Tuesday, November 22, 2011
A closer look: G'town 88, Chaminade 61
By Eamonn Brennan
Overview: Perhaps the only concern for Georgetown here was whether it could avoid a letdown after Monday night's hard-fought loss to Kansas. Never mind all that. The Hoyas' 88-61 win over Chaminade was a straightforward affair, one John Thompson III's team comprehensively controlled.
Turning point: Chaminade did manage to keep things close in the early goings, but Georgetown forwards Hollis Thompson and Otto Porter hit back-to-back 3s at the 13-minute mark, followed by another Thompson jumper, and the Hoyas' 21-13 advantage became a springboard to the gradual expansion of their healthy lead. By halftime, Chaminade's deficit was 45-33, and that was pretty much that.
Why Georgetown won: The Hoyas are way better than Chaminade. That sounds a little simplistic, but really, there are no brilliant insights to be had here. The Hoyas scored early and often, using their size and Princeton system to get easy buckets against the undersized Silverswords, and dominated on the glass when the shots didn't fall.
Why Chaminade lost: A distinct lack of easy shots. The Hoyas' length and active defense -- which gave Kansas all it could handle just 24 hours prior -- made everything difficult for Chaminade, which shot just 43.4 percent from the floor and 34.8 percent from 3.
Star of the game: Jason Clark. This one isn't even close; just check out Clark's line. The Hoyas guard finished with 28 points on 10-of-12 from the field and 6-of-7 from 3, and he added five rebounds and an assist. Even more impressive? Clark played only 24 minutes. He was feeling it.
More observations: JTII appears to have a very promising player in freshman Otto Porter. Porter shone throughout the Kansas tilt, and he was great again Tuesday: 5-for-8 from the field, 6-for-6 from the line, 17 points, seven rebounds. It's still early, but this Georgetown team looks better than anyone expected. Porter is a big reason why.
What’s next: Georgetown's win sets up a rather fantastic final-day consolation bracket matchup with Memphis, which survived a 99-97 double-overtime thriller just before the Hoyas took the floor Tuesday. That game has it all: two young and improving teams, athleticism all over the court, a distinctive clash in styles, all of it. It will be fascinating to see how Memphis handles Georgetown's Princeton offense and zone defenses, which are not totally dissimilar from what Michigan used to frustrate the Tigers on Monday afternoon.
The going won't get any easier for Chaminade, which will face Tennessee -- along with Georgetown, the tournament's surprisingly impressive squad -- in the seventh-place game Wednesday.