Rushed Reaction: #3 Georgetown 74, #14 Belmont 59Posted by WCarey on March 16th, 2012
Three Key Takeaways:
- Georgetown is very solid defensively. Whether the Hoyas were playing zone or man, they stifled Belmont’s long-range shooting attack all night, as the Bruins were held to 37% from behind the arc. The success of Georgetown’s defense can definitely be linked to the length the Hoyas have on their roster. Starters Nate Lubick, Otto Porter, Henry Sims, and Hollis Thompson are all at least 6’8″ and each uses their length quite well.
- Jason Clark can be a March star. The senior was outstanding, as he put up 21 points on 9-12 shooting. If Georgetown can get performances like this from Clark as the tournament progresses, there are not many teams that will be able to contain him. Clark also picked up four rebounds and two steals, while playing solid defense on Belmont’s Drew Hanlen.
- Georgetown shook off its last two NCAA Tournament appearances. After consecutive opening game defeats to Ohio and Virginia Commonwealth, Georgetown was able to take advantage of its higher seed and top a team it was favored against. Georgetown will be favored again on Sunday when it plays NC State, so it will be interesting to see if the Hoyas can take care of business again.
Star of the Game. Jason Clark, Georgetown. The senior scored 10 of the team’s first 14 points and paced the team for the remainder of the game. As a senior, Clark had experienced opening game disappointment before, so one would have to credit him for putting past disappointment out of mind and leading his team to victory.
Sights and Sounds. Belmont definitely had the more raucous following. Clad in all red, the Bruins fans stayed into the game until the very end, even when it was known their team was finished. There were not as many Georgetown fans as I had expected, but the ones in attendance made their presence known, especially when the Hoyas began to pull away.
What’s Next? Georgetown will meet North Carolina State on Sunday. The Wolfpack were upset winners (by seeding at least) over San Diego State earlier this afternoon. The Wolfpack were able to top the Aztecs with solid defense and outstanding shooting. With the way Georgetown defended today, it will be interesting to see if NC State can maintain its strong offensive performances.