"He will play Tuesday, he's practiced the last couple of days." - JT3 on the status of Tre Campbell who has missed three straight games
Georgetown took care of business Saturday afternoon by defeating Bryant 77-47 in what feels like the longest 2K Classic possible. L.J. Peak scored 20 points - his most since his college debut of 23 - and Marcus Derrickson had the first of what is to be sure many double-doubles with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Isaac Copeland had another solid outing with 13 points and five assists while Reggie Cameron continued to be a presence off the bench with three 3-pointers.
Getting Healthy: With 10:26 left in the first half Paul White checked in for the first time in this young season. The talented point forward played just two minutes in the first half registering a board an assist. White got more run in the second half to finish with 10 minutes. The sophomore failed to scored but he did have a nice block at the rim and picked up another defensive rebound.
"I thought he looked okay, but it's going to take some time," JT3 said about White's return. "I thought he was moving pretty well, but he's going to be fine."
So that's one down, one to go. As you saw above, JT3 feels pretty confident that Tre Campbell will play against Maryland Eastern Shore on Tuesdaynight. Since we never really got an official reason other than ‘illness' as to why Campbell has been out it's difficult to predict his minutes upon his return.
DSR Struggles: Smith-Rivera took a couple of deep 3-pointers early on and never seemed to get back on track as the senior star finished just 3-of-12 from the field which included a 1-of-9 performance from deep. Four of the five starters reached double figures and you'd likely need five guesses to guess that DSR wasn't one of them.
It was one of the worst shooting performances of his career, particularly when taking that many 3-pointers. He's never missed eight 3-pointers in a game before although he has missed seven. He went 0-of-7 against Utah last season in the NCAA Tournament. He also missed seven against St. John's and Florida State but he made seven and four respectively in those outings.
DSR was a slow starter last year from deep so this is nothing to get worried about although it seemed as if his shooting may have impacted other areas as he had just one board. DSR is probably the best rebounding guard in the JT3 era. Georgetown will definitely need more from him next Saturdayagainst Syracuse.
Bench: With White and Campbell soon to return it will be interesting to see how the minutes get distributed going forward because Reggie Cameron has earned his spot on the court. Cameron is filling the role that we all envisioned for him when he was signed out of Hudson Catholic. The junior got up six 3-pointers in 16 minutes, making three of them to lead the Hoyas in that category. Georgetown was just 7-of-29 from deep. Hopefully they are just saving all of their makes for next Saturday.
Starters: Last season JT3 changed his starters from half to half on many occasions but this one the first time he did it this season when he inserted Jessie Govan into the lineup instead of Bradley Hayes. Hayes, who had just two points a the half, ended up with 10 while Govan was held scoreless.
Non Game Observations: The Gatling T-Shirt Gun Guy was in midseason form with a Pilgrim outfit that I'm sure he wore on Thursday to his parents' house. JT3 and Bradley Hayes made the 2015-16 schedule magnet. So if you're keeping track of such things DSR, Peak, and Copeland are on the media Guide while Hayes will be on your fridge for at least a year, possibly longer. Jack the Bulldog struggled a bit to get going on the skateboard this afternoon but picked up the pace on the way back. Must have crushed too much stuffing the other day.