Georgetown vs. Seton Hall: Hoyas revive their season with second Big East win in New Jersey
"Down the stretch there, they are seniors," Coach John Thompson III said. "They understand where we are, they understand what this league is, they understand what it takes to win in this league in a game that was, by no stretch, how we wanted it to look. To come away with a win was good."
"We wanted to foul up three, put them at the foul line," Thompson said. He said he had never done that before and what made him change his mind was what senior forward Julian Vaughn said in the huddle. "Julian promised me he'd get the rebound. Truth," Thompson said with some dramatic effect.
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With 10 seconds left Jordan Theodore needs to know where he is on the court and take a step back for what would have been a game-tying 3-pointer. Bad, bad finish for the Pirates. By contrast, John Thompson’s last-second foul of Keon Lawrence to avoid a Hazell 3-point attempt—the first time he’s ever employed that tactic—worked like a charm.
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There was, however one in attendance who was not ecstatic about Hazell’s nine point contribution to the Pirate run. With 0:08 left on the clock, the Hoyas up three and Seton Hall with the ball, Georgetown Coach John Thompson, III, called timeout and instructed his seniors to foul anyone rather allow Hazell to touch the ball. When asked in the post game press conference if he had ever employed the "last possession foul" strategy before, Thompson replied he had not, but that it was designed to deny Hazell the ball as "no one person can guard him…he is too crafty… too talented…" and prevent the senior from taking a three point attempt. "…and Julian [Vaughn, Georgetown’s center] promised me he would get the rebound…so we went ahead and fouled [Hall guard Keon Lawrence]…".
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But watching the second half, as Georgetown repeatedly gave up scores against the worst offense in the Big East [0.92 PPP in conference], is enough to let you know that - in spite of the win - it's time to lower expectations for the rest of the year.
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Georgetown games often violate the laws of shooting logic. That’s because when the Georgetown-offense (don’t call it Princeton offense around JT3), can create so many lay-ups that a 70% shooting rate can be sustainable for long stretches. But in the Seton Hall game, it was Seton Hall taking advantage of lay-ups. By earning 17 transition points (and about 11 in a row at one point), Seton Hall was maintaining a ridiculously high shooting percentage in the second half. And were it not for a bunch of odd free throw misses, they would have won the game. That’s because the Hoyas could not stop Seton Hall from scoring or getting to the line.
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Seton Hall's biggest problem in the first half was its inability to contain Freeman, the Big East preseason player of the year. If you're going to play a zone against the Hoyas, you must know where Freeman is. The Pirates lost their bearings several times and paid for it.
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Hazell even went as far as to say the Pirates would have won if he had been 100 percent. "Definitely," Hazell said. "Georgetown's a tough team, but today I think my teammates played a helluva game."
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The Hall led by seven three times in the second half, last on a Keon Lawrence jumper with 7:16 to go. Pope fouled out with 2:13 to play, opening the door for 6-9 Julian Vaughn to knot the score, 73-73, on a layup with 1:25 to play. That's when Hazell took his one stretch-run shot, which bounced off the back of the rim. Wright was fouled by Lawrence on the other end and made one of two free throws as Georgetown took charge.
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It looked like the No. 23 Georgetown Hoyas were dead in the water during the second half of their game against Seton Hall, but somehow, they mustered up enough to rally for a key road win in Big East play. Led by 28 points from Austin Freeman, the Hoyas found a way to defeat the Pirates 80-75. Georgetown now moves to 14-5 and 3-4 in the Big East, while Seton Hall falls to 8-11 and 2-5 in the conference.