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If sentimentality is not extinct in college athletics, it surely is an endangered species. A wild 36-month (and counting) stretch of conference-hopping saw to that.
Georgetown took a step toward its future Saturday.
In this year of transition for Georgetown, coach John Thompson III has stressed that everyone on the roster is still learning their way, tasked with making sense of new positions, greater responsibilities and increased pressures to perform.
This was the blowout for which Georgetown and its fans have been waiting, although, even in a 36-point victory, there were a few caveats.
Georgetown has played in its fair share of uncomfortably close games during the first eight contests of the season. While the optimist might suggest this kind of trial by fire will prepare the Hoyas for the rigors of the Big East campaign, the pessimist has an eye on another issue.
After going 1-31 last season, Towson retained only three scholarship players and added three transfers from the Big East. The Tigers also put together a schedule that was something — literally — to write home about, opening with 10 straight games on the road.
Standing on the free throw line with 2:39 remaining on Tuesday night, Georgetown junior forward Nate Lubick had no idea he had a chance to set his career-high in points. Neither did coach John Thompson III.
After the offensive nightmare that was its 37-36 victory over Tennessee on Friday, it shouldn't be a surprise that Georgetown wants to get back on the court as quickly as possible. The Hoyas will have their chance Tuesday in the first game of the Jimmy V Classic against Texas at Madison Square Garden.
Staring at the stat sheet, Georgetown basketball coach John Thompson III struggled to think of a game like the one his team played against Tennessee.