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Postgame Quotes -
Georgetown Head Coach John Thompson III On Jason Clark's performance... Jason changed the plan. He decided to go with the plan. In the first half he was missing shots and he was down on himself because he was missing shots. From the very first possession of the second half you saw his focus change that I'm going to guard that guy. As he focused in on his defense his shot started to fall. His defense set the tone and his offense followed.

On playing the four freshmen in the second half
... It just felt right. It wasn't rocket science, but once they got out there they fell into a groove and Hopkins's minutes were key.

On Hollis Thompson's end of the game performance
... We say this in jest, but Hollis's confidence is always flowing and our confidence in him is always going. So we run a play to get him a shot and it goes in and then his teammates are trying to get him shots. That's what being an understanding team is all about...We did a good job as a group of going back to him and getting him the ball and more important he came through.

Georgetown rides 2nd-half surge past Marquette -
"It was a Big East game," said Georgetown coach John Thompson III. "This was about defense. We just guarded (in the second half). That’s what’s going to win games in this conference. "You’ve got to get stops, and I thought there were long stretches there in the second half (where we did). We’re not even going to talk about the first half because that was embarrassing."

Georgetown vs. Marquette: Hoyas erase 17-point deficit to topple Golden Eagles, 73-70 - The Washington Post
"We just felt like we were getting embarrassed," Clark said. "So in the second half, we wanted to turn it up defensively, and our defense turned into our offense."

Georgetown's streak goes to 11 after big rally against Marquette | Washington Examiner
"It didn't feel like [I was playing with four freshmen]," said Clark, who attacked the rim for 18 of his game-high 26 points after halftime. "They don't play like it. We don't think about it when we're on the court. I think they come in and contribute so well it blows by you."

Vox Populi " Postgame Roundup: Hoyas rally past Marquette, 73-70
"We were just rolling," Hollis Thompson said of watching Clark work with the four freshmen. "They couldn’t score. I don’t know how long it was but it felt like they couldn’t get a basket for a long time."

Comeback: #9 Georgetown 73, #20 Marquette 70 | Over the Hilltop
That said, an eleven-game winning streak is not built on picture-perfect victories alone. Georgetown has shown over those eleven games that it can win fast, slow, pretty, and ugly. The Hoyas can win while making 60-plus percent of their shots, as they did Wednesday night, or just 30 percent, as they did against Providence on Saturday. Without further lapsing into a Seussism, the young Hoyas’ versatility is as impressive as it is reassuring to fans of a team that sometimes seemed one-dimensional in years past.

Night Court: Hoyas get another impressive win -
Game of the day: Marquette continues to confound everyone. The Golden Eagles dominated Georgetown for the first 27 minutes of the game, taking a 17-point lead with 13:10 left. They then went seven and a half minutes without a field goal, allowing the Hoyas to get back into the game. Hollis Thompson – who beat Alabama earlier this season on a 3-pointer – finally broke a tie with 24 seconds left as Georgetown won, 73-70. Jason Clark scored 18 points in the second half. Marquette has now lost three of five.

Ballin' is a Habit: Thursday's Shootaround: Georgetown's comeback tops wild day
Georgetown was led back by their three horses: Henry Sims, Hollis Thompson and Jason Clark. All three will get -- and deserve -- a ton of praise for their performance down the stretch, but I'm going to give the game ball to Greg Whittington. The 6'8" freshman wing played stifling defense on Darius Johnson-Odom down the stretch, completely taking Marquette's go-to guy out of the game.

Hoya Prospectus: Recap: Georgetown 73, Marquette 70
But as good as the offense was in the second half, you need defense to come back just as much (if not more). And the defense was good -- sparked by fantastic play by the freshmen perimeter duo of Jabril Trawick and Greg Whittington on D. Nearly everyone played well on D in the second half but these two were phenomenal. As evidence, I submit: Greg Whittington, 17 minutes, +16 in plus/minus. Not often you see that from a SG who scored two points.

No. 9 Georgetown Hoyas rally for 73-70 win over No. 20 Marquette - Andy Glockner -
Henry Sims makes the Hoyas hum. For the long stretch in the middle of the game when the Hoyas' offense was ineffective, Sims was not nearly as involved as he needs to be. Just click down the play-by-play for the game and you see huge gaps where Sims didn't make any measurable plays (good or bad). The Hoyas' version of the Princeton offense is not solely dependent on running through a big man (which is why the reformed version is more enjoyable and adaptable), but Sims is such a diverse talent, you have to make sure he stays involved. Jason Clark was the scoring star with 26 points, but they look better when they run through Sims. That was clear down the stretch when he had a layup and two assists on the Hoyas' final seven points of the game to get the win.

No. 9/9 Georgetown 73, No. 20/20 Marquette 70 - Anonymous Eagle
Field Goal Defense is a problem, we all know this. But in this game it was completely ridiculous, even for us. Georgetown shot an absurd 62.8% for the game. In the second half they shot 76.2%!!! I'm not smart enough to understand the advanced metrics but, for those of you who are, that comes out to be an eFG% of 86%!!! Even in the first half, when Marquette was playing "well" defensively, the Hoyas were still shooting 50% from the field. That was undone by their 13 first half turnovers.

Jason Clark spurs No. 9 Georgetown's improbable 2nd-half rally over No. 20 Marquette - Washington Times
The Hoyas shot an astonishing 76.2 percent percent in the second half (16-for-21) and held Marquette to just 17 shots. "They only missed five balls," Golden Eagles coach Buzz Williams said. "That’s really hard to overcome."

Golden Eagles collapse in second half, fall to Hoyas - JSOnline
Asked about his team's defensive shortcomings, Williams said: "You could point to a lot of different things. (At a certain point) it just became Clark driving us and that's not necessarily just the guy who is guarding Clark at that time. It's whoever has to be on the help side. . .

Initial reactions: Marquette chokes away 17-point lead in loss to Hoyas | Paint Touches
Williams’ timeout following Todd Mayo’s 3-pointer to put Marquette up 17 points was questionable. It’s like Buzz to give his short bench breathers from time-to-time, but this was a period where Marquette really could have closed the game with another stop and basket or force Georgetown to use a timeout.

Top 10 streak continues - Georgetown Hoyas - RapidReports
By moving into the AP top 10 this week, the ninth-ranked Hoyas can claim being one of just four teams to have spent at least one week in the top 10 in that poll for six straight seasons. The others are Duke, North Carolina and Pittsburgh.