Well that wasn't fun at all. Georgetown survived one of the ugliest basketball games since James Naismith invented it in 1891. Down by eight with less than 10 minutes to go, it looked like Georgetown's offense wouldn't score another point. Then, in a flash, Chris Wright and Austin Freeman score 13 points on four shots, and all was forgiven.
The Hoyas scored 19 pathetic points in the first half and had somewhere between 500 and 7,000 turnovers. Good news is they rebounded to score 43 points in the second half. Chris Wright, Austin Freeman, Jason Clark, Hollis Thompson and Julian Vaughn started the game. Nate Lubick saw the majority of the bench minutes, providing some nice muscle and rebounding, but didn't contribute on the offensive end. Henry Sims, Jerrelle Benimon and Markel Starks also saw time. The vaunted backcourt of the Hoyas shouldered the entire scoring load, with Clark, Wright and Freeman scoring 18, 19 and 17 respectively.
Clark was the MVP of the game, singlehandedly carrying through the first half of malaise as he scored 9 of Georgetown's 19 points. Just in case you can't do math, the three guards scored 54 of our 62 points. That is scary. At the same time, I'm just glad we got a victory in a game we played so poorly. There will be plenty of time to delve into Freeman hitting the snooze button for the first 33 minutes of the game, Wright still wrecking balling like he's a freshman, and Julian Vaughn looking like he got his talents stolen by the monsters in Space Jam.
At the end of the day, our three best players made huge plays down the stretch to win a hard fought road test in the first game of the season. That's about all we can ask for right now. I am going to take a walk.
As always, more to follow tomorrow and throughout the weekend.