Kudos to the anime folks of Casual Hoya, who were working overtime in order to create a song about yesterday's game.
Links to media coverage after the jump. Casual post-game awards to follow later today.
Last year's squad seemingly found ways to lose close games; Tuesday's last-minute victory suggests that perhaps this season's group will find ways to win them.
Being unselfish almost to a fault. As a friend and colleague said, "[Monroe] must have a good mother, because he's so polite."
Unlike last season, in which Georgetown frittered away so many close games with lackluster effort in the waning minutes, the Hoyas stormed back from a six-point deficit Tuesday to deliver a 46-45 victory before a raucous late-afternoon crowd and a national TV audience.
One of the worst halves of basketball ever seen at the Verizon Center
Georgetown won despite having more fouls (18) and turnovers (16) than made baskets (15). The Hoyas blew a 12-point second-half lead, shot 36 percent from the field and 3 for 18 from 3-point range.
Truly thought Temple stood a good chance to win this. I probably wouldn’t even put G’town in my top 25. I do give a lot of credit to the Hoyas, who played ugly but got the bucket they needed from Greg Monroe late and then cut off Temple’s penetration to stave off defeat.
Was it because of good defense? Not really. Each team had only one steal.
The loss marked the first time that Temple held an opponent to under 50 points and lost since December 30th, 1995 when the Owls lost 49-41 to Oklahoma State.
"I thought we had an opportunity to win this game," Dunphy said. "We just didn't close it out. This was a fantastic opportunity for us against a very good basketball team."
Georgetown's home opener against Temple began with two teams looking like they were snarled in rush-hour traffic typical of the 4 p.m. hour in which the game tipped off.
This may surprise most Hoya fans, but the most efficient player today for Georgetown was Chris Wright. While his three turnovers may have been more memorable, Wright was able to score 6 points at the FT line (on 7 attempts) to grind his way to the only 100+ offensive rating in the game.