November 13, 2006
This and That - GTown vs Hartford
In This and That, insight, observations, and information on the previous Hoya game are imparted to readers.
All Praise Due to Hartford - The Hawks of Hartford were down four with close to five minutes to play, only to be outscored 11-5 the rest of the way, losing 69-59. As previously reported in HoyaReport.com, Hartford's compacted match up zone was effective, and was successful - as designed - in forcing the Hoya's shooters to hit shots, which by and large, they struggled to do.
Georgetown's third year coach, John Thompson, III on several occasions during his press conference either said or intimated "They played extremely well". He also cautioned those in attendance not to "walk away from this, and not talk about how well they played".
Thompson went on to lament that the Hawks, "particularly in the first half, they got too many open looks. We did not defend the three point line well, at all".
Hartford's Dan Leibovitz, the school's first year coach, commented on the Hoya's size advantage, but more or less put the loss squarely on the shoulders of his team. "We worked so hard to get it (the ball) in the defensive end, and so many times we were in a hurry to push it up, before we really have it" he said, when asked about this team's late game struggles. "We need our seniors to play like seniors, and out young guys who were in there for the first game to grow up quickly. You can't beat a ranked team missing foul shots and turning the ball over. You just can't".
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