The excitement was surely in the air for the Hoyas (1-0) first game of the 2011-2012 season with a convincing win against Mid Eastern Atlantic Conference's Savannah State University Tigers (0-1) 83-54. Hoya senior C Henry Sims had a career high (19 pts. 5 assists, 3 blocks, 6 rebounds 9-11 fgm). He led all scorers. Starters combined for 57 point, bench 26 points. Both freshmen forwards Otto Porter (9 pts.) and Greg Whittington (8 pts.) played a solid game.
The Hoyas outrebounded the Tigers 33-22. Assists Hoyas 22, Tigers 12. Shooting percentages for the Hoyas was 66.7% , Tigers 34%. All of Georgetown players got a chance to play. Definitely glad the Hoyas didn't soley rely on the three ball.
Great attack and defend mode. 10 blocks for the Hoyas! Great "team" effort today! “I thought they did very, very well, Thompson said. “Greg has to get more rebounds, but they all do things. They all defend. All can make shots. They give you different things, not about just putting the ball in the basket. I thought both Otto and Greg were very good today. Otto ended up with a full stat line, including a couple of blocks.”
I was in top form cheering my Hoyas on to victory. Definitely a pleasure to see the Hoyas back in action. The sense of urgency, determination, team bond and chemistry were there. Communication and playing unselfish were also key. Sophomore point guard Markel Starks was called for his second foul midway through the first half, and he had to sit.
Senior guard Jason Clark picked up the slack at the point guard position and the Hoyas never missed a beat for the remainder of the first half. Starks was ready in the second half - Coach John Thompson III praised the sophomore’s second half effort. “One of the keys was Markel’s on-ball defense,” he said. “He picked up his intensity in the second half.”
WE ARE GEORGETOWN!