No. 16 Hoyas run over American to stay unbeaten
The No. 16 Hoyas defeated
A year ago,
“I think we are a significantly better team this year than we were at the start of the season,” Thompson said. “Hopefully, we keep moving in that direction. We’re getting better.”
The Hoyas were led by
Monroe, the 6-foot-11 sophomore, nearly had his third double-double of the season, but missed six of nine field goal attempts. Sims, a 6-foot-10 sophomore, had his first game in double figures.
“Margin of victory has nothing to do with being ready,” Thompson said. “Are we ready for next week? We’ll see if we’re ready next week?”
Thompson had to be pleased with how the Hoyas played against the Eagles, a team that participated in the last two NCAA tournaments.
“It’s pretty considerable,” Jones said. “We’re just different teams at different cross-sections.”
“I think they have the ability to be really good,” Jones said. “You can’t get too carried away right now, (but) they certainly have the chance to be one of the top teams in the country.”
Wright and Monroe were key participants of last season’s meltdown, and both say they’ve learned from that experience.
“Just be consistent – even keel,” Wright said. “Last year, we got to a point where we got too complacent as a team. We won a few big games, then – last year is a whole nother story.”
“I think it’s about finishing,” Monroe said. “Preparing for the long haul.”
“We weren’t as crisp as we should have been,” Wright said about the first half.
It was the third time the Hoyas held a team to fewer than 50 points.