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The Morning After: VCU vs. Georgetown

What the reporters are saying about the Hoyas

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Georgetown 84, Virginia Commonwealth 80: Hoyas top No. 10 VCU in foul-filled win - The Washington Post
In weathering the defensive onslaught by the attack-minded Rams, the Hoyas proved they’re a far grittier bunch than their opening-round loss to Northeastern suggested. They also exacted a measure of revenge on behalf of the 2010-11 Hoyas squad, which was trounced by VCU in the first round of that season’s NCAA tournament.

Postgame Quotes vs VCU - Georgetown University Official Athletic Site
VCU Coach Shaka Smart: "I want to be careful what I say as it relates to the way the game is officiated, but I will say it is very difficult to continue to play aggressively when all of the sudden the game is called much closer than it had been earlier in the game. So I would that's probably a factor. You've got to give Georgetown credit. They've got two really good guards in (Markel) Starks and (D'Vauntes) Smith-Rivera. They did a nice job down the stretch handling the ball. But I think the foul trouble, getting in the double bonus so early, that's the fastest I've ever seen a team get into the double bonus, ever. It was a combination of things."

Georgetown Hoyas vs. Virginia Commonwealth Rams - Recap - November 24, 2013 - ESPN
Georgetown began its four-day trip to San Juan thinking about a humbling loss after a second-half collapse against Northeastern. But after back-to-back hard-fought wins, the Hoyas are returning home feeling good about the team they can potentially become this season.

G L I D E H O Y A S: Gtown called for 61 fouls overcome 26 turnovers in 84-80 win over VCU
If you can handle VCU's full court havoc pressure you should able to handle anyone's pressure in the land of college hoops. The Hoyas turned the ball too many times in the first half (14).but the score at half was only a one point lead for the the Rams despite the turnover madness from the Hoyas. This win was a great team win.

Georgetown’s strong shooting leads to comeback win against Virginia Commonwealth | CollegeBasketballTalk

From Georgetown’s perspective, this was a much needed bounce back win after losing to Northeastern in the first round of the San Juan Shootout. The emergence of Smith-Rivera adds another dimension to the Georgetown offense and is a welcome sign, especially with someone needing to step up and fill the void Otto Porter left. In the first game of the season against Oregon, Smith-Rivera totaled just five points, but since then he is averaging 22.5 ppg.

Rams limp home after loss to Georgetown - Richmond Times-Dispatch: VCU

The Hoyas used a 22-9 run in the second half to wipe out a seven-point deficit against VCU, which continued to have problems making shots. They secured the game at the foul line in a marathon that lasted 2:41 and tested just about everybody’s tolerance with the crackdown on contact.