Move On Up Hoyas!
The Hoyas were just too hot too handle today as they ran down Butler in great Hoyas guard play. Every game is on full throttle. The games are played with great sense of urgency. Hoyanation, it's great to see our team develop as the season goes on. It seems the Hoyas have many leaders not just one or two. All are leaders in their own way. Senior leadership is leading the way for Gtown. Markel Starks poured in (19 pts, 7 assts) play as true as a point guard could play. No turnovers! Awesome Markel! With the Hoyas struggling midway through the first half Starks realized something. "The Hoyas said, ''Enough is enough,'' according to Markel Starks. ''It was like, we do have a game today. It's a
`Gray Out.' We've gotta come ready to play. ''And then coach kind of looked at me like, `C'mon, man, let's go.'' The senior played 40 minutes today, but seems to be handling his minutes in dramatic fashion. When asked the question about Starks being tired, "Markel Starks doesn't get tired,'' Thompson said.
Super sophomore guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera was right behind in scoring (18 pts, 5 rebs) and dazzling the crowd and finding his way into the paint. He was very effective in doing this.''I think the guys, they understand what we're looking for, they're not forcing anything,'' Georgetown coach John Thompson III said. ''We understand, this group - we can't turn the ball over, we have to get to the foul line.''
Despite missing all six of their shots from 3-point range in the second half, the Hoyas managed to extend their advantage on the scoreboard by converting 14-of-17 attempts at the charity stripe. The Hoyas scored 12 points off of the Bulldogs' 11 turnovers.
Butler coach Brandon Miller has this to say about his team and the Hoyas. ''It was our defense, we couldn't get a stop,'' Butler coach Brandon Miller said. ''In the second half they got the ball to the paint and stepped up and made shots.
''Georgetown has one of the best backcourts in the Big East.'' Thanks coach Miller.Junior guard lockdown specialist Jabril Trawick (8 pts, 6 rebs, and 2 assts)came off of the bench and had an immediate impact on defense causing a quick turnover for his team. Senior redshirt Aaron Bowen (8 pts, 1 reb, 2 stls) continues be a factor and leader off of the bench always on the prowl on defense. One three pointer Bowen shot was so graceful, the shot just hung in the air and everything went silent then BOOM!
The Hoyas guards dazzled the crowd playing in attack mode and finding ways to get inside the paint at will. This is becoming second nature at the right time. One would have to salute this stellar tough and smart guard play. Totally amazing to see. Junior starting center/forward Mikael Hopkins (4 pts, 6 rebs) got in early foul trouble and had to sit, (only played 13 minutes),but his teammates had has back and wouldn't let Butler take advantage of his non presence in the game. Senior forward leader Nate Lubick's (10 pts, 9 rebs, 2 assts, 2 stls, 1 blk) determination was stellar once again.
Great effort today by the Hoyas as they shot 13-29, 44%, and Butler shot 10-30, 33% at the half. The Hoyas had only 7 turnovers for today. Both teams had 28 rebounds.Key stat, Hoyas had 14 assists, Bulter only 8. For the game the Hoyas shot 27-55, 49%, Butler shot 21-50, 42%. Most of the Hoyas points were inside the perimeter. GREAT DEFENSE! GREAT COMMUNICATION! I love this!
Hoyas defensive photo's below courtesy USA Today:
I'm seeing a great team play great team basketball. This is an amazing sight to see. Know my history of the game of basketball this team reminds of a team that won the first World Professional Basketball Champion in 1939, and this team was the named the click here>>The New York Rens The legendary coach John Wooden once said, , “To this day, I have never seen a team play better team basketball,” said legendary coach and Hall of Fame member John Wooden – who faced the barnstorming Rens often during the mid-1930s while a player with the Indianapolis Kautskys and other all-white pro basketball teams in Indiana – in a USA Today interview in 2000. “They had great athletes, but they weren’t as impressive as their team play. The way they handled and passed the ball was just amazing to me then, and I believe it would be today.”