December 22, 2012

No. 15/21 Georgetown Tops Men's Basketball, 65-48

Despite just seven turnovers in the game for American, including just a lone offensive lapse in the second half, No. 15/21 Georgetown was able to down the Eagles, 65-48, at the Verizon Center on Saturday afternoon. The Hoyas hit 10 3-pointers in the game, including three from Otto Porter, who tallied a double-double with a game-high 16 points and 13 rebounds. Senior Daniel Munoz led the way for AU with 15 points on 6-of-14 shooting and three 3-pointers.

Georgetown (10-1) was efficient on offense all game, setting up 18 of their 23 field goals with assists, while totaling 26 points in the paint, compared to American's (4-8) 12. The Hoyas were also strong on the boards, grabbing 12 more rebounds than the Eagles. 

"Georgetown makes it very difficult on teams because of their length and the way they close out on shooters, but we need to do a better job of knocking down the looks that we get." Said head coach Jeff Jones. "We do bring some positives out of this game. I thought we stayed with it even while we played a lot of young guys. We did keep fighting." 

Freshman Marko Vasic played his second-straight strong game off the bench for American, finishing with eight points, five rebounds, two 3-pointers and an assist in 28 minutes. Senior Stephen Lumpkins improved his streak of double-digit point games to 11 with 10 points, going 6-of-7 from the charity stripe.

Georgetown's Greg Whittington was the only other player with double-digit points, finishing with 13. Seven Hoyas scored in the game with each registering at least six points.

American led early in the game, 3-2, on trey from Munoz and stayed within four of Georgetown throughout the first five minutes, but the Hoyas began to find their range in the next five, jumping out to a 10-point advantage, 29-19.

It was an eight-point game after lay-in by Vasic with just 5:50 to play in the first half.  Munoz followed it with a nifty pull-up jumper to cut it five but the Hoyas ended the initial stanza on a 10-0 run to close out the frame with a 15-point lead, 40-25. 

Georgetown took control of the game after the break, opening up the second half on an 8-0 run and a 20-9 advantage through the first 10 minutes of the stanza.

The Hoyas took its biggest lead of 26, halfway through the period, but the Eagles did not back down, getting the advantage down to 14 with just over four minutes to play on a 3-pointer by Munoz.  American could not get any closer in the contest however as several attempts from long distanced rimmed out.

Sophomore John Schoof, who leads the Patriot League in minutes played, was limited to just 25 minutes of game action due to foul trouble while guarding Porter, but knocked down two 3-pointers, grabbed two boards and handed out two assists.

American will take a short break for the holiday, but continues its span of seven road games in nine contests when the Eagles take on its second-straight nationally ranked opponent at No. 9/9 Kansas on December 29.