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Hoyas Earn Fifth-Straight Win Against NJIT; Clark Honored for 1,000th Career Points
Georgetown had an easy road to their fifth-straight win Dec. 3 when they beat New Jersey Institute of Technology by 40 points.
Though the Hoyas came out with some sloppy defense in the first half and looked a little lazy with the ball at times in the afternoon game at Verizon Center, they picked up the aggression in the second half and capitalized on the Highlanders’ lack of a post game to get the 84-44 win.
The Hoyas held NJIT to 38.5 percent shooting (10-of-26) in the first half, but did an even better job holding them in the second half. NJIT ended the game making only 27.3 percent of their shots, 5-of-29 in the second half, not getting on the board until seven minutes in and not scoring a two-pointer until halfway through the half.
Georgetown ended the game with 47 rebounds and 17 second-chance shots, a product of their length — which was larger than anyone on NJIT’s team — and aggressiveness on the defensive boards in the second half. Though the Hoyas could capitalize on more rebounds on the offensive end, their aggressiveness is progressing as the season goes on.
“I thought we could throw it down in the post to different people,” coach John Thompson III said, “which we didn’t do enough today relative to what we wanted to do going into the game and we were hoping that on our misses, we could get second shots and so we wanted to try and do that.”
Junior Hollis Thompson hit three straight threes to start the game while senior Jason Clark was in double digits by the half’s end. Thompson ended the game with 20 points before being pulled seven minutes into the second half.
Clark earned himself a No. 38 spot on the Hoyas’ all-time scoring list with his 10-point performance. The 6-foot-2 guard broke 1,000 career points in Georgetown’s game against IUPUI Nov. 28 and was honored before Saturday afternoon’s game for being the ninth player under Thompson III to reach the feat.
The Hoyas are coming off a streak of three games in six days, following the Maui Invitational, which included three games on back-to-back-to-back days. Three of those six teams were then in the top 15, and Georgetown is 2-1 against those teams.
“I would rather have been 8-0,” Thompson III said. “I can give the Kenny Rogers, the Gambler song, it’s not the time of year to be happy where you are or unhappy. I think we just have to stay content and keep working. We’re still sitting at the table. So asking me if we’re happy is like asking me to count my money. It’s not about being happy or unhappy, we have to continue to get better.”
The freshmen again were able to get a lot of playing time, taking most of the minutes in the second half. Tyler Adams, who has been used on a limited basis since his recovery from a preseason ankle injury, came out with a bang. His presence, though hard to ignore, was sorely felt in the post by the Highlanders. He tied for a team-high six rebounds and also contributed eight points in just 11 minutes.
Mikael Hopkins was the only freshman in double digits with 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting.
“Today was productive because we were able to get some extended minutes for some guys that we haven’t been able to get extended minutes for,” Thompson III said. “We want to make sure because we’re going to need those guys once we get into conference play. … It’s important to get those guys game reps against someone other than the familiar faces that they’re used to looking at.”