November 9, 2013 - The 2013-2014 season started with a thud for Georgetown, as the Hoyas fell to Oregon 82-75 at Camp Humphrey, South Korea. The game was each team's first of the year.
The Hoyas were out-rebounded 40-32, despite an already depleted Oregon frontcourt corps loosing starting center Waverly Austin to fouls less than midway through the second half. More shockingly, G'Town went 1-15 (6.7%) from three point land, with Markel Starks sinking that lone completion.
A bright spot was Josh Smith's debut; having transferred from UCLA last January, Smith was recently ruled immediately eligible to compete, taking advantage of such by scoring a game high 25 points. Starks followed him with 16 points for Georgetown, with Jabril Trawick and Mikael Hopkins joining them in double figures, dropping 11 and 10 points, respectively. As a team, the Hoyas completed 45.8% of their shots, including Smith's 10 of 13 and Starks' 6-12.
In terms of Georgetown caroms, Nate Lubick pulled down six along with Hopkins, Aaron Bowen nabbed five, trailed by the 6'10", 300 pound plus Smith's four.
G'town, down 10 points in the first half, took a 40-39 lead almost two minutes into the second stanza after a Trawick layup assisted by Smith. Between that period's first and second T.V. timeout, Oregon went on a 12-5 run, the Hoyas closing that deficit to a pair of points (54-56) after the second of two Smith free throws. The Ducks answered with six two pointers and 14 free throws to seal the win.
Regarding charity stripe attempts, the officials were quite active, awarding the teams a combined 77 shots. Oregon earned 44 of those opportunities, canning an impressive 81.8% of them. Conversely G'Town could only convert 66.% (20-30) of their charity stripers.
Joseph Young pace the Ducks in scoring, dropping 24 points, while also contributing five rebounds. Mike Moser finished with 15 points and seven rebounds. Jason Calliste came off the bench for Oregon with 16 points, and Johnathan Lloyd lead both teams in assists with seven, output added to his nine points. Oregon finished 40.8% from the field, 27.3% beyond the arc.
Up next for Georgetown is a home date with Wright State, November 13th. The Verizon Center game has a 7p tip.
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