Marquette is one of the better offensive teams in the BIG EAST. They beat No. 1 Villanova. Before that they dropped 102 points on Creighton in victory in Omaha. If you like to live by KenPom stats, they are only behind said Wildcats in offense in the conference.
That being said, after Marquette defeated Georgetown at home back on Dec 28 Golden Eagles guard JuJuan Johnson called the Hoyas effort on defense “lazy”.
“We had some behind closed door motivation for this game because some stuff going around about defense,” said Georgetown’s Rodney Pryor during the post game press conference.
“We really wanted to be attentive going into the game plan the coaches had for us. I think we did a great job of doing that.”
In a reversal from the first game in which Georgetown fell behind 11-0 right from the start, the Hoyas pretty much led wire to wire in this one. Georgetown led for 36 minutes and 59 seconds en route to the 80-62 victory to even up the season series at one game a piece.
In improving to 5-8 in the league, a game behind Marquette, Georgetown held the Golden Eagles to 41 percent shooting for the game and just 21 percent from 3-point distance. The Hoyas also outrebounded Marquette 39-28 and forced 11 turnovers.
With a smaller rotation Georgetown limited Marquette to just 3-of-14 from behind the arc, a big improvement from the 10 3-pointers the Hoyas gave up in Milwaukee.
The perimeter defense that Pryor was apart of held Markus Howard to just 3 points on 1-of-3 shooting, a full 20 points less than last time out. Pryor also managed to post his second double double of the season with 20 points and 10 rebounds.
If Johnson’s comments were the motivation, somebody please give Georgetown some bulletin board material before Next Sunday in Omaha.