Considering the amount of time Georgetown spent at the stripe on Saturday, it was only appropriate that the game would be decided by free throws. And considering how the Hoyas had shot the ball from the field, they were fortunate not to have to deal with any defenders.
The iPhone might be the most popular video game system of all time. It almost definitely is when lumped in with the iPad and iTouch—Apple had sold 250 million of its iOS devices in October of last year, a total that has surely skyrocketed after the holidays. To put that in perspective, the PlayStation 2, the best-selling traditional video game console of all time, barely surpassed 150 million units sold in its lifetime.
The Georgetown men’s basketball team returns home this week to face Rutgers on Saturday. While no coach would scoff at sweeping such a quick turnaround, Head Coach John Thompson III wants more from his team as the gauntlet that is Big East conference play rumbles on.
Just two days after needing a last-second three-point to escape Alabama with a win, Georgetown made sure it would need no late-game heroics in its first game back home. The Hoyas (7-1) routed NJIT (3-4) 84-44, taking advantage of opening runs in each period to keep the Highlanders from ever being competitive.
To say that people were expecting a down year from the Georgetown men’s basketball team before the start of the season may be an understatement. The Hoyas were picked to finish tenth in the Big East in a poll of the conference’s coaches, their lowest ranking since the conference expanded to 16 teams in 2005.
It took longer than expected, but Jason Clark scored his 1,000th career point Monday night. It also took the Hoyas (5-1) longer than they expected, but they eventually pulled away from IUPUI (2-5) to capture an 81-58 victory.
This year’s men’s basketball recruiting class got a leg up on the nation’s other freshmen by playing several exhibitions in China during the summer. Now, as the Hoyas prepare to traverse the Pacific once again, the readiness of the freshmen may determine whether the trip is a success. Georgetown (2-0) will travel to Hawaii over the weekend to play in the Maui Invitational. The Hoyas will play three games in three days, the first against No. 12 Kansas on Monday.
Georgetown and Savannah State are basketball programs with vastly different legacies, resources, and expectations, but on the court, the only difference that mattered was a basic one—height. The Tigers, who’s tallest player is 6-foot-8, simply couldn’t match up with the Hoyas, especially senior center Henry Sims, who led Georgetown to an 83-54 victory.