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The Morning After: The Seniors Lead as the 'Youngins' Impress

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Bench Shines, Ayegba Debuts in Win | The Hoya
The loudest Verizon Center got was during the final two minutes of the contest when freshman forward Moses Ayegba, who had been suspended for Georgetown’s first nine games, made his debut. A strong, long-armed physical specimen, Ayegba showed polish, scoring four points, which included two smooth free throws. In his first collegiate game, he looked comfortable in the offense, albeit for a couple of minutes, and showed a quick flash of what he can bring to the Hoyas’ mix this season.

Georgetown vs. Appalachian State: Hoyas basketball cruises to biggest margin of victory of season
The Hoyas' four freshmen shot a combined 8 for 10 from the floor and 5 for 5 from the free throw line. The key contributor was Nate Lubick, who notched a career-high 11 points and ignited the crowd of 8,765 with a pair of dunks midway through the second half. Nate "was aggressive and we need Nate Lubick to be aggressive," Thompson said. "He also threw a couple of passes that a lot of freshmen don't see."

Appalachian State Mountaineers vs. Georgetown Hoyas - Recap - December 12, 2010 - ESPN
"In the locker room, I was a little nervous," Thompson said. "Following the Temple game, the last two days we've done literally five minutes of offense -- it's just been all defense. I'm sitting there, [thinking], 'Whew, we're probably going to come out a little rusty on offense.' "

Hoyas Roll Over Appalachian State | The Hoya
Overall, the Hoyas shot a scintillating 72.4 percent from the field in the second half, slashing to the bucket for easy layups and dunks, highlighted by two jams from freshman Nate Lubick and one emphatic dunk from senior guard Austin Freeman. Wright’s 12 assists tied the career high he set earlier this year against Coastal Carolina, and the rest of the team took their cue from the senior point guard, dishing out 15 assists of their own en route to Georgetown’s best passing performance of the year.

Appalachian State no match for Georgetown
More than just covering Sims once the shot was being attempted, the long-limbed Clark was diligent when it came to denying the entry pass and not allowing the high-scoring guard to get clean looks. "Jason did a terrific job," said JTIII. "He worked, he was extremely attentive. Not only did the kid [Sims] not make a [3-pointer], but for him only to get five off is an accomplishment in it of itself."   Clark made three of the Hoyas four 3-pointers, but overall the Hilltop gang made only 4 of 12 attempts from beyond the arc and failed to make one in the second half. That's not to say the offense was not clicking; the Hoyas did shoot 60 percent from the field.

The Georgetown Voice " Wright, Hoyas easily pass test against Appalachian State
If Wright can keep piloting the Hoyas like he did on Sunday, those challenges could be easier than anyone thought. He’ll certainly keep garnering more attention, both from opposing game planners and Sportscenter highlight reels. The veteran point guard, however, has learned that he doesn’t want to be the center of attention. "I’m not really trying to play flashy," Wright said. "I think I’m just making the right reads."

Better than passing grade | Washington Examiner
"The Committee," as the Hoyas coach has taken to calling his frontcourt, "did a much better job today of helping these guys when they're getting on ball screens. ... Our committee did a very good job of being there, of not letting their guards either get shots off or get extended penetration."

Georgetown Hoyas Bounce Back With 89-60 Win Over Appalachian State - SB Nation DC
Georgetown will have a nice healthy break to prepare for its next game against the powerhouse team from Loyola, MD. Following that matchup though, the Hoyas will face two top 25 teams on the road as they visit Memphis and Notre Dame.

Hoyas Rebound with 89-60 Win Against Appalachian State - Georgetown, DC Patch
"The start of the second half definitely was key," Hoyas coach John Thompson III said. "We are going to need all three of them to score points, but they also have to lead us in everything else, in hustle plays, in boxing out and getting on the floor. At the start of that second half, I thought the three of them did that and that's what gave us our boost, our push."