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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Memories of a long brotherhood tempered in common struggle
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Markel Starks
Georgetown's latest tussle with a mid-major ended with another tight finish, but also the Hoyas fifth straight win, 61-55 over Colgate.
Georgetown's D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera continues knocking down 3's for the Hoyas. Colgate's entire team is doing the same and at a national-leading clip.
Defensively strong throughout against High Point throughout, Georgetown's offense dominated the second half for an 80-45 win.
Georgetown (4-2) hosts High Point Thursday night and hopes its overall wayward 3-point shooting shows as well.
Heading into Georgetown's Saturday home game against Lipscomb, senior Markel Starks opens up on mid-major woes, forging an identity and Joshua Smith's sizable role.
Georgetown starts a four-game homestand on Saturday, providing a chance for coach John Thompson III fine tune his schemes and rotations.
This week's look around the DMV includes collective 3-point shooting prowess by GW and Georgetown's D'Vauntes Smith Rivera's when the Hoyas needed it most.
The Rams outran the Hoyas in their previous meeting in the 2011 when they blew out Georgetown in the second round of the NCAA tournament on their way to the Final Four. It was close throughout this time around.
D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera had 26 points and Georgetown fought off Virginia Commonwealth in the second half to hang on for an 84-80 victory in the fifth-place game of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
Downed by Northeastern's zone on Thursday, Georgetown's offense sliced up Kansas State's man defense for a 90-63 win on Friday at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off
Georgetown's offense disappeared after halftime as did its hopes of winning the Puerto Rico Tip-Off following a 63-56 loss to Northeastern. Analysis here.
We look at Georgetown's potential run through this week's tournament. The field includes Kansas State, Michigan, VCU and Northeastern, the Hoyas opening foe.
Maurice Creek dazzles from distance for GW while strong backcourt play led to wins for Georgetown and American.
Over the last four years, coach John Thompson III and Georgetown have won a grand total of one NCAA tournament game. The latest early exit came against No. 15 seed Florida Gulf Coast last season, a key motivator for the Hoyas this season.
In a perfect world, defense wins championships. But when the second-seeded Hoyas began their NCAA tournament quest Friday night, defense failed them in a 78-68, upset loss to 15th-seeded Florida Gulf Coast.
As a unit, I think we collectively understood that," said Starks about the team's instant energy starting the second half. "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."
"The ball just went in," Starks said. "I really honestly couldn't tell you. I've been getting up extra reps. Before the ball just wasn't going in, but tonight obviously it went in."