The Georgetown Hoyas beat the Samford Bulldogs on Saturday, 99-71. This fifth consecutive win was another team effort, with several leaders in various aspects, but there’s little doubt that Omer Yurtseven and Mac McClung are pacing the team on the scoring front.
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Omer Yurtseven led the Hoyas with his sixth double-double of the season, finishing with a career-high 32 points and career-best 17 rebounds. He hit 15-of-21 shots from the floor and also grabbed eight offensive boards to go along with four blocks. Mac McClung tallied 25 points on 10-of-19 shooting and pulled down a career-high seven rebounds to go along with five assists against zero turnovers...
Georgetown shot 48.7 (38-78) percent from the floor and outrebounded Samford 53-30, including 20 offensive boards. It is the second time this season the Hoyas have grabbed more than 50 rebounds.
Mac McClung scored 25 points with five assists and a career-high seven rebounds for the Hoyas (9-3), who outrebounded the Bulldogs 53-30. Jamorko Pickett had 14 points, Jahvon Blair had 11 with six boards and Terrell Allen made seven assists.
Yurtseven, the 7-foot transfer from N.C. State, led the Hoyas with a career-high 32 points and 17 rebounds for his sixth double-double of the year. McClung had 25 points on 10-of-19 shooting and a career-high seven rebounds that earned applause from Ewing in the team’s postgame news conference.
“We’re not as big of a team as we were before; everyone has to do their part,” Ewing said once he stopped clapping. “It’s not just the bigs. Bigs and smalls, everyone has to rebound.”
.@BobbyBancroft brought up McClung's career-high seven rebounds and Ewing sat back and applauded. McClung then proceeded to physically embody the phrase "aw shucks." I'm shocked he didn't actually say it— Ava Wallace (@avarwallace) December 21, 2019
The best thing about all the defections from Georgetown is that George Muresan’s name appears in a box score now.— Ken Pomeroy (@kenpomeroy) December 21, 2019
Samford took an early 9-8 lead with 15:22 to go in the first half after a three-pointer by Logan Padgett. Georgetown answered with a 12-0 run to take a 20-9 lead with 11:48 to go in the half after three free throws by Jahvon Blair. Georgetown pushed its lead out to 22 points at 40-18, but Samford went on an 11-2 run to cut the lead to 13 points at 42-29, and the Hoyas led, 44-31 at halftime.
The Hoyas started the second half hot, taking a 62-36 lead with 16:06 to go in the contest. Samford fought back to cut the lead to 20 points at 78-58, but Georgetown was able to stretch the lead out to 30 at 94-64 with 3:11 to go in the game.
The Hoyas (9-3) remained unbeaten since dismissing James Akinjo and Josh LeBlanc from the team on Dec. 2. They reached 90 points for the third time this season and posted their fourth consecutive double-digit win. Yurtseven helped Georgetown easily get its latest win by dominating while getting his sixth double-double of the season and 13th of his collegiate career that began at North Carolina State. He shot 15 of 21 the floor and surpassed his previous career high in points of 29...
Let the good times roll— Thompson’s Towel (@ThompsonsTowel) December 22, 2019
The Hoyas kept it rolling with a dominant double digit victory over Samford on Saturday afternoon to bring the win streak up to five straight games.
Check out our full postgame recap here!https://t.co/UPwzKGGlWg
...the difference between the [Hoyas] team’s performances pre- and post-departures is stark. The offense works vastly better. Players feel more confident with their roles on the team. Everything is more coherent and settled. It’s all good — except for the fact that coach Patrick Ewing (as he said after the win over Syracuse) planned for a super up-tempo season waged by 11 rotation pieces, and now has to significantly change how he wants to play. The Hoyas will still run, but they won’t be quite so frenetic. And all along, the big worry, that the season could be significantly derailed by one major injury, will linger.
The Big East has turned it up a notch in December, going 39-8 this month after capping off a perfect 7-0 Saturday. That's how you get in the selection committee's favor. Right now, 9 of the 10 teams in the league have played their way into that being a realistic expectation.— John Fanta (@John_Fanta) December 22, 2019
Much to their delight, and to Kansas’ chagrin, they would find that rabbit to pull out. Collin Gillespie dropped in a layup off a steal, and then Jermaine Samuels hit a clutch 3-pointer with 20 seconds to go. That 3-ball from Samuels propped ‘Nova up 56-55. And despite a scare late, Villanova was able to celebrate a win over top-ranked KU on Saturday afternoon in Philadelphia. The game was nothing if not pretty ugly. Villanova won the game despite shooting 34.9 percent from the field and 24.4 percent from beyond the 3-point arc...
Villanova has certainly played better games, but they will no doubt take this win and run with it as they barrel closer towards conference play.