Media coverage of last night's affair against Mount St. Mary's. Casual Awards to follow later today.
Video highlights can be found here: No. 14 Georgetown Cruises 83-62
"They look more like a cohesive unit this year, more so than last year," said Mount St. Mary's Coach Milan Brown, whose 2008-09 team fell to the Hoyas, 69-58, at Verizon Center last December. "[They are] still just as talented. But they just look like they're having more fun playing with each other. They don't mind who's taking a shot."
A repeat of last season's chemistry-challenged slide is unlikely if the Hoyas continue to receive superb contributions from first-year starters Julian Vaughn and Jason Clark. Entering the season, consistency was expected from the returning starting trio of sophomore center Greg Monroe and junior backcourt mates Austin Freeman and Chris Wright. That troika certainly has delivered on those expectations to date.
"For the second game in a row in the first half, we did not protect the 3-point line," Thompson said. "I think at the start of the second half our guys did a very good job of that, covering for each other, closing out and making sure they didn't get off shots."
Coming off a 97-64 win over Lafayette, Georgetown notched back-to-back 20-point blowouts in its first Saturday-Monday set of games this season. The Hoyas will play on two days rest or less 12 more times during the regular season. "That was by design," Thompson said of the quick turnaround. "I scheduled this on purpose so they can fall into the routine of what they’re going to see down the road"
"I think it’s just like being more comfortable in the system and knowing what Coach wants to do," Vaughn said of his improvement. "At times [last year] I put pressure on myself, but this year I’ve definitely learned to relax."
"I think Julian was very good in terms of his presence on the court, being on the boards, being on the defensive end," said Hoyas coach John Thompson III. "I think he was very effective."
There probably isn’t a more ambiguous team in the top 25 right now than 5-0 Georgetown. Greg Monroe went for 19 and 11. It’s likely he’ll have 25 double-doubles by the time he walks off the court in his last game. The double-double isn’t an impressive stat in college basketball, but it’s very meaningful on a long-term basis for a team that’s dependent upon its big man.
This was easily the fastest-paced game of the year for the Hoyas. Last year's game against the Mountaineers was played with 65 possessions. Mt. St. Mary's had the faster offensive possessions, so it seems that they were attempting to push the pace this year, especially in the 2nd half.