Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Halftime: Louisville 35, Georgetown 29
By Pat Forde
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Halftime thoughts from Louisville 35, Georgetown 29.
Louisville senior point guard played his best half of the season. Edgar Sosa drove to the basket, shot from the outside and passed deftly to teammates, producing 13 points, six assists -- and, a key stat for the mercurial senior, zero turnovers. Cut out a couple 25-foot 3s and he would have played an ideal half.
The primary recipient of Sosa's passes was forward Reggie Delk, who made three 3s and had 11 points. Delk had not been a big factor in Louisville's three-game winning streak, missing the big upset of Syracuse with an injury and then scoring just 10 total points in wins over Notre Dame and DePaul. But his perimeter shooting is a key element of Louisville's attack, and he had his stroke going in the first half here.
Georgetown has been all Greg Monroe, all the time. He had 12 points, six rebounds, an assist and a block, and got the best of his individual matchup in the paint with Samardo Samuels (five points, three rebounds).
If the Hoyas are going to come back and get this road victory they'll need more from guard Chris Wright. Georgetown is 16-1 when Wright scores in double figures, and at halftime he has zero.
Louisville coach Rick Pitino put a pregame premium on winning the turnover battle with Georgetown. At halftime, advantage Cards: They have committed four turnovers while forcing six. But Georgetown cannot feel too badly about being down six after shooting 37 percent from the field and 29 percent from 3-point range. The Hoyas have hit just 11 of their last 40 threes over the past 2 1/2 games.