoyas constant traps caused havoc for the overmatched Spartans (0-2), who shot a dismal 29.6 (16-for-54) from the field. Georgetowns early shooting was hardly pristine, but coming out of the halftime locker room the Hoyas nailed eight of nine attempts and shot 51.5 (17-33) percent in the second half. Before Henry Sims' basketwith 2:12 remaining in the first half, Clark and Thompson accounted for all of Georgetowns field goals, shooting 12-of-23 for 30 points. Their teammates finished the half 1-of-9 from the floor, but even with the top-heavy scoring flow Georgetown cruised to a 41-16 halftime lead. The top 3-point shooter in Georgetown history, Hollis Thompson drilled 5-of-6 shots from beyond the arc and finished with 19 points. The Hoyas lone junior has shown newfoundmaturity on the court and combined with his developed physique looks poised for a breakout season. Clark fired up 17 shots in the first half, scoring 17 of his 18 points before halftime. Only once before had the senior taken that many shots over the course of an entiregame,but both coach and player acknowledged the looks came in the flow of the offense.A lot of it was just good ball moment, said Clark, who added threesteals.I ended up with the ball being wide open.For the second straight game, Starks went to the bench early with two fouls, this time playinga scoreless six minutes in the first half. Coming out of the halftime locker room, the 6-2 sophomore made up for lost time in a hurry, sinking his first three shots with two coming from beyond the arc. I liked what was seeing from everyone that was out there so he didnt go back in. In the second half I liked what I was seeing with him out there so he stayed out there, John Thompson IIIsaid.Once again, the Hoyas coach liberally used his freshmen. Greg Whittington (three points, six rebounds) played 27 minutes while Otto Porter (five points), Jabril Trawick (six points) and Mikael Hopkins (six points)also received significant action. After leading the teamin rebounds against Savannah State, Porter's four assists against UNCG pacedGeorgetown.The all-around forward did not commita turnover and had two steals, though Porter missed all four of his field goal attempts. Whittington and Hopkins each yanked down six rebounds.Theyre going to play extended minutes and so thats going to be regardless of who the opponent is, Thompson III said.Tyler Adams, the fifth member of the 2012 class, saw his first action of the season after missing the opener with a sprained ankle. The 6-9 center grabbed one rebound in seven minutes of action and was noticeably limping while on the court against the Spartans. Thompson III said Adams was cleared to practice and wanted to give him some minutes before heading to Maui.Similar to the opener, Hollis Thompson was on the court for a time with three other 6-8 forwards (the hustling Nate Lubick and a combination of Porter, Whittingtonor Hopkins) and either Clark or Starks at guard. This lineup withitslength and scary athletic ability is quickly becoming one to watch.Were going to have a lot of different combinations, Thompson III said. Its not like were going to have a set core, necessarily. A lot of that is because of our versatility across the board so different people are going to play different positions in different groups. We have to get precise regardless of who is in the game.Need something to nitpick, fine. Other then Hollis Thompson and Starks, the Hoyas struggled from long range, shooting 4-for-21 from beyond the arc. Clark was the top offender, missing six of seven 3's.The Hoyas will play three games in three days in Hawaii. Georgetown faces Kansas on November 21 with tipoff scheduled for 11:50 p.m. UCLA or Chaminade follows while Duke and Memphis loom as potential foes on the other side of the bracket.Breakfast BuffetNats Ramos, Espinoza come up short in Rookie of the Year race (Zuckerman - CSNwashington)Joel Ward's determination is worth reading about (Washington Post)Quarterback shuffle is keeping the Redskins running in place (New York Times)With wins on Monday, Virginia Tech would host George Mason in the NIT season Tip-Off. Dorenzo Hudson and the Hokies held up there end, but Paul Hewitt's Patriots fell in overtime to Isiah Thomas' Florida International squad. (Washington Post)Reversal of fortune for Howard's men's basketball team (Washington Examiner)