Though his team has yet to lose, Georgetown coach John Thompson III knows there’s always room for improvement.
After winning their first two road contests of the season, the fifth-ranked Hoyas return home to face Fairfield on Saturday afternoon.
Georgetown (4-0) overcame a slow start to win 66-48 at Old Dominion on Wednesday, avenging the Hoyas’ loss to the Monarchs early last season. It was Georgetown’s first game since winning 57-48 at Ball State on Nov. 21.
Though the Hoyas continue to be one of the nation’s top defensive teams, allowing 50.3 points per contest, Thompson would like to see more cohesiveness offensively even though his team shot 52.0 percent and had a season-high 20 assists versus Old Dominion.
“Our offense is not fluid yet. Our offense is not smooth by any stretch of the imagination,” said Thompson, whose team averages 66.3 points and is shooting 48.8 percent from the field. “I don’t want to make it seem like our offense was horrible, but it’s not where these guys know we’re going to be.”
Preseason All-American Roy Hibbert, however, has had little trouble improving his play around the basket.
The 7-foot-2 senior is averaging career highs of 16.3 points and 7.8 rebounds for the Hoyas, who look to open with five straight wins for the first time since 2003-04.
Hibbert had 14 points and 10 rebounds in just 24 minutes while trying to contain 6-9 Old Dominion star Gerald Lee, who finished with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Hibbert had seven points during Georgetown’s 20-3 run spanning halftime that broke open the game and prevented the Hoyas from being upset for the second straight season.
“Every game, teams want to try to beat us,” Hibbert said. “It’s their game of the year.”
That will likely be the case with Fairfield (2-4), which is looking to avoid a sixth straight loss to Georgetown. Hibbert has scored 18 points in just 38 minutes overall in the last two meetings with the Stags, and the Hoyas won both by double digits.
Georgetown junior guard Jessie Sapp scored 14 points in last season’s 73-60 win at Fairfield, but enters this matchup looking to bounce back from a poor performance. Sapp, who averages 12.0 points and a team-high 5.3 assists, was held to a season-low seven points Wednesday and committed four turnovers in 23 minutes.
Hibbert and Sapp are the only players with double-figure scoring averages for the Hoyas, who return four starters from last season’s 30-7 team that lost to Ohio State in the national semifinals.
“I think about where this group is going to be and where this group needs to go,” Thompson said. “I just realize we’re going to get a lot better.”
The Hoyas have another chance to impress their coach Saturday against Fairfield, which is allowing opponents to shoot 45.8 percent from the field.
The Stags look to avoid a third straight loss after scoring a season low in a 55-51 loss at St. Francis (N.Y.) on Wednesday. Freshman Yorel Hawkins had 11 points and was the only player in double figures for Fairfield, which was picked to finish sixth in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
Fairfield, which last beat Georgetown during the 1974-75 season, has lost its last 15 games versus ranked opponents.