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The Morning After: Rolling in the D (See What I Did There?)

MEN'S BASKETBALL | Lubick, Whittington Step Up for Hoyas - Sports - The Hoya
Lubick ended up bringing a whole lot more than energy — by the time he sat down he had compiled five rebounds, three assists and two blocks to go along with two points and the crowd gave him a warm ovation in recognition of his strong play. "He made the hustle plays. His effort was very good and we needed it," Thompson III said of Lubick. "At the offensive end [he was] strong with the ball [and] he got us second and third [shots]." St. John's assistant coach Mike Dunlap, who is coaching in place of Lavin during his recovery, was similarly impressed by the Massachusetts native "He's just one of those guys," Dunlap said. "He's a role player who gets the job done."

St. John's falls to No. 12 Georgetown 71-61
But freshman Greg Whittington scored a season-high 12 points, and Nate Lubick had an impressive line of seven points, eight rebounds, five assists and a career-high four blocks for the Hoyas (19-5, 9-4), who shot 61 percent in the second half and moved into sole possession of fourth place in the conference. "What we tried to do is take Clark out of the game, and Thompson," Dunlap said. "And we can't take everybody out."

Lubick: Bouncing back a priority - Georgetown Hoyas - RapidReports
F Nate Lubick said putting together a quality effort after the Hoyas’ loss at Syracuse was key for the team’s mentality. "We needed to bounce back fast -- that’s how you do well in this league. To come back and grit out a big win was important," he said.

No. 12 Georgetown finally puts away St. John's
Squads with a more fragile psyche might have succumbed to a frustrating scenario of missed shots and a scrappy foe refusing to fade despite having only six scholarship players available. The Hoyas mental game – along with their depth, steady defensive presence and timely scoring – won out. "This group doesn’t get rattled," said Georgetown coach John Thompson III after his team’s third straight victory over St. John’s, and seventh consecutive at home.

Lubick comes on strong for Hoyas - Washington Times
Lubick’s outing — seven points, eight rebounds, five assists and four blocked shots — isn’t going to land him on the television highlight shows. Instead, his 27 productive minutes revealed a versatile player Georgetown needs if it is to make a run in next month’s postseason. "He did what he’s supposed to do, and when he does that, we’re pretty good," Clark said. "We’ve got to hone in and focus on everything we’re supposed to do. The biggest thing is defense and playing hard. We’re hard to beat when we do that."

Georgetown vs. St. John’s: Five Hoyas score in double figures in win - The Washington Post
"The key was the kind of threes that they were," Coach John Thompson III said. "We got [the ball] into Otto [Porter], we got it into Nate, and they got it back out, and [the shooter’s] feet were set. They were big" shots.

Hoya Prospectus: Recap: Georgetown 71, St. John's 61
The game was certainly not a thing of beauty, as Jason Clark and D'Angelo Harrsion seemed to be in a contest for who can make a worse three-point shot attempt (clearly won by Harrison) while Karl Hess and John Cahill continually battled for the spotlight in front of the official scorer's table.

Vox Populi " Lubick and Whittington lead Hoyas past St. John’s, 71-61
The Hoyas also lucked out as they held onto their lead, despite shooting just 16-24 from the foul-line, struggling especially with the game still up for grabs in the final two minutes.

St. John's Vs. Georgetown: Hoyas Prevail In Big East Match-Up -
The Hoyas had seven players score at least seven points, but back-up forward Greg Whittington led the team with 12 points off the bench. Jason Clark, Markel Starks and Hollis Thompson each scored in double figures, too, but it was Nate Lubick that made the biggest difference in the box score. Lubick, a sophomore forward, scored seven points, grabbed eight rebounds, dished five assists and added three blocks for good measure while filling up the box score for the Hoyas.

Postgame Quotes -
Senior guard Jason Clark On Nate's performance: "I'm always confident that Nate is coming to play. Today he was terrific on both ends of the court. He did what he's supposed to do, and when he does that we look pretty good."

St. John's Red Storm vs. Georgetown Hoyas - Recap - February 12, 2012 - ESPN
Whittington was also there to step up. He hit double figures for the first time as a college player with a 3-pointer that pushed the lead to six with 5:41 remaining. Also playing a big role was Nate Lubick, who blocked Harkless' shot at one end, then set up a three-point play by Clark to give the Hoyas a nine-point lead.

Better effort, similar result: St. John's loses 71-61 at Georgetown - Rumble In The Garden
Rebounding improved in the second half. For the first time in three quarters against the Hoyas, St. John's battled for missed shots. Granted, Georgetown only missed 8 shots from the field (and 6 free throws), but the Red Storm's ability to battle for toss up balls looked greatly improved.