The Johnnies fall to 7-11 overall (0-5 in the Big East) after tonights 93-73 loss to Georgetown. The Hoyas led by D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (33 points) dominated most of the game as they scored a season-high 93 points. Senior forward Ron Mvouika was held scoreless in the first half but sparked the Johnnies offense in the second half with 15 points. Mvouika's second half effort wasn't enough as the Johnnies lost for the 8th time in a row. The 8 game losing streak is the longest in the basketball program's history.
Limiting D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera
Smith-Rivera, a senior guard from Indianapolis, leads Georgetown in points per game (15.3) and assists per game (4.8). The Johnnies needed to limit Smith-Rivera to have a chance in this game but they could not stop him. Smith-Rivera matched his career high with 33 points tonight, he added to his stat line by grabbing 7 rebounds. Smith-Rivera shot 11/16 from the field including 5/8 from three point range.
No Offensive Rhythm
The Johnnies scored just 28 points in the first half. They couldn't establish any offensive rhythm early in the first half and the Hoyas did a tremendous job of putting on full court pressure after made baskets. Hoyas sped up the Johnnies and forced them into 8 first half turnovers which led to some easy baskets on the other end.The Johnnies couldn't attack the rim due to the Hoyas advantage in size, which in effect made the Johnnies settle for outside jump shots which they didn't make.
Johnnies kept the game close early, the score was 17-13 Hoyas with just under 12 mins left to play in the first half. The Hoyas however went on a 28-11 run during that span which opened up the 17 point lead at half time. Federico Mussini hit two three point shots inside the first 5 minutes of the game, but then was locked down, held scoreless for the next 31 minutes and 30 seconds. The Johnnies established some offensive rhythm in the second half and scored 45 points. However they couldn't get stops on the defensive end as the Hoyas executed their Princeton offense and closed out the game with a 20 point win.
The one positive for the Johnnies was bench scoring. A total of 30 points were scored between Alibegovic (12), Johnson (10), and Ellison (8). This will be important for the Johnnies moving forward because they simply don't have a player who can take over a game and score 30 points on any given night. A combination of balanced scoring from the starters along with solid bench play is needed if the Johnnies want to win their first Big East game and snap the 8 game losing streak.