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View from Press Row: Kente + Pryor = Awesome

@BobbyBancroft

I can’t wait to get this started – Rodney Pryor two days before Georgetown’s season opener

Truer words probably haven’t been spoken at a Georgetown media availability in years as Georgetown grad transfer Rodney Pryor went out and had himself a game for the ages in his Hoyas debut by going for 32 points on an efficient 13 of 16 from the field. The former Robert Morris star missed tying the school record of seven three pointers by one make, had the fifth most points in a half (26) and made the most shots in a game under JT3.

Since JT3 arrived in 2004 only three players have scored more points for the Hoyas in a game than Pryor’s 32 against USC-Upstate. Chris Wright had 34 against Harvard back in 2009 while both Otto Porter and D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera hit the 33 mark in their time at Georgetown.

Fast Start – Yes it was only the first game and yes it was against a team picked to finish last in the Atlantic Sun but if ever a team needed to come out and score 68 first half points, it was this year’s version of the Hoyas. Nothing quite gets that nasty 15-18 taste out of your mouth like shooting 77 percent from the field, including 70 percent from deep. For comparison the Hoyas scored 68 points or fewer nine times last season.

Georgetown hadn’t scored more than 100 points at home since 2010. You know, the blizzard game against No. 2 Villanova when Henry Sims went into the student section.

Born to Run: We’ve heard all summer that with the addition of Pryor, Jagan Mosely, and Jonathan Mulmore that the Hoyas would run and press much more this season and that all came true in game number one. Georgetown forced 26 Spartan turnovers and eight of the ten Hoyas that played in the first half scored en route to that 68 point outburst. USC-Upstate coach Eddie Payne said he would be interested to see how Georgetown’s new style would fare against a more athletic team. Well we don’t have to wait that long as the Terps come to Verizon on Tuesday.

Fathers – During the second half something seemed off on the part of press row closest to the Georgetown bench. There was John Thompson Jr sitting in his usual spot in the wooden chair but he looked off. The reason? He actually looked small sitting next to 7-foot-7 Gheorghe Muresan, former Bullets center and current father of Hoyas walkon George Muresan. Both fathers sat there watching their sons for a few minutes before Muresan moved on to block someone else’s view.

Kente: The voice of the people has been heard as Georgetown’s court in 2016-17 has, in fact, MORE KENTE. I’m not sure how it looked on TV but it looked pretty sweet in person.

Back Together: I’m not exactly sure what the special assistant to the head coach does but I do know that for Hoya fans just seeing Jonathan Wallace on the sidelines has a very calming effect. Having him sit next to Patrick Ewing Jr makes it even better as both players played big parts in the best of times for JT3. Here’s hoping that their time together on the Hoyas staff approaches similar levels.

Surprise Starter: Jagan Mosely cracking the Hoyas starting lineup was a bit of surprise and the freshmen made the most of his opportunity. The former St. Anthony’s star had a solid line of six points on 2-for-2 from the field, six assists, three rebounds, and four steals in just 19 minutes.

Cameron update: Reggie Cameron was the lone Hoya that dressed and didn’t feature but after the game JT3 indicated that the senior was OK.