Georgetown vs. U-Conn.: Kemba Walker scores 31 points to snap Hoyas' eight-game winning streak
"Our defense was horrible today," Georgetown Coach John Thompson III said. "He is a very good player. They put him in position to make plays. I don't think we did a good job helping each other in rotating and supporting."
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"I’ve just been real confident," Coombs-McDaniel said. "I’ve been playing a lot more as well. The guys have a lot of confidence in me and I’ve just been knocking down shots."
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"We got two very good looks [at the end of the game]. The ball didn't go," he said. "The offensive end was not the issue, it was the defensive end. As a team we didn't play our usual defense and that's what led to a lot of easy shots for Kemba and his teammates."
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Trailing by eight halfway through the second half, Head Coach John Thompson III switched to a zone defense, which helped the Hoyas go on a 20-11 run that gave them a 70-69 lead with four minutes to go in the game. But the Huskies immediately answered with a 9-0 run to end the game.
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Despite Walker’s heroics, the Hoyas showed veteran poise and determination to stay in the game. Although the Huskies held an eight-point lead with about 10 minutes remaining, Georgetown fought back to eventually take a one-point lead with four minutes left thanks to multiple Wright three-pointers, who went 5-for-9 from behind the arc for the second game in a row.
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But in the end, once again it was the poor defense that was the big driver in last night's loss. Kemba Walker seemed able to drive the lane at will in the second half, and when multiple help defenders did collapse, he was usually able to find Jamal Coombs-McDaniel for an easy shot attempt.
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A quick note on Georgetown: the Hoyas’ eight-game winning streak came to an end tonight, but it wasn’t going to go on forever. They’re still in good position to finish strong and get a top four seed in the NCAA Tournament.
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The difference, it seems, is that Kemba made the decision to attack the basket. No one on Georgetown was able to keep Walker out of the paint. Few around the country can. But when help came, he wasn’t forcing the tough jumpers or step back threes that he had been. Instead, he was finding his teammates, and tonight’s beneficiary was Jamal Coombs-McDaniel.
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Chris Wright was sensational for Georgetown (5-for-9 from 3, 19 points), but it was very nice to see UConn to hold a very good-shooting Georgetown team to 43% from the field. The Hoyas made a lot of tough shots (and, to be honest, missed a couple easy ones down the stretch), but when they missed, UConn kept them off the boards.