Hoyas Turn Up the Heat at Home

Georgetown Basketball Team Ready to Make a Run

Stacy M. Brown | 12/4/2013, 3 p.m.
It didn't take long for the Georgetown University men's basketball team to get used to some good old fashion home ...
Georgetown's starting five (Courtesy photo)

It didn’t take long for the Georgetown University men’s basketball team to get used to some good old fashion home cooking.

After nearly a month on the road, and a long way from Washington, D.C., the Hoyas returned to the Verizon Center in Northwest and blew out the Bison of Lipscomb University, 70-49, before a sparse, but festive, crowd of more than 8,100.

The victory marked the road-weary Hoyas’ third straight win and the team’s 45th consecutive triumph against non-conference opponents at the Verizon Center dating back to 2006.

The Hoyas began the season by traveling to Seoul, South Korea, where they lost 82-75 to Oregon.

After a brief stop at home where they defeated Ohio’s Wright State, the Hoyas flew to Puerto Rico where they won three straight games, including a Nov. 24 contest against No. 10 ranked Virginia Commonwealth University.

“I think we know what we need to do to win games,” said head coach John Thompson III. “Every shot that the other team gets is a tough, contested shot and then we get the rebound. If we do that, then everything else will fall into place,” said Thompson, 47, the son of the Hoyas legendary former coach, John Thompson.

Junior guard Jabril Trawick enjoyed the team’s return to the District, he said.

The third-year star scored the first two baskets against Lipscomb, a college located in Nashville, Tenn., which sparked a 13-0 Hoyas run to open the second half in the game, played on Saturday, Nov. 30.

“My mindset in the second half was to come out and just bring the energy on both sides of the floor,” said Trawick, 20. “I ended up getting a couple of transition baskets and I actually got some rebounds so I knew that would help keep a lead on Lipscomb.”

Trawick finished with eight points and seven rebounds, but his overall play impressed Thompson.

“He played hard and he got us going and all of a sudden the other guys started to feed off of his aggressiveness and his assertiveness and his energy,” the head coach said.

The Hoyas, who are 4-2 on the young season and have totaled nearly 17,000 miles of air travel already this year, will continue their home stand on Thursday, December 5 with a 9 p.m. game against North Carolina’s High Point University.

The team then tips-off against Colgate on Saturday, Dec. 7 at noon at the Verizon Center before taking 10 days off to prepare for the home stand finale against North Carolina’s Elon University.

“We have to continue to get better. We have to get to the point where the other team can’t score. It is just as simple as that,” Thompson said.

The head coach also appears determined to rid the Hoyas of any potential distractions. Just prior to the game against Lipscomb, Thompson announced that junior forward Greg Whittington had been cut from the team.

The promising 6-foot-8 Whittington hadn’t played for the Hoyas since last season because of academic issues, university officials said.