Hoyas Bounce Back, Down Xavier 74-52

After losses to St Johns and Seton Hall, the Hoyas returned home to play to the Xavier Musketeers. Markel Starks led his team in scoring with 22 points to get a much needed win.  Georgetown looked like a team that was still on the 5 game winning streak, displaying good ball movement and defense.

Xavier was held to just 26 points a half, a great defensive effort by the Hoyas. The Musketeers went several long stretches without scoring and that played a huge role in their loss. The offense looked like elementary as only 16 field goals were made out of the whole game.  Xavier’s head coach said his team “stunk” while also giving a lot of credit to Georgetown’s defense. Georgetown’s contained press really affected Xavier’s offense, they struggled to get the ball past half court at times.

Georgetown had the edge in almost every statistical category,  the Hoyas scored 32 points in the paint to Xavier’s  22. The big difference that I seen was the amount of points the Hoyas scored off of turnovers which is 20 points. They forced Xavier  into 11 turnovers, Georgetown turned the ball over just three times as they were extremely efficient on the offensive end. The Hoyas played very well, although they did have a short stretch were they couldn’t score.

That is unbelievable,” Starks said about Georgetown’s fewest turnovers for a game in Coach John Thompson’s 10 seasons in charge at the Hilltop.”If we can sustain that effort and level of competitiveness every day, then we are going to do big things.”

Hoyas head coach did John Thompson III did talk about the job his team did on Matt Stainbrook, who has the body of an NBA big man and he finished the game with 12 points. “He’s scary. He’s a very good offensive player who can score on the blocks and he’s a very good passer. And they do a good job of spacing around. If you commit too much to him, he can pick you apart. And he’s picked everyone apart. The challenge was for our bigs, who showed up today, to make it hard. You can’t just stand behind him and push him, but they had to be active in their post defense before he got the ball. And the guys guarding the passer did a good job of pressuring the passer so he wasn’t getting it exactly where he wanted to, where you’re either dead because he’s too deep or he can pick you apart. I thought between Moses [Ayegba], Nate [Lubick] and Mikael [Hopkins], they did a very good job of, before the catch, pushing him out or moving and creating a few seconds of uncertainty which makes all the difference in the world.”

Thompson III had a wrinkle in the starting line up as Jabril Trawick got the nod. Trawick finished the game with 13 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists. Coach did talk about the move and why he did it. “Quite honestly, it has a huge impact. Just when he is on the court, we are a better team. I liked bringing him off the bench because we were getting an  infusion off the bench. But we were just getting too many slow starts. We risk not having as much coming off the bench, but it turned out okay today and we are probably going to stick with it.”

“I come out and play the same way every time”  said Trawick, who was really aggressive. “I knew that we needed to get off to a good start and I knew that coach put me back into the starting lineup to start the aggressiveness and start the game off strong, and that’s what we did. I know what I’m capable of. It is just about being confident. I know that a lot of teams may come out here and try to throw me off of my game, but I just try and stay aggressive.”

Xavier head coach Chris Mack talked about Trawick and what he brings to the game.”He brings a lot of toughness to the game, you could see that on the film. I think he is their emotional leader, I know Markel [Starks] is a senior and obviously wants to go out the right way. Jabril shot the ball well today and played with a lot of confidence. We knew he was a really good player and an emotional leader. He did a good job today.”

Georgetown really looked well with Trawick in the lineup and looked well as a whole team. Hoyas next game is against Marquette, the Hoyas have not won in Marquette’s arena since 2008 and this is a really huge game for them. The Hoyas next home game is March 4 against Creighton and Doug Mcdermont

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