American U.-Georgetown Preview
After a sloppy performance against one local opponent,
Georgetown is ready to face another.
The 16th-ranked Hoyas return for their first game in a week
Saturday when they try to defeat American University for the eighth
Georgetown (8-1) played its first game as a ranked team last
Saturday and got off to a hot start with the first 17 points before
seeing its lead cut to two in a 62-48 win over Howard. Coach John
Thompson III opted not to call a timeout when the large lead
“They’ve got to figure some things out on their own,” Thompson
said. “We can call a timeout, but I wanted to see who was going to
step up, who was going to talk, who was going to try to make
adjustments on their own.”
The Hoyas shot 32.7 percent for their worst mark in a
non-conference game since a 31.5-percent effort in a 59-53 loss at
Temple on Feb. 14, 2004.
Freshman forward Otto Porter had a team-high 13 points with six
baskets. No other Hoya had more than two field goals.
Jason Clark and Hollis Thompson each scored 12, and they are the
only returning players to get a number of starts last season for
the Hoyas’ young squad.
“This group needs to figure out at certain points of the game,
‘OK, we need to handle this. We need to talk about this. We need to
grow up.’ Because they know … what we should do,” coach Thompson
The poor performance could have been a result of finals week for
the Hoyas, who are still fourth in the Big East in shooting
percentage a 48.3.
“I feel like we missed 10 layups,” coach Thompson said. “Now,
they weren’t your breakaway, wide-open layups. They were contested
American (8-3) had its eight-game win streak snapped with last
Saturday’s 66-61 loss at St. Francis (Pa.), ending its longest run
since a 13-game streak in 2008-09.
The Eagles made 9 of 15 3-pointers in the first half before
making 1 of 8 after the break.
“We prepared our guys coming in that this team played well at
home,” coach Jeff Jones told American’s official website. “The 3
was falling against their 1-3-1 in the first half and I don’t think
they played a single possession of that in the second.”
The Hoyas have employed plenty of 1-2-2 zone while defending the
3-point line well, limiting foes to 27.9 percent for the Big East’s
The Eagles are hoping top scorer Charles Hinkle can recover his
form after he had a season-low 10 points his last time out. Hinkle
averaged 28.0 points over his two previous contests and is among
the nation’s leaders with a 22.2 average.
These Washington schools did not meet between 1987-2006 before
renewing the series in 2007-08. The Hoyas have won the three
meetings since by an average of 26.0 points.
This is the final tuneup for Georgetown before it starts a
difficult stretch with Thursday’s home game against Memphis in
front of the Big East opener Dec. 28 at No. 4 Louisville.