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The Morning After: Georgetown Wins, Clark is a Hero, Where Was Vaughn?

Georgetown basketball beats Tulane behind Jason Clark and Austin Freeman
Early Monday afternoon, Jason Clark found out that his grandmother had died. By the time Georgetown's game ended a few hours later, the junior had honored her in the best way he knew - with one of the most complete performances of his career.

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"More often than not, they’re going to lead us in scoring," Thompson said of his three starting guards. "They’re going to score points. That is a given. For us to be successful, on top of the growth and progression of our younger guys, these guys have to lead us and set the tone in every other aspect of the game other than scoring."

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Tulane, supposedly, is extremely thin this year. After Georgetown eked out a win against Old Dominion on the road Friday night, an good job by the Green Wave to keep it from getting embarrassing at the Verizon Center. Especially impressive when you consider the Hoyas were 59 percent from the field in effective field goal percentage.

Hoya Prospectus: Recap: Georgetown 69, Tulane 53
Without Julian Vaughn, Georgetown could have been exploited by a strong rebounding team, but luckily for the Hoyas, Tulane is not that team.  They were ranked 281st and 282nd in offensive and defensive rebounding last year, and returned no player taller than 6'7".  As an aside, I haven't heard any updates with regards to Vaughn's health, but hopefully the training staff is reacting a bit conservatively after Austin Freeman's diabetes diagnosis last year.

Clark Records Double-Double as No. 20 Georgetown Beats Tulane, 69-53 -
The Hoyas attempted 29 3-pointers - five off the school record - and made 12 in a 69-53 win over the Green Wave. It's not exactly what Georgetown coach John Thompson III has in mind for his offense, but when the opportunity presents itself, his team will not hesitate to shoot. "There was a stretch there where I told them, 'We're taking too many,' but then I thought about it and Tulane made a concerted effort; that's what they were going to give us," Thompson said. "They clogged everything up when we threw it down and said, 'We're going to let you take shots and see if you can make them.' I'm comfortable with that because I think we have guys that can make them."

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"Yesterday, at practice, Julian Vaughn complained he wasn’t feeling well," head coach John Thompson III said. "The doctors have not cleared him to play and until they do he will not be suiting up. We do not know when this will happen and at this point we do not have enough data to speculate."

Tulane comes up short at No. 20 Georgetown
"Hats off to Georgetown," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "They came out with great focus. They have three sensational guards and have four starters back and are a top 20 team. They made us pay and they stepped up and hit those threes early. Credit them with that and I thought as we bounced back their willingness to share the basketball showed up."

Cruise Control: Georgetown 69, Tulane 53 " Over the Hilltop
While, again, too many points came from the perimeter, Hoya fans best steel themselves for more of the same throughout the season.