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By John R. Bolton
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Topic - Nate Lubick
Georgetown, winners of four straight and takers of many exams during Finals, faces Elon on Tuesday. Whether the Hoyas can put together two halves of consistent offense is the question.
The Hoyas once again struggled in the first half, but once again rose up immediately after halftime. Markel Starks scored 21 as Georgetown downed Elon 85-76.
Following a 10-day break, Georgetown wraps up a four-game homestand Tuesday night against an Elon program capable of an upset.
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.
It wasn't enough time for Georgetown coach John Thompson III to reflect. He was not 20 minutes removed from his second-seeded Hoyas' loss to 15th-seeded Florida Gulf Coast, the biggest upset of the NCAA tournament.
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.
Georgetown players said they weren't taking No. 15 seed Florida Gulf Coast lightly. Armed with the memories of last year's upset loss to N.C. State early in the NCAA tournament and a 2010 loss to Ohio, the second-seeded Hoyas figured this time it would have to be different. It wasn't.
The Hoyas seem to be in a better situation than a year ago. Friday they'll open the NCAA tournament at Wells Fargo Center as a No. 2 seed against No. 15 seed Florida Gulf Coast with memories of last year's upset fresh in their minds.
Before his Georgetown Hoyas left for their trip to China in the summer of 2011, coach John Thompson III began to see what he had in Otto Porter Jr.
The coach who almost always measures his words carefully and avoids big-picture statements whenever possible has, in his own way, let it be known that he's expecting more than the usual when his Hoyas, seeded No. 2 in the East, begin the NCAAs with a round of 64 game against Florida Gulf Coast on Friday in Philadelphia.
Georgetown coach John Thompson III usually measures his words carefully and avoids big-picture statements whenever possible.
Porter's breakout performance — 33 points, eight rebounds, five steals while playing all 40 minutes — in Georgetown's final Big East game at the Carrier Dome left no doubt that both the sophomore forward and his team belong near the top.
Porter scored 16 points while playing in foul trouble and Starks hit the biggest shots down the stretch, rallying the Hoyas to their seventh straight win on Friday night, 62-55 over Cincinnati.
Lubick, who entered the game shooting 70 percent (23 of 33) from the field over the previous five games, hit 8 of 10 shots and added 10 rebounds as the Hoyas won their fourth straight and sixth in seven games.
The arrival of the Big East schedule promised to clear up some issues for a Georgetown team whose murky play during the nonconference slate left some wondering about the prognosis for this young group. So far, the results have not been pretty.
"Teams are always going to have specific ways that they play us on the offensive end," said Lubick, who scored a season-high 10 points against Colgate. "For the most part and I think specifically last year we were always really good about not letting people dictate the way we play. [Colgate] did that. They were getting too many offensive rebounds. We were not making the hustle plays or executing on the offensive end."
"We have to use these games in preparation for Kansas," senior forward Nate Lubick said. "We all know that we're playing them in less than a week. These games and every practice is tuning up, fine-tuning everything we need, not just for Kansas, but to get into league play. Being able to focus on the next game is something we've always been pretty good at."