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The Morning After: Train Back on the Tracks

Hollis Thompson, Hoyas pull away in second half to beat St. John's, 69-49 - The Washington Post
"You lose a couple [and] you have to get out of it," Coach John Thompson III said. "You have to find a way to get out of that rut. Our guys realized the only way to get out of it is with hard work. And our effort today was good."

Hoya Prospectus: Recap: Georgetown 69, St. John's 49
A simplistic way to describe Georgetown's offensive game today is Hollis Thompson for three [5/9 3FG] and second-chance points [19 off. reb, 21 pts]. The Hoyas' offense failed to make shots in the first half, settling for too many mid-range jumpshots [3/11] rather than inside attempts [4/9]. The Hoyas turned this around in the second half, where they continually attacked the rim or followed their own miss [10/16] rather than hoisting 2FG jumpers [1/4].

Closeout: Georgetown 69, St. John’s 49 | Over the Hilltop
In the end, Georgetown turned a tight game into a seeming blowout, leaving Madison Square Garden with a road win, all the more crucial in the Big East, in which seven of the sixteen teams finished the weekend with two conference losses.

MEN'S BASKETBALL | GU Halts Red Storm at Madison Square Garden - Sports - The Hoya
"Overall, I am pleased. I thought that we made the hustle plays, had 12 turnovers, and I still think that we need to cut that down, but obviously turnovers were the big thing coming out of the last game," Head Coach John Thompson III said, referring to the 17 turnovers committed by the Hoyas in a home-loss to Cincinnati on Monday night.

No. 11 Georgetown beats St. John's 69-49 -
"Coming out of halftime you have to say 'Well, none have dropped but I have confidence in my shooting and if the last ones haven't dropped that means I got one coming soon,'" said Thompson, who leads the Big East in 3-point shooting at 52.4 percent. Hoyas coach John Thompson III — no relation — was quick to jump in. "Hollis didn't realize he was 0 for. That's what makes him a good shooter," the coach said.

F Thompson keeps his cool - Georgetown Hoyas - RapidReports
F Hollis Thompson may have had a goose egg at halftime, but the junior wasn’t worried about his shot: "You just have to say, 'Well, none have dropped, but I have confidence in my shot, and if the last ones haven’t dropped, I know I have one coming soon.' "

No. 11 Georgetown beats St. John's 69-49
"I'm going to give you a cookie-cutter answer but it's true, every game in this league is big," said John Thompson, whose team plays at DePaul on Tuesday. "Obviously, just emotionally, you don't want to lose three in a row and then have to go back on the road again. Wins in this league on the road are hard to come by and every night is a dogfight. Every night you have to scrape. So, this was a big game in that regard."

Despite Strong Harkless Effort, Red Storm Fall to Georgetown
At the beginning of the game, Georgetown employed a zone defense that took the Red Storm out of their element after St. John’s opened the game on a 13-5 run. Once the Hoyas became the aggressors on both sides of the ball, they outscored St. John’s 20-6 through the rest of the opening stanza to take a 25-19 halftime lead.

No. 11 Georgetown Rolls Past St. John’s -
The Hoyas (14-3, 4-2) used length and physicality from the towering center Henry Sims and the 6-foot-8 forwards Hollis Thompson and Nate Lubick to clog the interior. It made for a lot of tiring possessions for the Red Storm. "They were really long," Harkless said of the Hoyas’ defenders. "We were just trying to pound the ball in the paint and trying to get them to foul us.

St. John's rallies, then gives in to Hoyas
"In the second half, Hollis Thompson got free on us, and that made a huge difference," said Dunlap, who is running things for the Red Storm while Steve Lavin recuperates from prostate cancer surgery. "We tried to climb up that hill one more time, and it was an incredible effort by our guys."

Hollis Thompson warms up after half, scores 20 to lead Hoyas' win - Washington Times
That helped Georgetown rebound from a ragged start when it trailed 13-5 in the early minutes, leading John Thompson III to call timeout and tell his young team, "Cherubs, let’s step it up a notch."

Hoyas handle Johnnies 69-49: postgame analysis - Rumble In The Garden
St. John's shot 0-10 from beyond the arc and 40% inside. The Storm held the Hoyas in check in the first half, only trailing 25-19, but the second half got away from them as the team from Washington shot better and got numerous attempts from the line.

GLIDEHOYAS: Hoyas find a way to put the train back on the tracks with a 69-49 win over St. John's
Hoyanation, the Hoyas are back "Back to Life" from here on out, "one game at a time!"