Georgetown lead in the first half. Then they didn’t. A slow start was the back-breaker, again, but this time it was after halftime.
At this point in the season, with this record, there’s not much point in looking for tweaks to return the team to December form—a serious change in philosophy is necessary. Perimeter defense is pathetic. Over-help is a staple. Pick-and-rolls equate to and-one layups. Jumpers are settled for and ball-movement is forfeited at first sign of adversity.
Ewing said he would leave the +/- stuff for us but there are some numbers to look at here tonight. (Well it's morning now but whatever)— Bobby Bancroft (@BobbyBancroft) January 29, 2020
Pickett was -17 in 20 mins
Blair was +14 in 25 mins
Wahab was +5 in 10 minutes
Hoyas led by as many as 14 before losing by 5 to Butler
There’s no sense of urgency, even after a week off. Faith in Ewing’s prep and in-game coaching is shaken. Fans wish their hopes weren’t raised last month, because these losses hurt doubly.
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The Bulldogs trailed by 11 at the half but were up by seven 10 minutes later. Then, with 1:29 left and the score tied, Butler scored the final five points of the game.
Senior center Omer Yurtseven led Georgetown with 14 points and 13 rebounds, and sophomore guard Mac McClung had 12 points. But the Hoyas’ top two scorers were inefficient; they combined to shoot 8 for 30 from the field.
“We’ve got to make enough plays if we’re going to win,” Ewing said. “With our ballclub the way we are right now, Mac and Omer have to shoot better than they did tonight. If we’re going to be successful, if we’re going to go to the place where I believe that we can go, those two guys have to do a better job.”
7-10, 4-8, 6-14, 6-11, 8-10, 4-11, 5-6, 2-4... these are the top three-point shooters for each game against Georgetown in Big East play. Conference opponents are 80-207 (38.6%) from three. I don’t believe zone will make them shoot better than that. It’s worth experimentation.— Philadelphia Hoyas (@PhillyHoyas) January 29, 2020
“They were over-helping, so it was just easy to find the shooters and just let them do what they do,” Baldwin said. Georgetown (12-9, 2-6) built its big lead by making 13 of 14 free throw attempts and capitalizing on Butler’s 12 first-half turnovers.
Center Omer Yurtseven led the Hoyas with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Georgetown coach Patrick Ewing was upset that a late block by Baldwin on a Mac McClung layup attempt wasn’t called goaltending, but acknowledged there were bigger problems that contributed to blowing such a big lead.
“We couldn’t make any baskets, they were making them (and) we couldn’t get any stops,” Ewing said. ”We did some good stuff, but we didn’t do enough stuff to be able to come away with the win.”
Throughout an 18-1 run stretching from the end of the first half and into the second, the Hoyas somehow could not find No. 22 in black on the court. Slipping screens, rotating into corners and simply finding the open hole on the perimeter, McDermott continuously found ways to get open against the Hoyas defense.
Entering the game, he was a 40% 3-point shooter. Georgetown knew he was going to be a threat. Yet, possession after possession he was left on an island in the corner of the court. He rarely missed.
“He’s not the focal point of their team but tonight he played a great game,” Georgetown head coach Patrick Ewing said. “We knew that he was a very good shooter. Our goal was to keep him off the 3-point line and we didn’t do a good job of getting that.”.
Georgetown: Defensive Awareness... There are really only two guys on Butler’s team that you absolutely cannot give good looks from three — Jordan Tucker and, more importantly, Sean McDermott. How the Hoyas managed to lose track of McDermott so many times throughout this game is a mystery.
Georgetown has a lot of talent. The Hoyas can pass, shoot, score inside, and rebound, but they have to improve their team defense if they want to climb out of the Big East cellar.
Press Conference (Ewing at 16:49):