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The Morning After: A Win is a Win, I Think

Sleepwalk: Georgetown 62, Howard 48 | Over the Hilltop
Ultimately, Georgetown is a far better team than Howard, and it showed in the result despite the poor play. But the talent disparity will shrink in the Hoyas’ next game against American, and virtually disappear as Georgetown faces Memphis again before entering the Big East. Instead, the Hoyas will need to rely on the crisp offense and disciplined defense that fueled wins over Memphis and Alabama, and more lopsided routs of lesser foes.

Hoya Prospectus: Recap: Georgetown 62, Howard 48
But I just couldn't get that excited - it felt like the Hoyas had another gear on defense that they could reach for if they had to (and they did). After the under-8:00 timeout in the second half, the Bison made a jumpshot to close the score to 42-40, then grabbed Jason Clark's missed jumper to go back on offense with a chance to tie or even take the lead.

Georgetown basketball jumps out to early lead, holds on to beat Howard, 62-48 - The Washington Post
"It would be easy to stand here and come up with a bunch of excuses as to what happened," Thompson said. "But I don’t want to take anything away from Coach [Kevin] Nickelberry and what his team did. They outplayed us."

Thompson finds teaching moment - Georgetown Hoyas - RapidReports
During Howard’s second-half run that closed the Hoyas’ lead to 42-40, coach John Thompson III pointedly did not use any timeouts. "I wanted to see who was going to step up, who was going to talk, who was going to make adjustments on their own," he said.

No. 18 Georgetown Pulls Away from Howard, 62-48 -
Georgetown shot a season-low 31.2 percent from the floor (15-of-48), hit only 1-of-13 three-point field goal attempts (7.7%) and were 29-of-42 from the free throw line (69.0%).

Vox Populi " Postgame Roundup: Georgetown 62, Howard 48
Seventeen to zero. That was the score with just over 10 minutes to go in the first half, and Georgetown looked every bit as dominant as that margin would indicate. The Bison eventually got on the board, but the Hoyas were rolling well enough that redshirt freshman Aaron Bowen, usually the last scholarship player off the bench, checked in with 7:22 to go.

Georgetown vs. Howard :: Post-Game Quotes -
Senior guard Jason Clark On if they felt their Top 25 ranking put a target on their back for the game with Howard... Coach told us before, this is their biggest game of the season, so we knew they were going to compete with us and they did. They just played harder than us today.

Howard proves no easy foe for Georgetown | Washington Examiner
Georgetown in turn went cold after halftime, missing its first five shots from the field and finishing with its worst shooting percentage overall (.327) of the season. While Mike Phillips scored 12 of his 14 points for the Bison in the second half, Georgetown got 12 points each from Jason Clark and Hollis Thompson, who were a combined 18-for-21 at the line but 3-for-18 from the field and 0-for-6 from behind the arc.

Georgetown withstands Howard's 2nd-half scare, grabs sixth win in a row, 62-48 - Washington Times
But Georgetown is too good and too deep to let its inconsistency rule out, even on its worst day, against a team like Howard.