The Morning After: Today Sucks

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 07: Henry Sims #14 of the Georgetown Hoyas lays up a shot against the Pittsburgh Panthers during their second round game of the 2012 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Why did the Hoyas lose? - Georgetown Hoyas - CBSSports.com RapidReports
Coach John Thompson III said the Hoyas lost to Cincinnati on Thursday in the Big East tournament quarterfinal because they fell short in the categories that help swing games. "To come here and lose when I think the key things were rebounds, turnovers, and then you put your foul shots in, and that's what different."

Big East: Cincy beats No. 13 Hoyas 72-70 in 2 OTs - NCAA - SI.com
"We both were caught up on getting tough baskets down the stretch for our team,'' Gates said, "so it was just a good battle between two big men, two seniors, too, trying to stay in New York for a day longer.''

Postgame Quotes - GUHoyas.com
Q. Talk about the final play and how that evolved, and was that what you were looking for? COACH THOMPSON III: Yeah, but I mean, we wanted Jason dribbled off Henry, had Hollis in the corner. They just locked in on Hollis so he couldn't move, and so both guys came with Jason, he threw it back to Henry, a shot Henry has made, so you want to get those three guys playing together, so the reading was there. They locked in on Hollis. Hollis didn't cut, didn't come around. Jason came up, both guys came at him. Threw it back to Henry for a wide open shot, ball didn't go in.

Vox Populi " Hoyas lose heartbreaker to Cincinnati in double overtime, 72-70
Clark, a senior, was also emotional after his last Big East Tournament game, but was able to put the thriller in perspective. "You know, I’d rather be sitting in here talking about a win, but they did a good job, and that’s a tough team," he said of Cincinnati. "They played hard. You know, it doesn’t just come down to me scoring. We’ve got a lot of guys on this team that can score the basketball. But like I said, I’d rather be in here talking about a win."

Georgetown vs. Cincinnati: Poor free throw shooting hurts the Hoyas in Big East quarterfinals - The Washington Post
"To go 2 for 21 from three against Georgetown and win the game is unthinkable, to be honest with you," Cronin said. "It’s just unthinkable that we were able to dig it out."

Hoyas fall to Cincinnati in 2 OTs
Poor free throw shooting plagued the Hoyas in recent games and they shot 8-of-15 (season-low 53.3 percent) against the Bearcats. Markel Starks missed the front end of two one-and-one opportunities, including one with 2:08 remaining and the Hoyas up 52-49. "It was a big free throw, probably would have sealed the game," Starks said of his late miss. "I kind of, on this one, I kinda put it a little a bit on my shoulders because we had the game right there in our hands and I just feel like I let us down."

Cincinnati's men's basketball team trips up Georgetown in 2OT | The Chillicothe Gazette | chillicothegazette.com
Sims, who had 22 points and 15 rebounds, hit a layup at the buzzer to force a second OT for the Hoyas (23-8). Well out of his range, Sims missed a potential winning 3-pointer at the close of the second half. "I'd much rather have that shot at the end," he said.

Big East tournament 2012: Georgetown collapses late, loses in double OT to Cincinnati - The Early Lead - The Washington Post
Georgetown’s recent struggles in the NCAA tournament are well documented, but never during that time have the Hoyas suffered through the sort of late-game collapse that will come to define their 72-70 double-overtime loss to Cincinnati in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament Thursday.

Hoya Prospectus: Recap: Cincinnati 72, Georgetown 70 [2OT]
Did Nate Lubick not get a fair shake today? The argument goes that he had one of his best games of the year in the first meeting with the Bearcats, but Nate never got on the floor in the Vespers' half. It's hard to say, but I didn't see anything in his 7 possessions played to indicate he was over-matched today.

Ballin' is a Habit: Despite dissappointing loss, consistency remains the key to Otto Porter's freshman success
Consistency. Few freshman have it, and even fewer realize how important it is. Maybe that's why Otto Porter has been such a valuable part of Georgetown's unexpected success this year.

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