February 2, 2012

This and That: UConn

February 2, 2012 - The nay saying was growing, even amongst the Hoya Nation; fans questioned whether the Georgetown Hoyas could handle a physical frontline, as head coachJohn Thompson III's squad had fallen in defeat to four teams known for their physicality - Kansas, West Virginia, Cincinnati and most recently Saturday's loss to Pitt. With UConn looming last night, some doubted the Hoyas' ability to win.

Well, they were wrong, as the Hoyas downed UConn 58-44before 15,174 Verizon Center fans. Thompson's bunch not only bested the Huskies in the most important metric, score, but outrebounded them as well (37-35) and outshot them by 13.8 percentage points (43.8% to 30%). The Hoyas played well in the effort-led stats, the dirty work.

Junior guard Hollis Thompson led Georgetown with both 18 points and nine rebounds. A pair of seniors, Henry Sims and Jason Clark, followed him with 13 points, four rebounds and 11 points, five rebounds, respectively.

UConn was paced by freshman center Andre Drummond's 18 points and seven caroms. Sophomore swingman Jeremy Lamb finished with 14 points and 6 rebounds.

For a discussion of a topic germane to the game, see below.

Fans will see G'Town, presently ranked ninth nationally and owners of a 17-4 record overall, 7-3 in the BIG EAST, lock horns with South Florida Saturday at Verizon Center, tipping at 11a. Connecticut (14-7, 4-5) hosts Seton Hall, the same day, a contest that begins at noon.

The scheme:

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