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The Morning After: Elon

What the media is saying about the Hoyas

Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Elon gives Hoyas fits in loss - Elon Sports - The Times News
“They were in a rhythm offensively so we switched to zone,” Thompson said. “And our zone was better than our man. It slowed them down a little bit.” Slow down the Phoenix it did. Elon was unable to adjust to the aggressive defense, and it showed in the decreased 3-point number. Elon had 12 attempts from 3-point range in the half out of their 28 shots, though Matheny would decrease the ratio in hindsight.

Elon’s aggressive start falls short against Hoyas | The Pendulum
“That’s a tournament team,” Georgetown head coach John Thompson III said after the game. “We knew that it would be a tough game, we would have to play well to have a chance to win it.”

Georgetown vs. Elon: Hoyas shake off sloppy first half in 85-76 victory - The Washington Post
Georgetown boasted the NCAA championship credentials, superior size, greater athleticism and the home-court advantage to boot. But squared off against a mid-major opponent stocked with unselfish sharp-shooters who attacked the boards with an underdog’s fury, the Hoyas found themselves in a battle Tuesday at Verizon Center.

Hoyas finish exams, test offensive execution versus Elon | Comcast SportsNet Washington
"The past 10 days have been difficult because they've been in exams," Thompson said on Monday as he and players with the media at McDonough Arena. "I think today was the first day that everybody was in practice because of exams and study groups and papers."

Post-Game Quotes - MBB vs. Elon - Georgetown University Official Athletic Site
Georgetown Men's Basketball Head Coach John Thompson III On getting the ball inside during the second half... It was very important. Once we got Josh going a little bit, everything was easier. Not to say it was ever easy, but it was easier. (Elon) is a very good team. They're one of those teams that you put on the schedule and I had a couple of my assistants say, "Coach, do you really want to do that?" We knew it would be a game like this, that's a veteran team, a tough team, a well-coached team that's going to play until the end. They shoot the ball so well, they share the game so well, so we knew we would have to play well to win. They're one of the better shooting teams in the country and they hit eight threes in the first half and in doing that, the ones that they missed, they got a few long rebounds that we had to come up with...I'm glad at the end of the day we had more points than them.

MEN'S BASKETBALL | Hoyas Handle Elon - Sports - The Hoya
tarks addressed what Thompson alluded to: the recent string of early exits in the NCAA tournament. “When we lose focus and break down, that can escalate down the road, especially when you’re talking about the tournament time,” Starks said. “We can’t have that as a collective.”

Georgetown outlasts Elon 85-76 |
When Georgetown coach John Thompson III decided to schedule Elon last summer, his assistants warned him against it. "Do you really want to do that?" they asked. Thompson and his staff figured the Phoenix, who've never played in an NCAA tournament, would give the Hoyas a tough time.

G L I D E H O Y A S: Game Review on Hoyas 85-76 win over the Elon Phoenix
Elon is a smart team, a veteran team. A team that never gave up. Another so called mid-level team that came into the game thinking they could beat the Hoyas. Oh, they believed and their fans did too. It was a great game, a game tough game mentally and physically the Hoyas need before they fly out to Kansas and handle their business. Better guard play, better communication, better point communication will be well needed as always. I'd like to see some good bounce passes in the post from guards and other teammates as well for Gtown.