WASHINGTON, D.C.–The Georgetown Hoyas rolled to a 5-0 start, dispatching the University of Maine Black Bears easily 76-55 at Capital One Arena.
The Hoyas returned home from Richmond following their first and only road trip of the non-conference schedule, winners against the Spiders, 82-76. The fourth victory of the season was easily their closest game of the young season.
The Hoyas definitely appeared to have built off their previous narrow road win early, as they opened the game on an 11-2 run in the first 4 minutes. Once they got up double figures in the 1st half, they never looked back.
The Hoyas lead by between 10-20 points the rest of the night, but started the 2nd half on a bit of a slump, scoring only 2 points in the first 4 minutes but managed to right the ship after the under-16 timeout. With 8 minutes left in the game, the Hoyas took at 62-44 lead on a Jahvon Blair 3-pointer putting their lead back up to 18. Sttill the Hoyas stayed aggressive and went on to win by a final of 76-55.
Kaleb Johnson lead the Hoyas in scoring with 18 points while Jesse Govan chipped in 16 points to go with 8 rebounds. Marcus Derrickson (12) Jahvon Blair (11) and Johnathan Mulmore (10) rounded out the five Georgetown players in double figures scoring. Kaleb Johnson said after the game of the team’s play “I think its a great thing…I think it shows unselfishness as a team” He went on to say “I think it’s great to have five different players in double figures…to be able to spread the wealth around.” The Hoyas shot 22-29 (75.9%) from the charity stripe tonight, making up for they dismal 4-18 (22.2%) from deep. Early freshman contributor Jamorko Pickett struggled against Maine, going 0-5, scoring only a single point, but contributed 4 rebounds and 3 assists in the win. He will look to bounce back against Coppin State on Sunday and get back his early collegiate success. Despite the 21-point victory, head coach Patrick Ewing was “disappointed” with his team’s effort against Maine. Jesse Govan agreed that the team “came out lackadaisical” early in the game and it’s “something (they) need to work on” going forward in the season.
The Hoyas improve to 5-0 on the season and Patrick Ewing sees a 5-0 start to his head coaching career. However, it is a lightly tested 5-0. Georgetown’s next 3 games (home for Coppin State, Howard and North Carolina….A&T) are winnable, setting them up to be 8-0 when they meet their first big time test when they host Syracuse on December 7. The game against the Orange will be a good barometer of where the Hoyas really sit compared to the tougher competition.
As untested as this 5-0 start is, you can only win the games on your schedule, and so far the Hoyas have done just that.