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The Morning After: ThunderSnow & A Whole Lot of Swagger

Georgetown finds shooting touch against St. John's - Chamberlain |
There may have been a white storm raging outside the Verizon Center, but inside the building, the St. John's Red Storm were powerless to resist a hail of three-point shots rained down upon them by Georgetown. As a result, the Hoyas defeated the Johnnies 77-52 and improved their record to 4-4 in Big East play (15-5 overall) ahead of Saturday's tough trip to Philadelphia to play Villanova.

Georgetown vs. St. John's: Hoyas pull away from Red Storm, 77-52
"They played with a hard edge, an aggressiveness, maybe a payback mentality," Lavin said. "They were shooting it so well, they were in rhythm, clicking, hitting on all cylinders. They run a precision-oriented offense in terms of passing, spacing, cutting and timing. This was one of those nights [Coach Pete] Carril would be lighting a cigar somewhere, proud, calling JTIII, proud of one of his disciple's efforts."

Post Game Quotes -
Hollis Thompson On his mentality coming off of the bench... When you come off the bench you get an opportunity to see what we're doing right, what we're doing wrong, what we need to do more of and what you need to bring to the table. When I come in and try to bring that. I think it worked. On his reaction to not starting ... Coach knows what he's doing. When he tells you you're not starting, it's for the best of the team, than whatever is for the best of the team I'm going to support.

Hoya Prospectus: Recap: Georgetown 77, St. John's 52
What's interesting to me is that I believe that Lubick started over Thompson to improve the defense, but the team played much better defense when Hollis was on the floor.  Why Thompson played 30 defensive possessions by my count, and on 22 of those, he was guarding the "3" position, as he had some combination of Vaughn/Sims and Lubick/Benimon on the court at the same time.  In those situations, the team surrendered 12 points [DEff = 55].  Of course, on the possessions when Hollis was the second biggest player on the court for Georgetown, the team only gave up 5 points.

No. 21 Georgetown defeats St. John's 77-52 -
Georgetown, with the rhythm restored to its Princeton-influenced offense, had assists on 12 of its 15 baskets in the first half and on 21 of 26 baskets for the game.

St. John's Vs. Georgetown: Hoyas Blow Away Red Storm 77-52 - SB Nation DC
The win puts the Hoyas back at .500 in Big East play at 4-4, three games back of first place Pittsburgh. Georgetown will have a big test ahead of them January 29 against the No. 8 Villanova Wildcats in Philadelphia.

St. John's Red Storm vs. Georgetown Hoyas - Recap - January 26, 2011 - ESPN
"We know we didn't play well at St. John's, offensively and defensively," said Georgetown's Chris Wright, reflecting on the 61-58 outcome in New York on Jan. 3. "We just were off. We wanted to really come out here and beat them, and beat them on the boards, and beat them defensively and get a lot of stops and get out and run. Yeah, it was definitely a payback game."

The Georgetown Voice " Georgetown unleashes storm against St. John’s
Wright pointed to a week of tough practices, including competitive and physical three-on-three scrimmages as the main reason for the Hoyas’ defensive improvement. "Three-on-three might have been tougher than it was out there tonight," Wright said. "It was definitely intense and very competitive, and it helped us out a lot tonight."

MEN'S BASKETBALL | Hoyas Dominate Johnnies, Win Third Straight - The Hoya - Sports
After shooting 51 percent from the field and 9-for-18 from beyond the arc Wednesday night, Georgetown's shooting slump is officially a thing of the past. Led by senior forward Julian Vaughn's eight rebounds and strong interior defense, the Hoyas also won the rebounding war, 39-30, including 31-20 on the defensive glass.

Hoyas thrive in a storm | Craig Stouffer | College | Washington Examiner
"It turned out okay," said Hoyas head coach John Thompson III when asked about swapping Thompson out of the starting lineup for freshman forward Nate Lubick, who had four first-half turnovers but still managed six points and six rebounds. "I’ve said before, it doesn’t matter."

Georgetown Hoyas rout slumping St. John's, 77-52, as Red Storm falls below .500 in Big East
St. John's suffered its third straight road loss of 15 points or more (two were by 25). It shot 34%, and its defense was ineffective against the Hoyas (15-5, 4-4), whom they beat at the Garden on Jan. 3. Georgetown shot 52% and 50% on three-pointers.