The opening night win over Coppin State wasn’t pretty. Saturday’s win over Green Bay really was.
The Phoenix scored exactly 29 points in both the first and second half and only trailed Georgetown by two at halftime.
The Hoyas, however, after scoring 31 in the first 20 minutes scored 61 in the second half. Head coach Patrick Ewing said it was a “total team effort.”
Four Georgetown players finished in double-figures. Primo Spears scored 21, Brandon Murray scored 19, Qudus Wahab 18 and Jordan Riley came off the bench and added 11.
For the majority of the game, only two players came off the bench for Georgetown, Riley and Wayne Bristol. In 16 minutes, Bristol scored 9 points and added 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks.
I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a team shoot better from the field and from three than they do at the free throw line, but Georgetown did that on Saturday, shooting 62% from the field, 57% from three and 53% from the foul line.
The Hoyas will be tough to beat when they shoot 62% from the field. The free throw numbers are concerning, but the Hoyas were 75% from the line in Tuesday’s opener. The season is young, so I won’t raise the alarm on free throw shooting until it costs the Hoyas a game. However, if the numbers stay between 53%-75%, it most certainly will.
Take a deep breath, Georgetown is 2-0 and they looked great against Green Bay. They get a real test on Tuesday when Northwestern visits D.C. The Wildcats are 2-0 as well and have won games by 31 and 17.
Tuesday’s going to be fun.