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The Morning After: Lose, LEARN, and Move On

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Cold shooting night hurts the Hoyas
"I don't think I'm forcing shots, or doing anything uncharacteristic," Wright said. "I'm just missing shots. I believe in myself, and I believe in my shot, so I'm going to continue to shoot the ball and knock them down. I'm just going to keep playing, and eventually when I start hitting shots, eventually we won't be sitting here [after] losing."

The Georgetown Voice " Georgetown’s Big Three comes up short against St. John’s
"We need Chris, Austin, and Jason to score points. That’s not a secret," John Thompson III said. "Do we have to find other ways to win when they’re not putting the ball in the basket? Yes. Do I feel confident that on nights like tonight we can do that? Yes. I don’t think this game was lost because of them not scoring points. It’s just plays at the other end of the court that we had to make, that we didn’t make."

St. John's upsets No. 13 Georgetown Hoyas at Madison Square Garden, improves to 3-0 in Big East play
"So often a game at this level comes down to finding a way - really willpower," coach Steve Lavin said. "I commend our seniors for leading the way."

Vox Populi " Georgetown’s Big East slide continues against St. John’s
Hollis Thompson was the Hoyas’ best player, scoring a team-high 16 points and grabbing 7 rebounds, but he was nowhere to be seen in the final minutes of the game. Experience wasn’t the issue, as Nate Lubick, a less experienced, less potent offensive player took Hollis’ spot on the floor with the rest of the starting five.

Georgetown Hoyas vs. St. John's Red Storm - Recap - January 03, 2011 - ESPN
It was Georgetown's second-lowest point total of the season. The Hoyas had 55 points in losing the Big East opener last week to Notre Dame.

Enjoy the win, St. John’s — it’s about to get rough | Beyond the Arc
The Red Storm (10-3) earned their 61-58 win against No. 13 Georgetown on Monday night by being disciplined on offense (just four turnovers), aggressive on defense (the Hoyas’ Big 3 of Austin Freeman, Jason Clark and Chris Wright combined to shoot 7 of 25) and poised in the clutch (props to Dwight Hardy and Justin Brownlee).

Hoya Prospectus: Recap: St. John's 61, Georgetown 58
While the easy story of the game is the disappointing night for Messrs. Freeman, Wright and Clark, the tempo-free box score lays clear that - in spite of the lousy shooting - the single biggest difference in the game was turnovers. Georgetown managed a -10 [14-4] turnover margin in tonight's game.  In a 53 possession game, that means that the Hoyas would need to score more than +0.25 points per effective* possession more than their opponent.  They managed to be only +0.24 in those possessions, and that was the ballgame.

Ballin' is a Habit: Don't put too much emphasis on the outcome of the Georgetown-St. John's game
On paper, it looks bad. St. John's has already lost to Fordham and St. Bonaventure this season and was all but written off by many around the blogosphere. But they surprised a lot of people last week by picking up wins at West Virginia and Providence -- remember what we were saying about winning on the road?

St. John's upsets No. 13 Georgetown at Madison Square Garden, improves to 3-0 in Big East play
Don't call it an upset. St. John's sent the college basketball world a message Monday night by toughing out a thrilling 61-58 victory over No. 13 Georgetown before 8,897 at the Garden. And that win, its fifth straight, gives the Red Storm the look of a Big East contender.

St. John's Red Storm regain relevancy with upset victory over Georgetown Hoyas - College Basketball News | FOX Sports on MSN
There might be a new coach and a completely different system in place, but the names on the back of the jerseys have remained constant. "They’re exactly the same," Georgetown coach John Thompson III said. "They’ve been out there for four years, all playing significant minutes. They have experience."

St. John’s Returns to Garden Limelight in Big East Home Debut - NYTimes.com
After the final horn, hollering St. John’s students, who had been competing in an ill-tempered chant-off with Georgetown fans, stood on their chairs and pumped their fists.

St. John's steals one from No. 13 Georgetown - College basketball- NBC Sports
The Red Storm's constantly changing defenses, with a tendency toward zones most of the time, were so effective that Georgetown's three guards and leading scorers — Austin Freeman, Chris Wright and Jason Clark — were a combined 7 of 25 from the field — 2 of 13 on 3s — and had a total of 20 points, 26.1 below their combined averages coming in.

Brownlee's basket gives Storm win over Hoyas
Through none of last night's players were born when such basketball giants as Chris Mullin and Patrick Ewing stalked the Garden floor in repeated by-gone wrangles between St. John's and Georgetown for the nation's top ranking a quarter century ago, last night's battle had a fervor familiar to the two schools' older alumni.

Morning Commute: Georgetown Isn't As Bad As Their Playing Right Now - Half Smokes - SB Nation DC
But let's not forget who this Georgetown team is. We were all pretty comfortable with their ranking before these last couple losses, and a few poor shooting nights shouldn't affect how we feel about them too much. Of course, the doomsday scenario is that they pull a Texas from last year, but I don't see this team doing that.