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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Georgetown coach John Thompson III said he didn’t recognize the out of control and at times selfish team that was humbled in an opening-round loss to Northeastern at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off on Thursday.
After a stern talking to, it didn’t take long for the Hoyas to reintroduce themselves.
D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera had 25 points to lead four Georgetown starters in double-figures as the Hoyas overwhelmed Kansas State in a 90-63 victory in the consolation bracket on Friday.
Jabril Trawick added 16 points for the Hoyas (2-2).
“Yesterday was horrible. Horrible,” Thompson said. “I want to make sure that I say that not to take anything away from Northeastern, but we were horrible. We were much better today.”
Thompson didn’t hold his tongue in critiquing his team’s dismal second-half performance against Northeastern. The preparation for Kansas State included all the usual film study, but a sort of heart-to-heart talk as well.
“If you’re asking me if we had a conversation — yes we did,” he said. “I thought our overall attention to detail was much better than yesterday. I thought our willingness to help each other on both ends of the court was better today…I think our mindset was much closer today to where it has to be.”
The Hoyas played much more fluidly in their offensive sets and limited their mistakes as they systematically took the Wildcats out of their game plan to get the ball inside. Georgetown led by as many as 29 and shot 63 percent from the field for the game with 19 assists.
Kansas State (2-3) fell in a 10-0 hole early and never could string together a meaningful run. Thomas Gipson led the Wildcats with 18 points. In his third game back after from injury Gipson got more involved, but again was stunted early because of foul trouble.
In the pregame huddle Wildcats coach Bruce Weber also challenged his team, asking them to let their play show him the kind of team they were.
He said they couldn’t match Georgetown’s energy, though.
“We caught them after a very tough loss and for them and their program I’m sure they were a little extra motivated and they definitely played as well as they could,” Weber said. “We did compete and fight back to get it to 16 and 12 (points) and boom, they get it right back up.
“We’ve got to play better.”
But with the exception of Gipson, he acknowledged that leadership and aggressiveness is still lacking on the floor.
Unlike the majority of teams in the tournament that will use Saturday’s day off to tour San Juan, Weber said they planned to use the day to prep for their final game of the tournament on Sunday.
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