Seton Hall women's basketball coach Tony Bozzella's halftime show appearance on WSOU may have been only highlight of men's game tonight, as Pirates fell to Georgetown 86-67 at Prudential Center. (Photo courtesy of Jaden Daly)
In a game of three runs, Georgetown opened up a 27-7 lead to start the night, only for Seton Hall to tie it at 44 before the Hoyas ripped off a 42-23 spurt to close out an 86-67 win over the Pirates at the Prudential Center. Here's a look at the final numbers:
Possessions: Georgetown 70, Seton Hall 70
Offensive Efficiency: Georgetown 123, Seton Hall 96
The Four Factors:
eFG%: Georgetown 59, Seton Hall 46
FT Rate: Seton Hall 60, Georgetown 30
OREB%: Seton Hall 36, Georgetown 26
TO Rate: Seton Hall 21, Georgetown 14
What Georgetown did well: A number of things. First, the Hoyas were smart in their shot selection, something the Princeton-educated mind of John Thompson III will no doubt be satisfied with even though his team let their large cushion evaporate before slamming the accelerator. In addition, Georgetown took care of the basketball exceptionally well with their 14 percent turnover rate, and enabled their transition defense to set the tone early and often. All told, the Hoyas scored 27 points off 15 Seton Hall turnovers, including 13 points on five Pirate miscues in the opening minutes, prompting Kevin Willard to call two timeouts just six minutes and change into the contest.
What Seton Hall did well: Draw fouls against a physical Georgetown front line, including four each on forwards Joshua Smith and Mikael Hopkins. However, the Pirates failed to capitalize on the potential for free points, only converting 19 of their 31 attempts. On a more positive note, Angel Delgado continued his surge toward Rookie of the Year honors in the Big East, posting yet another DeJuan Blair-esque stat line of 12 points and 15 rebounds.
Scoring and Efficiency Leaders:
Georgetown: D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera, (23 points, OE .563) Isaac Copeland (20 points, OE .750)
Seton Hall: Sterling Gibbs, (17 points, OE .467) Angel Delgado (12 points, OE 1.000)
With the win, Georgetown moves to 16-8 overall and 8-5 in the Big East, while the Seton Hall loss drops the Pirates to 15-9 on the year, and a 5-7 record in conference play that is spiraling downward entering a crucial three-game road trip that begins this Saturday in Providence.
"We can't let a bad defensive possession turn into a bad offensive possession, or vice versa." - Georgetown head coach John Thompson III
"I just thought, for this game, that was the best thing for this team." - Thompson on starting freshman Isaac Copeland
"I knew it was going to be one of those games where we would have to figure it out." Thompson on what he expected from Seton Hall
"Going into the game, I knew I was going to start, so I wanted to make up for the last game, and just be aggressive." - Georgetown forward Isaac Copeland, who posted 20 points and eight rebounds
"Isaac played like a man today. That's the way we need him to play the rest of the season." - Georgetown guard D'Vauntes Smith Rivera on Copeland
"Here in this league, someone has to be No. 1 and someone has to be (No.) 10. Once you get on the court, the difference is minuscule." - Thompson on parity in the Big East
"We did some good things, but again, we let a couple of little things morph into a big problem. It's really deflating us when we give up easy baskets. They've got to learn that you can't let things get out of hand. We''ve done that twice now. It's easy when things are going well. It's tough to coach when things are not going well." - Seton Hall head coach Kevin Willard
"I'm not going to talk about that." - Willard on perceived team chemistry issues