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The Morning After: Hoyas Wakeup in Second Half Against IUPUI

Hollis Thompson has longer hair than this now.
Hollis Thompson has longer hair than this now.

Postgame Quotes -
[JT3] On Hollis Thompson... The one thing that I'm most pleased with Hollis, and not just today, Hollis can shoot, he can really shoot. But other parts of the game, be it defense, be it rebounding, I think his communication with his teammates is at a much higher level than it was in previous years and so he is able to do so everything on the court well and now he just needs to continue to take pride in all aspects of the game

Thompson happy with rebound numbers - Georgetown Hoyas - RapidReports
Coach John Thompson III was thrilled with his team’s effort on the boards in a 43-rebound night, including 14 from F Nate Lubick and 10 from F Hollis Thompson. "That’s outstanding," he said. "They’re capable of doing that, and so now we’re going to expect them to do that more often."

Lubick attacks the boards - Georgetown Hoyas - RapidReports
Sophomore F Nate Lubick had his best game, pulling down a career-high 14 rebounds to go along with eight points and five assists in Georgetown’s 81-58 win. "There’s no more excuses about being young," he said. "My role has changed in terms of being a leader with the way I play."

Vox Populi " Postgame Roundup: Georgetown 81, IUPUI 58
Though John Thompson III didn’t make any formal changes to his defense during halftime, there was clearly an emphasis from the players to take away IUPUI’s top scoring threat. Coming into the game as the top career scorer in the nation, Young was blanketed by the outstanding second half effort from the Hoyas defense, baiting him into bad shots, if he ever got the ball. The Jaguars second leading scorer, point guard Stephen Thomas, also came apart in the second half. Though he seemed to enter the lane at will against a haphazard Hoya defense, he was just 2 of 10 from the field and cost the Jaguars valuable points in the paint with his poor finishing.

Leftovers: Georgetown 81, IUPUI 58 | Over the Hilltop
Nate Lubick. At this point, the odds that Lubick will lead the Hoyas in scoring in any game this season seem slim. He doesn’t look to the hoop often enough to rack up big point totals, and doesn’t have enough of an offensive repertoire when he does try to score. But he’s far ahead of the last two Hoya posts, Henry Sims and Julian Vaughn, as sophomores. He makes the most of his strength and energy, averaging nearly six rebounds per game, putting him near the team lead (with Sims, Thompson, and Otto Porter, in what’s shaping to be rebounding-by-committee). Also, for all his scoring shortcomings, he’s a valuable piece to the puzzle, averaging nearly 3 assists per game, behind only Sims. Monday night, he showed the seeds of what eventually could be a stronger scoring game, hitting a three and throwing down a rim-rattling dunk that brought the sparse Verizon Center crowd, which included Roy Hibbert, to its feet.

Georgetown vs. IUPUI: Hoyas pull away from Jaguars, 81-58 - The Washington Post
The Hoyas won their third game in a row despite Clark’s least productive shooting performance of the season. In 29 minutes, the senior captain finished with seven points in shooting just 1 for 7, including missing all four of his three-point attempts. Clark had averaged 23 points and shot 57 percent in the Maui Invitational, where the Hoyas went 2-1. Clark did manage to reach 1,000 points for his career on this night, and Georgetown wound up shooting 57 percent in the second half despite his rocky outing.

Georgetown pulls away after halftime against IUPUI | Washington Examiner
Clark, coming off an all-tournament performance at the Maui Invitational, struggled but still scored his 1,003rd career point Monday. "As a coach, I kept waiting for him to get out of it," John Thompson said. "I thought about taking him out a little earlier than I did, but I wanted him to end on something positive. ... We'll give a ball sometime soon, forget about it and keep on playing."

MEN'S BASKETBALL | Second-Half Run Carries GU Over IUPUI - Sports - The Hoya
"[IUPUI] came out and really executed and got what they wanted in the first half," Georgetown Head Coach John Thompson III said. "It was like we were stuck in the mud with a lot of our defensive rotations. They were getting too many open shots. ... You have to give them credit. They came out and executed."

Hoyas roar past IUPUI
Georgetown missed 13 of its 17 3-point attempts, but had a season-low seven turnovers.

A Half-Dozen Thoughts: Georgetown-IUPUI - Washington Times
The most impressive thing for the Hoyas? Their ability to value possession. This isn't reading too deeply into an outing against a less talented opponent. Georgetown's turnover totals through six games: 14, 10, 11, 15, 9 and now 7. The seven-turnover performance against IUPUI matched Georgetown's best of last season, and its last six-turnover game came against West Virginia in the Big East tournament title game in 2010. At no point did the Hoyas seem out of control on offense, and that's impressive considering they easily could have still been working on Maui time after last week's trip to Hawaii.