Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Memphis vs. Hoyas Part II


Pump Me Up Hoyas!
Trouble Funk
D.C. Is Our Playground!

First off, I'm looking at this game as if we haven't played Memphis at all this year. Why? Simple. I have to stay focused on this game. Hey, the Hoyas have a chip on the shoulder, and they have "something to prove." 

In their last meeting the Hoyas (9-1) used their size against Memphis (6-4), setting up senior C Henry Sims in the post on a designed play. Though his man fell down, thanks in part to some contact on the low block, Sims' shot was off the mark. Freshman F Greg Whittington was there, though, and followed with a tip-in to tie the game.

Memphis had the final shot, but was unable to find a good shot. After Joe Jackson dribbled around the perimeter for a moment with time winding down, he found a wide-open Adonis Thomas. Of course, Thomas was open because he was 26-feet from the basket, and his buzzer-beater never had a chance.
After 40 minutes of play, the Hoyas and Tigers headed to overtime in the Maui Invitational with the score tied at 78.

In overtime, Georgetown was able to open up a three-point lead, only to see it disappear as Memphis made a run to take the lead. A Jason Clark three turned out to be the difference, though, as Georgetown sealed the win at the line while holding off the Tigers.

Memphis' last-second three to tie was short, and Georgetown capped its Maui trip with a huge win over the top-10 Tigers. "It was really frustrating, because we didn't play our best ball," Will Barton said. "We regrouped and got ourselves together then we come here in our last game and we just came up short."

"Tonight we made plays as opposed to making mistakes at key points, so hopefully that's growth for this group." - Coach Thompson

Memphis' last game was played Monday night at home against Lipscomb where they shot 56.9 percent for the game (33 of 58) compared to 44.4 percent (28 of 63) for Lipscomb. Both teams took care of the basketball, the Tigers committing nine turnovers, while the Bison had only five.

Senior G Jason Clark welcomed the challenge on Thursday night of finishing the nonconference slate with a talented team like Memphis instead of a lower-tier opponent. “I would definitely have this game last,” he said. “It’s a huge test and games from here on out are going to be like this one.

Jason Clark after first Memphis win this season: We're getting better," Clark said. "I think we responded well after the loss after Kansas. I think everybody's starting to pay a lot more attention to what we need to do on the court."

Twice is Nice! Beat Memphis!

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