Georgetown Hoyas Head Coach John Thompson III has to be frustrated, on some level. Georgetown has now dropped two straight in league play. Once again they couldn’t hold on to a double-digit lead in the second half, as they lost to the Seton Hall Pirates 67-57 in front of the home crowd at the Verizon Center on Saturday afternoon. Junior forward Mikael Hopkins really stood out from his teammates in the win.
Georgetown (11-6, 3-3) has now lost two straight games in league play while Seton hall (11-7,2-3) snapped a three game losing streak and has won for the first time this year. This is the first time since 2002-03 season that Georgetown lost to Seton Hall at home. In the Big East, Georgetown sits 5th in the conference. They’re behind Providence and in front of Seton Hall.
Hopkins recorded his first ever double-double against Seton Hall, finishing the game with 11 points and 15 rebounds. Those 15 rebounds he pulled down, yes that is his career-high. Senior Aaron Bowen finished the game with 13 points and 7 rebounds, providing a spark off the bench. Sophomore D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera, led the Hoyas in scoring with 14 points and 5 assists.
“I thought Mikael played with an energy and a passion that I probably have never seen him play with,” Thompson III said. “The kid got 15 rebounds…if he can play with that type of passion, that’s a step toward what we need to figure out.” Hopkins and Bowen were the only Hoyas routinely crashing the glass, more than two players need to grab rebounds.
This is the third straight game that the Hoyas have not had Jabril Trawick because of a broken jaw against Providence. It is also the fourth straight game that Joshua Smith has missed due to academic issues. The Hoyas were able to get off to a fast start due to Hopkins scoring the first six points, opening the game with a 6-0 lead. “I just came out there aggressive,” Hopkins said.” I really focused on attacking the glass offensively and defensively, but it still wasn’t enough because they had 15 offensive rebounds, which we can’t allow to happen. “
In one sequence, Smith-Rivera found Hopkins flying down the left side of the corner and flushed it down for a two handed jam. Definitely the highlight of the game even though the Hoyas failed to get the win. That play happened in the first half as the Hoyas were leading 21-18 with 6:21 left in the first half.
The biggest thing that stood out was that Seton Hall shot 6-for-12 from the beyond the arch in the first half. In the second half they shot 5-for-8 and finished the game shooting 11-for-20 from the three. Fuquan Edwin had 24 points and shot 5-for-8 from the deep. Once Seton Hall took the lead with 9:23 left courtesy of a Eugene Teague layup and they led 50-49. Georgetown has had games were they could have won going away, but the second half has been a problem for them. They’ve had a lineup change, which probably is having an effect on the team. Georgetown needs to play a full game because the schedule doesn’t get easier. John Thompson III knows what his team needs to do.
“We have to adjust, and change a lot of things – as a coaching staff, as a team – and try to figure that out,” Thompson said. “We will. We’re undermanned, but that’s not an excuse. We have enough pieces where we can figure out how to play differently with who we have.” The Hoyas next game is Monday against Marquette, which is really an important game for the Hoyas. Even Thompson III admitted that the game would be an important game. “We are going through a little slump right now.” Said Thompson. It’s an very important game”