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The Morning After: Post-Game Articles, Quotes & Pictures

Not too much coverage yet from last night's win against St. John's so instead enjoy the following from the Oklahoma vs. Gonzaga game.

 

Hoyas open Big East play with win - Washington Times
Frankly, Thursday night's New Year's Eve bash at the Verizon Center was exactly the kind of game the Hoyas (10-1, 1-0 Big East) would have lost virtually every time during last season's disappointing 16-15 campaign. In fact, it's precisely the kind of game Georgetown did lose twice to the Johnnies (10-3, 0-1) in the span of one galling week last March.

 

St. John's Red Storm fizzles late as Georgetown Hoyas escape, 66-59
Georgetown scored all of its second-half points on layups, dunks and free throws as the Hoyas ran backdoor cuts and beat the Johnnies on drives to the basket, responding with poise after the Storm grabbed the lead. Hardy drained a 3-pointer for a 51-50 St. John's lead with 9:32 to play and Wright put the Hoyas back in front at the other end with a three-point play.

 

Georgetown defeats St. John's in Big East Conference opener, 66-59 - washingtonpost.com
The verdict, with Georgetown turning back a physical challenge by the Red Storm for a 66-59 victory, was sufficiently encouraging that all the New Year's Eve party hats and cheap plastic horns that the 9,376 Hoya faithful brought to the game didn't look one bit out of place.

 

Post Game Quotes: Georgetown vs. St. Johns - GEORGETOWN OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE
"It's the Big East. They are a physical team. They're a veteran team, they're a deep team. One thing that people talk about is depth .... but the guys they have coming off the bench is just as good if not better than the guys they have out there first. With a lot of it, we were always attacking as opposed to being back on our heels defensively as well as offensively. We are not comparing and contrasting last year but that was one of the main differences."

 

Hoya Prospectus: Recap: Georgetown 66, St. John's 59
I suspect that many fans will look at the 13 turnovers and think that Georgetown did a better job taking care of the ball, but with only 61 possessions in the game, that still ends up with a >20% turnover rate for the 5th consecutive game.