Regardless of the fact that Georgetown has held its last two opponents below 50 points, coach John Thompson III said he’s still not satisfied with his team’s performance.
The No. 19 Hoyas have a good chance of holding another opponent to a paltry total when they look to win their third straight Monday against Savannah State.
Since giving up a season-high 90 points in a loss to then-No. 12 Tennessee on Nov. 28, Georgetown (5-1) has shut down its next two opponents. The Hoyas beat Maryland 75-48 on Nov. 30, holding the Terps to 31.6 percent shooting. On Saturday, they then had another strong defensive performance in a 73-49 win over American University, limiting the Eagles to 12 first-half points and 34.6 percent shooting for the game.
“It’s hard to come out of a half where they scored 12 points and be upset,” Thompson said, “but I was.”
Georgetown began the game on a 13-0 run and held American to 20.0 percent shooting in the first half while forcing 12 turnovers in the first 20 minutes. For the season, the Hoyas are holding opponents to 34.4 percent shooting, but Thompson isn’t satisfied, especially since after Monday, his team plays four of its next six against teams in the Top 25.
“Particularly this time of year, it’s not about the opponent, it’s not about the score. It’s us trying to prepare, us trying to get better,” Thompson said. “Regardless of what the numbers were, regardless of what the score is, I’m a little disappointed in how we played today.”
Offensively, Georgetown was solid as Chris Wright scored a career-high 22 points while DaJuan Summers and Jessie Sapp each added 14. The Hoyas shot a season-high 58.5 percent from the field and connected on 10 of their 20 3-point attempts, but even with that, Thompson wasn’t happy.
“I think at both ends of the floor we didn’t get a lot of the looks we typically do or typically get,” he said. “We have to continue to focus on how we execute, what we are looking for at both ends of the floor. … The flow was not there today.”
The Hoyas figure to have another easy game Monday against a Savannah State (5-3) team that has dropped all three road games, including a 55-37 loss to Saint Louis on Saturday.
The Tigers shot a season-low 31.3 percent from the field and were held to 13 points in the first half, including five in the first 13 minutes. Raye Bailey scored a team-high 17 points, but no other Tiger scored more than five points.
Savannah State scored its fewest points since it was held to 25 against Kansas State on Jan. 7.
The Tigers are coached by Horace Broadnax, who played for Georgetown from 1982-86.
This is the second meeting between the teams. Georgetown won 78-49 on Dec. 21, 2005.