Your Georgetown Hoyas (1-0) took down the lowly Le Moyne Dolphins and Hoyas fans got a glimpse at some of what Ed Cooley and his gang are trying to do with the athletes wearing blue and
gray white. They saw sharing the ball, reasonable rotations, hustle, a fun breakaway alley-oop and ... three players earning wrestling belts in a rarely seen Georgetown locker room! What a night.
With Cooley’s press conference, he (along with Supreme Cook and Dontrez Styles) emphasized a few keys including:
- players will know their roles and the strategy fits them, not them fitting a system,
- playing with pace is important based on their size and lineups right now,
- his teams endeavor to always be physical and unselfish because that’s what competing in the BIG EAST requires today,
- ball movement is fundamental and he thinks this will be a good perimeter shooting team, and
- going out of his way to point out Wayne Bristol’s hustle plays.
Cooley, of course, thanked the students and fans for a great atmosphere on opening night.
Georgetown Head Coach Ed Cooley: “Our students, our supporters, ticket holders — they need to know how much we appreciate them and how much we need them, and we feed off of them a lot.”— The Hoya Sports (@thehoyasports) November 8, 2023
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“Once I got to the game, I was OK,” Cooley said. “What was different was leaving the Thompson Center (on Georgetown’s campus). The traffic to get here. ... The anxiety leading up to it: How will our men perform? It was very emotional, to be honest with you. Very, very emotional.”
Cook arrived at Georgetown following three seasons at Fairfield, where he started 73 games and totaled 910 points and 680 rebounds. Cook made 8 of 9 shots against Le Moyne. Styles spent two seasons at North Carolina, averaging 1.8 points and 1.3 rebounds per game.
Jay Heath also scored 15 points for Georgetown. Rowan Brumbaugh added 13 points, Drew Fielder scored 11 points and Jayden Epps had a team-high 11 assists. The Hoyas finished with a 52-29 edge on the glass, with Wayne Bristol Jr. grabbing 10 rebounds.
Georgetown opened an early 20-7 lead and pushed it to 47-23 at halftime.
The Hoyas led for all but 45 seconds and outshot the Dolphins 57.8 percent to 32.3 percent. Georgetown overpowered Le Moyne near the rim, outrebounding the Dolphins 52-29 and owning a 50-22 advantage in points in the paint.
Cook scored 14 of his points in the second half as the Hoyas built on their 24-point halftime cushion. His layup at the 13:31 mark gave Georgetown its first 30-point lead at 61-30.
The Hoyas spread the ball effectively in the game’s early stages. Six different scorers supplied Georgetown’s first seven baskets. Styles’ and-one grew the Hoyas’ lead to 20-7 at the 11-minute mark in the first half.
The historical moment for the Dolphins’ program was commemorated pregame, with Le Moyne President Linda LeMura presented with a game-ball prior to tip-off.
The Dolphins roster features nine transfers out of thirteen scholarship spots - meaning many of their players were not guaranteed a Division-I spot during their recruitment process with Le Moyne.
Senior Kayeim Cleary led the Dolphins with eleven points, 7 rebounds, and one assist. West Genesee High School alum Luke Sutherland also grabbed nine points and three rebounds.
Ed Cooley coached his first game at historic Georgetown on Tuesday night to open the 2023-24 season. Cooley said over the summer he had long wanted the opportunity to coach Georgetown, and finally got it.
The Hoyas took on Le Moyne to open the season and attempt to find a rhythm. Find a rhythm they did, winning by a final score of 94-57.
The Hoyas had five players contribute more than double digit scoring. Two of which finished with a double double. Supreme Cook and Dontrez Styles. Cook finished with 19 and 13, while Styles dropped 15 and 10.
The three other players with double digits include, Rowan Brumbaugh with 13 points, Drew Fielder with 11, and Jay Heath with 15.
Georgetown Postgame: Cooley's successful debut https://t.co/RUuCFHKHIQ— Capitol Dome Sports (@CapDomeSports) November 8, 2023
The Hoyas looked significantly better in game one under Ed Cooley than they did in any game last season under former coach Patrick Ewing.
A season ago, Georgetown averaged just under 12 assists per game as a team. On Tuesday night, they had 23 on 37 made shots, including 11 from Illinois transfer Jayden Epps.
The Hoyas outrebounded the Dolphins 52-29 and dominated inside, outscoring Le Moyne 50-22 in the paint.
Georgetown had two players finish with double-doubles in the game and five players finish in double-figures on the scoresheet.
Fairfield transfer Supreme Cook led all scorers in his Georgetown debut with 19 points on 8-9 shooting, hauling in 13 rebounds with 2 steals and a block as well.
It's college hoops season, and new Georgetown bench boss Ed Cooley joined The Junks today to preview the Hoyas' '23-24 campaign! https://t.co/Eo7Zaij2Qg— The Team 980 (@team980) November 8, 2023
HAPPY SEASON 50!!!!! Hoya Saxa!! https://t.co/yySZI75Xng— Pam Chvotkin, Storyteller (@reddusfoximus) November 7, 2023