WASHINGTON (AP) — John Thompson III wasn’t happy. His Georgetown Hoyas had upset No. 11 UCLA on Monday and taken No. 1 Indiana into overtime before losing Tuesday. Four days later, the Hoyas were barely ahead of Mount St. Mary’s at halftime.
Georgetown shot 63.6 percent (14 of 22) in the first half but turned the ball over 11 times.
The Hoyas outscored Mount St. Mary’s 22-6 in the final 8 1/2 minutes in a 72-50 win on Saturday.
“In the second half, we picked it up a little bit,” Thompson said.
Mikael Hopkins, who added 13 points, hit a layup to start the second half, and after the Mountaineers’ Xavier Owens scored to make it 36-34, the Hoyas (4-1) scored eight straight — including four points by Hopkins — to lead 44-34.
The second half started off well. Thompson wanted to forget the first half.
“I thought we were just too casual as dribblers and too casual as receivers,” Thompson said. “Once we stopped being too casual out there, it wasn’t as bad.”
“I was really excited how well our team played for about 32 minutes,” Mountaineers coach Jamion Christian said.
Georgetown quickly answered with eight points — four by Porter — to lead 58-44 with 5:13 left and finished the game on that 22-6 run.
“He said: ‘Pick up that intensity.’ As soon as soon we walked into the locker room, we knew we had to come out with more intensity,” Porter said.
After the Hoyas’ heady week, which will likely culminate with their vaulting into the Top 25 on Monday, Thompson knew he’d have a hard job selling his team on the difficulty of playing Mount St. Mary’s.View Entire Story
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