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December 22, 2013

Hoyas suffer and get, run

Decmeber 22, 2013 - Leading 21-15 with more than half of the first stanza to play, Georgetown looked in good standing at Kansas, possibly poised for a quality win versus the 18th ranked team in America. Alas, those thoughts would soon be dashed by KU's subsequent 20-4 run.

The resulting 10 point deficit was carried into intermission and would extend to as much as 24 in the second half after KU freshman Joel Embiid's dunk. In the end Georgetown fell 86-64 at Allen Field House.

Senior Markel Starks led the Hoyas and game with 19 points, playing all but one minute. Kansas frontcourt stalwarts Embiid and senior transfer Tarik Black both scored 17 points, also pulling down eight and six rebounds, respectively.

The Hoyas shot 40.7% from the field, and an abysmal 4-15 (26.7%) on three pointers. Conversely the Jay Hawks completed 54.3% overall, 35.7% on threes. KU's bench, led by Black, outscored G'Town's (33-15).

Georgetown head coach, per the Washington Post, said of the atmosphere, fueled by 16,300 in attendance, "it wasn't the venue or the fans. It was the guys on the [Kansas] bench that played at a high level" causing problems for his team, with Black being a key antagonist, one that "Whenever we thought we were making a step toward cutting into the lead, he'd make a rebound, get a three-point play and make his foul shots".

Highly focused-upon freshman wing Andrew Wiggins finished with 12 points for Kansas, though he shot just 3-12. Junior point guard Naadir Tharpe also scored in double figures with 10.

In addition to Starks, sophomore and fellow backcourt mate D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera tallied two-digit scoring, accounting for 12 points. Junior wing Jabril Trawick almost joined them with nine points, as did senior, reserve forward/guard Aaron Bowen.

Coming into the game rebounding was known to be a deciding factor, one in which the Hoyas lost 39-29. Sophomore Jamari Taylor was second for the game, behind Embiid, with seven, followed by Black and Hoya junior forward Mikael Hopkins's six.

Senior forward Nate Lubick snatched down five rebounds, and was candid about his team's lack of board work, telling the Post ""We didn't come ready to rebound; we didn't come ready to fight."

Emblematic of that was G'Town junior center Joshua Smith, a 6'10", 350 pivot that started out strong, scoring four points on layups within the game's first two and a half minutes, yet in the end tallied a total of five points, zero rebounds and five fouls.

While the outcome was surely not Smith's fault solely, a juxtaposition of his production with that of Embiid's 17 and eight paints an informative picture, as does the overall 46-28 free throw attempted advantage Kansas enjoyed.

KU welcomes Toledo to Allen, December 30th. Game time is 8p.

Next up for G'Town is a December 28th tilt with Florida International. The noon tip-off will be broadcast by FoxSports1, while radio work is the responsibility of Rich Chvotkin and WTEM 980 AM.

For more on the game, including an opportunity for fans to vent, see out Premium Court message board.

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