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The Morning After: Mike Rice Upset That His Strategy to Foul Led to Fouls

Rutgers falls to No. 10 Georgetown, 52-50, as Mike Rice questions two foul calls in final two minutes |
"We’re an aggressive team," Rice said. "I guess we’ll have to learn how to play with more toughness in the paint and to finish better. We’re an attack team, so again — I didn’t mind (most of the calls). Again, I could be completely wrong. I’d like to go and look at it before I criticize."

Porter’s big shots save No. 10 Georgetown from becoming Rutgers’ third top-10 victim, 52-50 - The Washington Post
"There were some bizarre plays, some bizarre whistles," Rice said. "Before I get into it, I’d like to look on replay to see if they were the correct call. Because again, we do foul. We did play a lot without a purpose as far as our positioning and playing with our hands instead of our feet and our bodies. But it was interesting the last two minutes."

Debatable call, foul trouble doom Rutgers | The Asbury Park Press NJ |
"I don’t really know what happened. I just know the ref called a foul," Porter said. "I was just thinking hit the free throws. That’s all I was thinking about it. It just came. I’ve practiced my free throws, and I was able to hit them."

Rutgers Loses to Georgetown 52-50; Rice to Meet with Big East? - On the Banks
It was that kind of afternoon for Rutgers. They were called for a ton of ticky tack fouls--a push-off by Eli Carter late really seemed to get Mike Rice's temper going--while Georgetown was able to manhandle RU's big men down low. At one point, Derrick Randall was mugged 3 times in a row under the basket--no call. On another possession, Greg Lewis gave one of the Hoyas a piggyback ride. No call. If the game was called consistently, Rutgers would have won this one going away.

Otto Porter salvages win for No. 10 Georgetown against Rutgers - Washington Times
With his teammates struggling to hit the broad side of a barn, Whittington stepped up midway through the second half, rattling off seven straight points, including a 3-pointer, to help Georgetown equal the score at 38-38. "I was just doing the things I know I can do," the freshman from Columbia, Md., said. "Coach said be aggressive and play hard defense. I just played defense, and it gave me confidence to make the shots."

Everything lines up at end for Georgetown | Washington Examiner
"We know that there's going to be days like this, and if we just keep playing defense, we can pull out wins," Clark said. "I've had that feeling about our team this whole year. We've been in some tight games, and there's always been a feeling that we're not going to lose this game."

MEN'S BASKETBALL | Hoyas Eke Out Win Over Scarlet Knights - Sports - The Hoya
The freshman duo combined for 16 points and nine rebounds, including six offensive boards. Whittington scored all seven of his points in a two-minute span to tie the game after the Blue and Gray found themselves in a 38-31 hole in the second half.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. Georgetown Hoyas - Recap - January 21, 2012 - ESPN
Georgetown, which entered the game second in the Big East making 37.2 percent of its 3-pointers, missed all eight of its 3-pointers in the first half. But Markel Starks and Jason Clark, the Hoyas' starting backcourt, each made 3-pointers before the second-half's first timeout to shake off a combined 0 for 5 from the field in the first half.

How bad were the Hoyas in the first half against Rutgers? - Georgetown Hoyas - RapidReports
Coach John Thompson III tried not to think about his team’s 3 of 23 shooting effort in the first half. "I didn’t look at that box score," he said. "This is the second time this year where there was a lid on the basket. The ball just wasn’t going in."

Vox Populi " Postgame Roundup: Hoyas 52, Scarlet Knights 50
For a long stretch in the second half, Thompson used seniors Jason Clark and Henry Sims alongside his three main freshmen. Though the lineup was certainly effective, it was also necessary, as junior Hollis Thompson sat out much of the second half and was not "himself" due to a pulled thigh muscle according to Thompson III. Asked about the lineup, Thompson said that he was going for defense. "At this point of the year, we’re not thinking of anyone as a freshmen," he commented. "I just thought that was our best defensive group. That group was consistently getting stops and I thought they did a very good job."

Hoya Prospectus: Recap: Georgetown 52, Rutgers 50
The problem for Rutgers was two-fold in the second half: Georgetown wasn't missing the easy shots anymore [4/5 on dunks, layups and tips], and had stopped turning over the ball. After committing 9 turnovers on 31 possessions in the first half, the Hoyas finally held onto the ball after intermission, committing only 5 turnovers in their last 29 possessions to claw back into the game, and finally to win it.

Postgame Quotes -
Senior Center Henry Sims On the challenge of the aggressive, rotating big men from Rutgers... "Every Big East game is a battle inside. Coach told us going in that their bigs are aggressive and they rotate a lot. My mindset was not to cave into their pressure."

Thompson: 'Our defense won the game for us' - Georgetown Hoyas - RapidReports
After an offensive performance to forget, coach John Thompson III credited his defense for pulling out the victory against Rutgers. "Our defense won the game for us," he said. "It enabled us to hang around and withstand a day when we were not good offensively."

Escape: Georgetown 52, Rutgers 50 | Over the Hilltop
Georgetown finished a three-game stretch against inferior but tricky teams: St. John’s with young offensive promise; DePaul with harried pressure; and Rutgers with sticky, grabbing defense. As they should have, the Hoyas won all three. Those wins look all the more essential when looking at the standings where, behind the hated (and, alas, undefeated) Orange, there’s a logjam of five teams with two losses apiece.