Media coverage of last night's affair against Butler. Welcome back to the national spotlight, Greg.
Notable performance from Tuesday: Greg Monroe took 20 shots, made nine and finished with 24 points and 15 rebounds in 15th-ranked Georgetown's 72-65 win over No. 22 Butler. Both the 24 points and 15 rebounds were career highs for Monroe. This was his third double-double of the season.
The 6-10 center played 76 percent of his team’s available minutes last season, but only accounted for 20.8 percent of its shots. DaJuan Summers and Chris Wright both hoisted the ball more often, which helps explain why the Hoyas finished 16-15 last season. (To say nothing of Austin Freeman and his efficient scoring style last season and on Tuesday, but that’s another post.)
"I'm just focusing on what I need to do for my team to win on a daily game basis," said Monroe, who flashed a tremendous inside game with baseline moves and reverse layups while attacking the basket. "Of course you have to rebound because that comes with my position, but everything I try to do is for the betterment of the team."
Georgetown can match its best start under coach John Thompson III with a victory against No. 17 Washington in the John Wooden Classic on Saturday in Anaheim, Calif.
"I wanted this group to be tested," Thompson said. "This is a league [Big East] where once conference play starts, you are going to play a good team on Tuesday or Wednesday, and then you're going to play a good team on Saturday. I want our guys to be used to that emotional ride. If you lose today, you can't think you're the worst person in the world. You have to regroup and get ready for Saturday."
"They just do a great job with Monroe and [Julian] Vaughn and Sims of taking away any shots you get inside," Jones said. "I think [Georgetown] has the ability to be very good. Certainly from what I saw where I sat today and what I saw on film, I think they have a chance to be one of the best teams in the nation by the season's end."
Monroe, last season's Big East rookie of the year, recorded his third double-double of the season as the Hoyas (7-0) used their size advantage to control the paint at both ends.
"That really was a total team effort there," the sixth-year head coach said. "It’s easy to talk about what Greg did, what Austin did, but look at the minutes [freshman guard] Vee [Sanford] gave in the first half were huge. The minutes [freshman forward] Jerrelle [Benimon] played were huge."
In the postgame press conference, Monroe was asked if 20 shots was the most he's ever taken (he said yes), and if coach John Thompson III had told him to be more offensively assertive. "You should ask coach that," Thompson stepped in and said, referring to himself in the third person. He then provided a classic Georgetown-system answer: "If it's there. I think Greg is an unselfish player. We have an unselfish team. We have a lot of people in that locker room that can score. The number of shots one takes isn't important to this group. It's how we play, and if they're the right shots, and if we get victories that's important."
The much bigger Hoyas, coming off a successful three-game homestand, dominated Butler on both ends of the court. Georgetown posted a 42-30 advantage in the rebounds department and outplayed the Bulldogs inside the paint, 30-16.
Georgetown finished with a 43-30 rebound advantage, outscored the Bulldogs (6-3) by 30-16 inside, and held Butler forward Matt Howard to nine points on 1-of-9 shooting.
Georgetown didn’t play in a holiday event but can join that elite group this week with victories over two Top 25 teams.
The obvious: You want to see Greg Monroe play the way he did last night in every game of importance for the Hoyas this season. Never before had he scored 24 points or taken in 15 rebounds in a game. It was the big man’s third double-double of the season as well.
I'll just post what I can tonight, and hope Mex Carey or someone else in Athletics can get better stats posted.