The Morning After: Ugly in Pink

Georgetown vs. Pittsburgh: Ninth-ranked Hoyas fall flat on road in 72-60 loss to unranked Panthers - The Washington Post
"In both of those areas we were awful," Thompson said of the rebounding disparity and sporadic effort at the defensive end. "They got everything that they wanted. And when they didn’t, they got the rebound."

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"We didn't let them push us around," Pitt forward Lamar Patterson said after turning in a strong performance with 18 points and seven assists. "We held our ground."

Hoya Prospectus: Recap: Pittsburgh 72, Georgetown 60
One quick comment: in the first half today, Georgetown's starters shot a combined 1/8 2FG, 1/5 3FG, 0/2 FT to go along with 6 turnovers and 5 rebounds. Ballgame.

No. 9 Georgetown Vs. Pittsburgh: Panthers Knock Off Hoyas In Big East Upset, 72-60 - SBNation.com
The Hoyas didn't play all that poorly — they turned the ball over less than the Panthers and shot 42.1 percent — but they were outrebounded by 11 and made just seven free throws (they shot 12) compared to Pitt's 19-22 effort at the line

No. 9 Georgetown's defense watches Pittsburgh roll to an easy upset - Washington Times
The grinding, aggressive defense that fueled No. 9 Georgetown’s unexpected surge this season fell apart in a 72-60 loss to Pittsburgh. Difficulties in the transition defense and guarding the post beset Georgetown, leaving Pittsburgh looking as if it was running layup drills at times.

No. 9 Georgetown Falls at Pittsburgh " CBS Washington
"Everyone’s performance today, everyone on Georgetown basketball needs to get better," Coach John Thompson III said in the post game press conference.

Robinson, Pitt knock off No. 9 Georgetown 72-60 | Washington Examiner
Pitt took control with arguably its best 10 minutes of the season, using a 15-1 run midway through the first half to go up 29-12. While the Panthers surged behind Robinson and Talib Zanna, the Hoyas went ice cold while missing 10 straight shots and three of four free throws during the stretch. Georgetown couldn't hold onto the ball either, giving it away four times during Pitt's run, not all of the miscues coming due to pressure. "It's just a stretch where the ball didn't go in the basket and they were getting easy shots at the other end," Thompson said. "We spotted them whatever lead it was. When we missed those shots it turned into baskets."

MEN'S BASKETBALL | Rejuvenated Panthers Rip Hoyas - Sports - The Hoya
Thompson's struggles were symptomatic of a much larger problem for the Hoyas, who limited their turnovers but struggled to put up points against a team that ranks in the bottom half of the Big East in all major defensive categories. The Blue and Gray relied heavily on their bench in the first half, as freshmen Otto Porter, Jabril Trawick and Greg Whittington combined to score 17 of the team's 22 points. Sophomore guard Markel Starks sat for much of the half after committing two early fouls, and was one of three starters who didn't score in the first 20 minutes (senior center Henry Sims and fellow sophomore Nate Lubick were scoreless as well). With such poor production from its star players, Georgetown was relatively lucky to be down only 11 at halftime.

Georgetown Hoyas Basketball: HoyaSaxa.com
And here's the most telling outcome of the game: in the final ten minutes, Pitt scored all its points via dunk, layup, or free throw. Georgetown didn't challenge inside, and Pitt was happy to oblige.

Rust, not Rest: Pittsburgh 72, Georgetown 60 | Over the Hilltop
Georgetown was as bad as Pitt was good. The missed defensive rotations that led to so many easy Panther baskets were largely because of slow feet and poor communication by the Hoya defense. And the offense was little better: tentative cuts and poor ball movement helped hold the Hoyas to just 11 points in the first 15-plus minutes. Even the baskets the Hoyas could manage were outside the flow of the offense, and free throws again were an issue, as Georgetown finished just 7 of 12 from the line. Before Georgetown could right the ship, the deficit was a nigh-insurmountable 28-11.

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