The Morning After: Georgetown Wins; Marshon Brooks is Pretty Good...

Georgetown vs. Providence: Hoyas survive 43-point effort from Friars' Marshon Brooks
"I thought we did an outstanding job guarding [Vincent] Council. He had three points," Thompson said, referring to the Friars' second-leading scorer in his opening remarks to reporters after the game before turning serious and addressing Brooks's play. "He scores in every way possible. He can score in the post. He can take you off the bounce both ways. He's got range. He's a good player who was having one of the special days."

Hoya Prospectus: Recap: Georgetown 83, Providence 81
But moreover, today's game marks a return to the poor defense that the Hoyas had been rolling out for the first seven games of the conference season.  While no one should ever mistake this team as great defenders, the pressure to score efficiently becomes enormous when the Hoyas aren't able to stop teams from making long scoring runs in the second halves of games.

Vox Populi " Post-Game Roundup: Georgetown 83, Providence 81
"I’m glad our fans were here. I think that the energy we feed off them is real and tangible," Thompson said. "At key points in the game when that gym got loud it was coincidentally when we got a stop, got a rebound, made a good play, so I want to thank our fans because when we needed them to be good, they were good today."

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Georgetown continues to struggle in games where a single player gets hot. I think of Stephen Curry in the tournament a few years ago, Armon Bassett in the tournament last year, and even Dominique Jones at the Verizon Center not that long ago. Today Marshon Brooks scored 43 points. I’ve always thought it was because Georgetown did not have a single lock-down defensive stopper. But now I wonder if it might be a flaw in John Thompson’s coaching. He said after the game that when a player is having a career day, he tells the players to focus on shutting off the other players. He figures it is rare that one player can win a game single-handedly. Over the long haul, I think that’s right. But in the NCAA tournament, I’m not sure I would want to risk it. I’d love to see someone (Jerrelle Benimon perhaps?) take it upon himself to become a lock-down defender for this team.

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"We had a key stretch there, where we were making decisions to take quick shots," Thompson said. "That’s not to say we don’t want to take quick shots, but sometimes when a team is making a run you want to make them work at the defensive end."

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"[The Friars] were making a conscious effort to take away the three-point line," Thompson said. "When you do that … it means our cuts are going to be open or you're going to be one-on-one in the post. … [Vaughn] was one-on-one and Providence had no help because everyone was spread out, and he was very effective."

Providence Friars vs. Georgetown Hoyas - Recap - February 05, 2011 - ESPN
"Everybody in the gym knew he was going to shoot the ball," Wright said, "so I kind of left my man and I just had my eyes on the ball and tried to make a play." Wright made the steal and initially appeared to try to call timeout just before the horn sounded, which would have resulted in a technical foul and two free throws for Providence. Asked if calling a timeout was his intention, Wright smiled and coyly said: "I don't remember."

Hoyas vanquish Friars despite 43 from Brooks - NYPOST.com
Brooks scored the most points by a Big East player this season and the fifth most ever in a Big East game. But his chance to tie or win it ended when he was stripped by Chris Wright at midcourt just before the final horn.

Marshon Brooks Explodes For 43 Points, But No. 13 Georgetown Hangs On Vs. Providence, 83-81 - SBNation.com
Brooks took over one third of Providence's shots from the field, making 17 of them to shoot 60.7 percent. He also converted seven of 10 free throw attempts. In addition, he chipped in with eight rebounds -- three of them on the offensive side of the glass -- and three assists. His 43 points were the fifth-most in the history of Big East conference play.

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Using a variety of drives, jumpers and aggressive plays resulting in trips to the line, Brooks took over the game with about eleven minutes to go, scoring 19 points down the stretch and putting a big-time scare in the Hoyas who had been comfortably ahead.  On the last play of the game, Brooks was stripped by Chris Wright as he came upcourt, but it doesn’t take away from the scintillating day he had that represents just another weekend afternoon in the rugged Big East.

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