The question was amusing enough to cap an 86-70 rout.
Simply put, Chris Wright, just how did yesterday’s 34-point outburst rate over the course of his career at Georgetown.
“I played well,” Wright said nonchalantly.
That’s one way of putting it.
He toppled his career-high in scoring (previously 25 against Syracuse last year). His six steals was also a personal best. He was efficient from the floor, got to the line as needed, grabbed six rebounds (just shy of a career-high) and tossed in four assists for good measure.
The only thing that didn’t look good early was an 0-for-3 line from long range. No matter. He just canned a couple 3-pointers for good measure as the Hoyas (9-1) bounced back from their first loss of the season.
While Greg Monroe keyed the Hoyas’ surge just before halftime and Austin Freeman matched a career-best with 21 points, Wright kept things going to flummox the Crimson (7-3).
“I think he’s a great player, and I thought we could have done a lot better at trying to keeping our chest in front of him, maybe should have pulled back and not challenged him as much,” Harvard coach Tommy Amaker said. “He went by us, but I think they’re a good passing team. He got it on the bounce and the drive, but he was the recipient of some good passes from his teammates. I think he scoring wasn’t just his driving, but his movement without the ball and the passes by his teammates.”
In recent Georgetown history (read: under sixth-year coach John Thompson III), Wright’s outing is the most prolific. Only Jeff Green even managed a 30-point night in that span. The last player to score more than Wright’s 34 was Michael Sweetney (35 against West Virginia in 2003).
The full rundown of the finest scoring days for the Hoyas over the last six seasons (hat tip: Georgetown SID Mex Carey):
34: Chris Wright, Harvard, Dec. 23, 2009
30: Jeff Green, vs. Notre Dame, March 9, 2007 (Big East tournament)
28: Brandon Bowman, Penn State, Dec. 6, 2004
26: Jonathan Wallace, at Syracuse, Feb. 16, 2008
26: Roy Hibbert, Cincinnati, Jan. 27, 2007
26: Brandon Bowman, at South Carolina, March 24, 2005 (NIT)
25: Chris Wright, at Syracuse, Feb. 14, 2009
25: Roy Hibbert, West Virginia, March 14, 2008 (Big East tournament)
25: Brandon Bowman, vs. Notre Dame, March 8, 2006 (Big East tournament)
25: Ashanti Cook, at Oregon, Dec. 3, 2005
25: Brandon Bowman, Seton Hall, Feb. 2, 2005
—- Patrick Stevens