Nov. 14, 2011
WASHINGTON - Junior forward Hollis Thompson (Los Angeles, Calif./Loyola) scored 19 points and senior guard Jason Clark (Arlington, Va./Bishop O'Connell) added 17 points, all of them in the first half, as the Georgetown men's basketball team opened up a 25-point halftime lead en route to an 86-45 win over UNC Greensboro in front of 7,987 fans at Verizon Center. The game was part of the Mainland Round of the Maui Invitational,
The Hoyas improve to 2-0 this season, while UNC Greensboro falls to 0-2.
It was Georgetown's first win by 40 or more points since beating Savannah State, 100-38, on Dec. 8, 2008. The 45 points were the fewest scored by an opponent since the Hoyas limited Savannah State to 44 (63-44 win) The Tigers shot only 29.6 percent from the floor, the lowest by a Hoya opponent since South Florida shot 27.1 percent during a 69-49 win on March 10, 2010 during the BIG EAST Tournament.
"I think our guys played hard," Head Coach John Thompson III said. "I do think there was a focus for 40 minutes regardless of who was in and wasn't in. I think they had a focus for 40 minutes which is needed."
Thompson connected on 7-of-10 shots from the floor, including 5-of-6 from three-point land, and grabbed four rebounds to lead the Hoyas, who had 10 players score at least one point.
The Hoyas shot 44.8 percent from the floor (30-67), including a strong second half at 51.5 percent (17-of-33). GU hit 33.3 percent of its three-point field goals (9-of-27) and 77.3 percent of its free throws (17-of-22)
Georgetown jumped out to a 25-point halftime lead, 41-16, thanks to the combined efforts off Thompson and Clark, who combined for 30 points in the first half (Clark 17, Thompson 13).
Leading by 25 points at the half - the largest lead since holding a 57-15 lead over Savannah State (Dec. 8, 2008) - the Hoyas pushed the lead to 31 points, 50-19, on a layup from sophomore guard Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep). A pair of free throws from freshman forward Mikael Hopkins (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha) gave GU a 40-point lead, 67-27, with 12;33 to play and the team took its biggest lead, 84-38, on a Hopkins dunk with 3:51 left in the game.
Georgetown took a 7-0 lead after a three and a layup from Thompson and a layup from Clark. The Spartans missed their first five shots and three turnovers before a basket from Derrell Armstrong put the visitors on the board 3:54 into the game.
Georgetown struggled from the field, but free throws from sophomore forward Nate Lubick (Southborough, Mass./St. Mark's) made it 21-6 with 9:34 to play in the half and the lead was 18 points, 26-8, on a jumper from Clark with 7:13 to play. A pair of free throws from Sims gave the Hoyas a 41-16 lead at the break.
Starks was one of three players in double figures with 11 points. No Georgetown starter played more than 20 minutes (Clark). Senior center Henry Sims (Baltimore, Md./Mount St. Joseph) added eight points and a game-high seven rebounds with three assists, while Lubick added six points and three rebounds.
The Georgetown bench accounted for 110 minutes of a possible 200 minutes played, with five freshmen totaling 93 minutes of action. Hopkins finished with six points and six rebounds, while freshman forward Otto Porter (Sikeston, Mo./Scott Country Central) added five points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals and guard Jabril Trawick (Philadelphia, Pa./Abington Friends) added xi points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Georgetown is off until next Monday, Nov. 21, when the team faces off against No. 12 Kansas in the first round of the Maui Invitational. The game will be shown live on ESPN or ESPN2 and can be heard locally on ESPN 980 AM.