Despite a shaky start to the game, the Georgetown Hoyas prevailed at home against a Butler team that is better than it’s overall record. Butler has a roster full of talent, they’ve just lost games that have come down to the wire. Their new Head Coach Brandon Miller shared his thoughts on his young team and close losses this season.“When you have a small room for error, you make mistakes and you set yourself up to not have the results that you want to have” Butler did not shoot the ball well in the first half, shooting 10-of-30 from the field(33%). In the second half, they played much better. They shot 11-of-20 from the field, but they could not make anything from behind the arc.
One of the few positives for Butler was the production from Andrew Chrabascz, who scored 23 points and had 4 rebound. ” We’re a pretty young team said Andrew.”We’re still progressiveley learning, but we are continuing making mistakes.” The bad thing for Butler is that they do not have a lot of players to are good on the offensive end. ” We need to find a way were more guys are better on the offensive end” Said Miller. At one point, Butler was only down four and that was at halftime. Butler head coach said ” the good news was we’re only down four and the bad news is we’re only down four”.
Markel Starks did get some recognition from Butler head coach Brandon Miller. When he was asked were he would rank Starks, he gave us a good answer. ” Georgetown has one of the best backcourts in the Big East and he leads the way. Said Miller. He is a competior and when you watch him, he is a leader on their team vocally.”
Starks finished the game with 19 points and 7 assists. Head coach John Thompson III kind of disagreed with him having 7 assists. ” I need to check with the person who does our stats” said Thompson II. “I feel like he had more than 7 assists.” The mood of the team is really focused. They’re really focused on getting wins. Starks shared his mantra for himself and the other seniors on the team. “Nate and I, as seniors, there is no tomorrow. We have a sense of urgency.”
The way Starks guarded Dunham today was excellent, he routinely guards the best player on each team. Thomspon III talked about the defense and what Starks did. “The way [Butler] plays, it has to be a team effort.” He also praised Markel for his work on Dunham. John Thompson III did recognize the glaring weakness against Butler, it was their effort on the offensive glass. Georgetown only had 12 offensive rebounds, the Hoyas have to be a better offensive rebounding team. Monday against Providence, Coach Thompson III will expect his team to crash the boards. The one thing that is really important for this Georgetown team is getting to the foul line. “We have to get fouled, we have to get to the line” said Thompson III. “The last two games…we have been putting them in.”
Georgetown is not at shooting the three well as of late, against Butler they shot made just one 3-pointer today out of 12 attempts. Thompson III addressed that issue after the game. “This team, unlike some teams we’ve had in the past, is not a three-point shooting team. We rely on getting the ball into the post.”
Looking at the stat sheet, Starks played the whole game and Thompson III talked about why he played the whole game. It was a simple answer, Markel Starks doesn’t get tired. Jabril Trawick and Aaron Bowen gave the Hoyas a boost off the bench. Trawick scored 8 points and Bowen scored 10 points. Thompson III talked about the impact of both players in this game. “Bowen and Jabril were key. Their responsibility is to come in and give us energy.”
The timing of the winning streak is huge, right when the Hoyas needed it most. Nate Lubick ,who had 10 points and 10 rebounds, talked about the timing of the streak.”The timing [of the win streak] is great. But now, it’s ‘let’s go on an eight-game streak.'”
The Hoyas face Providence on Monday as they try to extend their winning streak to four games, a win also gives them an opportunity to reach .500 in Conference play.