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Friday, February 02, 2007

An Interesting Game for the Hoyas

I have to say, I was worried. With about 4 minutes left in the first half of last-night's contest against St. John's the Hoyas looked horrible. We were lethargic, we were sloppy, we were down by seven. If not for Jeff Green scoring 11 of our first 19 points it wouldn't have been that close. Then our guys started playing. Summers hit a three, Jeff made two free throws, and Wallace and Sapp each hit threes to close the half on an 11-2 run.

In the second half we were a completely different team. We shot over 70 percent. We locked down on defense. We turned that 11-2 run into a 30-4 run. The Johnnies basically gave up, and it ended as a blow out.

But the story of the game was Jeff. He finally played agressive and he finally looked good. I guess he must have felt some pressure after Roy had a career night against Cincinnati. So he went out and did the same. Jeff had a career high 24 points. But in true Jeff Green fashion he really did everything. A quick glance at the stats for the game leaders in last night's contest tells the whole story:

Georgetown St. John's
Points J. Green 24 A. Patterson 16
Rebounds J. Green 8 A. Patterson 8
Assists J. Green 4 A. Mason Jr. 4
Steals J. Green 2 E. Lawrence 3
Blocks R. Hibberts 3 A. Mason Jr. 1

On to Lousiville. This game will be our biggest challenge in quite awhile. The Cardinals are one of the hottest teams in the conference and are tied with the Hoyas for second place in the Big East. If we plan on making any real noise this season it starts with going into Lousiville and stealing one from them at home.

1 comment:

Diamond_Mike said...

I thought the first half might have been our worst performance of the year. I didn't see DePaul but it seemed like what happened there. The back to back threes at the end of the half were huge and gave us a big boost. In the second half, we played our game. I was pleased overall with the performance; that said, we cannot afford 15 minute lapses like this when we head into Pitinoland. I'm not convinced that L-ville is that formidable of an opponent; their wins over the likes of Syracuse and UConn are no longer impressive and they were blown out by Notre Dame and Marquette. But, clearly, they are a cut above our recent opponents. If we play a tough, focused game from start to finish, we win.