The Georgetown Hoyas beat Wright State Raiders after coming off a loss to the Oregon ducks with a score of 88-70. D’Vantes Smith-Rivera scored 25 points, leading the Hoyas to its first win of the season.
Smith-Rivera and Markel Starks played well on both ends of the floor. Starks had 23 points and 6 assists, together they combined for 48 points and 8 assists. The pair played good defense by causing turnovers, tonight they played well together. Passing, shooting, and getting teammates involved along the way. While 8 assists might not be a lot, you could tell the ball was really moving.
Shooting the ball was an improvement from the season opener for Georgetown. Behind the arc was a major issue for the Hoyas in the first game, but tonight it was a huge difference. Against Oregon, they shot 1 of 15 from behind the arc, but tonight they shot 10-22. A total of 30 points came from behind the arc. The ball was moving and it was finding shooters in rhythm, resulting in success from the perimeter
Wright State double-teamed Josh Smith often in the post, Smith showed that he is a willing passer. Coach John Thompson III likes when Smith gets doubled in the post due to his passing ability. Smith did fumble the ball in some of those situations, but don’t expect that often. Wright State ran a lot of man-to-man defense and the Hoyas responded well.
This was a great win for Georgetown because this could have been the first time they started a season 0-2. Next up on the Hoyas schedule is Northwestern. Let’s hope to see a similar game like this from the Hoyas against the Wildcats.