The Morning After: Xavier Musketeers

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What the media is saying about Georgetown's remarkable collapse

Georgetown vs. Xavier: Hoyas lose after blowing 17-point lead - The Washington Post
“That’s very abnormal for our team, what happened in the second half,” Georgetown Coach John Thompson III said of the collapse. “So you don’t necessarily want to throw the baby out with the bath water, but at the same time we have to go back and look at it and figure out why.”

G L I D E H O Y A S: My thoughts on the Hoyas 80-67 road loss ot Xavier
Hoyas veteran point guard didn't think it was about "fatigue. "Just couldn’t score,” said Starks, who had seven assists and five rebounds but committed five turnovers. “I’m not going to put the blame on fatigue. Guys got to fight through it. Myself and D’Vauntes, we’ve got to fight through it regardless.”I think more timeouts than usual are needed in the future especially being being undermanned. If you're not ready at time an aggressive defensive press can catch you off guard if you're not ready at all times of the game.

XU rallies past Georgetown after 17-point deficit | |
Forcing Georgetown out of its zone defense was another huge factor in the momentum change. John Thompson III’s team implemented zone with 7:38 left in the first half and threw XU for a loop, holding it to 2-for-12 shooting with two turnovers down the stretch. “We didn’t score on I think 13 of our last 16 possessions of the half,” Mack said. “In the second half we were able to get some stops, get some looks in transition. It’s obviously harder to play zone when you’re trying to figure out where you need to be in that zone.”

Georgetown Hoyas vs. Xavier Musketeers Recap -
Markel Starks led Georgetown with 19 points. The Hoyas missed their last eight shots and a pair of free throws, allowing Xavier to pull away.

Xavier rebounds from sluggish first half to beat undermanned Georgetown | CollegeBasketballTalk
The argument that a Georgetown team that entered the game shooting just 33% from beyond the arc wouldn’t duplicate its 63.6% first half could certainly be made, but that would only be the case if Chris Mack’s team showed greater effort defensively. And that’s exactly what happened, as the Musketeers outscored Georgetown 44-14 over the final 15 minutes to win 80-67 in Cincinnati.

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