Dec. 6, 2013
Georgetown 80, High Point 45
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Washington, D.C. - Verizon Center
Coach John Thompson III
On High Point's zone and Georgetown's inside-outside game on offense...
That's what we wanted to try to do. We thought they were going to play us a lot of zone and we wanted to try to make a conscious effort of going inside. We had a few different sets and a few different looks that we're working on, but we definitely wanted to go inside.
On the Hoyas first half lull and strong second half play in the last two games...
These teams are here to compete. I think sometimes people think you're going to throw the ball up and all of a sudden the score is going to be 20-to-nothing, but they're here to compete. To that end we did have a stretch where we started off the first half and scored on our first five possessions and then it felt like we didn't score for quite some time. Our execution was not where it needs to be. In the second half I think we were good at both ends of the court to tell you the truth.
On Georgetown's defensive performance...
It was OK. I think our defense in terms of guarding them, man and zone, was OK if not good. Particularly in the first half they had 16 points and 13 of those 16 were either on second chance points or off of our turnovers, so in the first half we let them get too many offensive rebounds and we had too m any unforced turnovers.
On Georgetown's 1-2-2 zone helping control the tempo...
I just didn't want them to come down and have a full shot clock to do what they wanted to do and it gets us going.
On John Caprio's performance...
His coach really hasn't given him the opportunity to be on the court, maybe as much as he should have. I understand the fans are not in our practices every day, but there is nothing that Cap did today that surprise anyone.
Seniors Thomas Bropleh and Jeff Elorriaga scored 18 points apiece as Boise State overwhelmed Carroll College 80-52 Thursday night to add another win to the best start in school history.
Elorriaga scored all of his points from 3-point range, while Bropleh also drained three 3-pointers in recording his season-high point total in just his second start of the season. The duo combined to make all nine of the Broncos' 3-point baskets in the game. Elorriaga made five of his 3-pointers in the first half and was 6-of-10 for the game. He entered the game shooting 64.5 percent from behind the arc, ranking third nationally.
Boise State (8-0) never trailed against its NAIA foe. The Broncos used a 12-0 run to take an 18-3 lead less than 6 minutes into the game, and the Saints never got closer than eight points the rest of the nonconference game.
Boise State played without leading scorer Anthony Drmic. The junior forward, who averages 20.4 points per game, sat out with an undisclosed illness. The Broncos hardly missed him as four players scored in double figures and outrebounded Carroll by a 41-20 margin. Boise State also outscored the Saints 36-12 in the paint.
Ryan Watkins posted his fourth double-double of the season with 12 points and 14 rebounds. Derrick Marks finished with 11 points for the Broncos, who play at No. 3 Kentucky on Tuesday.
Carroll (4-6) was paced by senior forward Dennis Mikelonis, who scored 26 points and grabbed seven rebounds. The Saints did score the first seven points of the second half to pull within 39-31, but Boise State responded with another 12-0 run and Carroll did not get any closer. The Saints turned the ball over 17 times, which led to 28 points for the Broncos.
Senior Guard Markel Starks
On his strong shooting performance tonight...
"The ball just went in. I really honestly couldn't tell you, I've been getting up extra reps. Earlier on the ball just wasn't going in but tonight obviously it went in. But more importantly: defensively tonight I thought we were pretty good. Obviously we have to continue to get better. Coach was being a little bit modest but I thought at times, during certain stretches we were pretty bad, especially during the first half - we just couldn't get into a rhythm - you know those unforced turnovers, but then once we got settled I thought defensively we were pretty good."
On not letting the big guy get down low...
"Obviously we knew that he was a very good player, I think we knew that coming in. Even tonight I thought he was okay at times, but I think that our bigs did a very good job of containing him tonight, making him have tough shots, even on box-outs when he would try to go back and get the rebound, I thought we did a pretty good job on him. I think he gets them going, if he's playing well, they're playing well, by him having an off night, and us creating that off night, they struggled."
On the teams play in the second half...
"As a unit, I think we collectively understood that, you know obviously some words were exchanged in the locker room going into half time, but even still I think the guys kinda knew that we had to snap out of it, we gotta stop the first half is like a drag and then second half okay now they look like the Hoyas, we have to get out of that, I think right from the gate, because we have that ability to start and finish games on a high note, it's not like we don't have the stamina for it, we are a good team and I think that every game we have to get better and better, but once we snapped out of it and came out in the second half I thought we were pretty good."
On whether or not Starks has seen John Caprio get up as high on a block as he did tonight...
"Absolutely, he does it all the time in practice."
High Point Head Coach Scott Cherry
Not a good game for us. But we had some positive signs. We has some young kids, our freshmen, stepped in and did some really good things for us and Tarique Thompson and Perez-Laham, Anthony Lindauer, Cliff Cornish showed some positive signs for us which is good for the future of our program but we could never get going tonight. Give Georgetown a lot of credit. They came out and played really well. Made shots. We tried to play numbers and the numbers worked against us tonight. Give them a lot of credit, they played really, really well. Good basketball team. Big. They outsized us, outweighed us at every position but this will be something that we can learn from and get better at.
Regarding Georgetown's offense versus the zone defense...
Yeah, they started out against Lipscomb shooting the ball really well as well, but I thought we withstood that and still put ourselves in a position to be in striking distance. But then we came out in the second half and just didn't play well in the first four minutes. Gave up some easy baskets, let them shoot 62% in the second half. You can't do that to win. Not on the road. Not against a BIG EAST opponent. Not a team like this. They played really well. Did some really good things against the zone. Shot the ball extremely well from three. But we just have to learn from it and get better.
Regarding Georgetown's defense...
Switched. [They] switched everything we tried to do and with their size, they had a 6'3" or 6'4" guard matched on our bigs and we could never take advantage of it. We tried to but, even when John Brown caught it in the post, they ran three or four guys at him and other guys have to step up and make plays.
We just weren't able to do that and I think we got shook a little bit in the first half. Turned it over. I think we had seven turnovers in the first five, six, seven minutes. Settled down a little bit. Played well defensively enough in the first half to be within striking distance but then in the second half we just didn't get going. We didn't come out of the locker room and do the things that we needed to do.
But defensively they just did a lot of switching on any ball screens or any screens that we did. WE just never took advantage of the mismatches, if you want to call them. Guards matched up to bigs or bigs matched to guards. We were just were never able to take advantage of it.
They got great size so when we drive the ball, we were trying to get our guys to understand that its hard to take shots in the paint with 6'10" and 7-feet guys running at you like that. So we tried to talk about kicking the ball out and dropping it off. I thought we did a better job in the second half but Coach Thompson did us a favor, I think, by going to that 2-3 zone and helping us out a little bit and get some great zone offense work.
Regarding John Brown's frustration...
Yeah. The game is called differently in our league. I'll just put it that way. Some of the things that he does when we step out of conference and some of the things that he does in conference, its some times two different worlds. But he has got to adjust to that. He has got to make the adjustment and play through it. I guess they switched and we weren't able to take advantage in the first half and then in the second half, I thought he started to get going a little bit. Attacking the rim, getting the ball in the paing, facing them up, trying to isolate them a little bit, but we could never get him on track. We have got to get him going in our games. He is our best player and the Preseason Player of the Year.
Regarding Allan Chaney...
Nothing to report right now. Other than that I would rather see him sitting over there in uniform, running around and helping us win. I would guess that it would be soon and I couldn't tell you if it'd be the next day, two, three, a week but there will probably be something coming in the near future once he gets finished with all of his medical evaluations.