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

straight time.

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

second-best mark.

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.