Toward the end of the first half, Bryce Cotton really lit the Hoyas defense up and finished the first half with 19 points. Cotton scored almost half of the Friars points. By the end of the game, Cotton finish with 30 points on the night. Providence head coach was asked about the way Cotton played. ” Bryce has been doing that all year” said Ed Cooley. “That is know surprise to us, he should’ve had 50 because I thought it was a lot of no calls down the lane”
Providence normally good defense was anything but against Georgetown. The ball movement of the Hoyas really spread out the Friars defense. The Friars allowed too many 50-50 balls and Georgetown took advantage of those, which is one of the main reasons why they won the game. In his post game remarks Cooley stated that his team allowed two many offensive rebounds and allowed six points coming down the stretch. Cooley called his team’s defensive effort “atrocious”. His team really could not do anything in the paint because Jabril Trawick and Nate Lubick were doing a lot of things to prevent the Friars from scoring, even though Cotton put up 31 points. Cooley was asked about the defense on Cotton and response was ” You don’t play good defense and allow someone to score 30 points on you.”
Georgetown has won five straight, but they still have room to improve. Against Providence, Georgetown’s defense allowed Providence to shoot just 37.5 percent in the game. The Friars shot 42.3 percent in the first half, meaning that the Hoyas ratcheted up their defense in the second half. Out of the last five wins for Georgetown, credit must be given to their defense as well as their offense.
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There was a moment of silence when Hoyas point guard Markel Starks went down, people thought it may have been a huge injury. Fortunately it wasn’t because he came back into the game and made some huge plays for the Hoyas. When someone was about to ask a question about Starks injury, John Thompson III said ” Starks is fine and it is nothing big.” Starks finished the game with 14 points and only sat on the bench for a quick second before getting back in the game.
Nate Lubick, who finish the game with 8 points and 6 rebounds talked about Starks after the game.“That’s something we rely on Markel to do night in and night out. He’s going to do so much for us on the offensive end, but also chasing guys around like a mad man. I don’t personally know how he does it.”
D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera finished the game with 22 points while shooting two of four from behind the arc. The media decided to address the shooting slump he’d been in and Smith- Rivera said ” I eventually knew I was going get out of the slump.” Georgetown really did a lot of good things, rebounding was key for them. Lubick said ” without me and Starks rebounding, we are not a pretty good team”. Georgetown did finish the game with 31 rebounds. Someone mentioned the stats tonight and Smith-Rivera talked about how this team is still digging it’s way out of the hole they put themselves into.“It’s good for the time being, but we’re not content with it.”