Story By: Erin Zollars
Photos By: Sol Tucker
Just a few days ago the Hoyas led by Senior Guard Jagan Mosley talked about how this 2019-20 Hoya team had a much better bond then what they had put on the court last season and they were going to make some noise come Big East play… well tonight, they certainly made noise, just not a lot of noise in the form of swish.
This game was a classic tail of two halves of basketball.. The first half, the Hoyas didn’t even look like they were in the building and were getting out shot and rebounded and at the end of the half, the 37-25 score reflected what some thought was going to be another one of those Georgetown seasons.
Whatever Hoyas Head Coach Patrick Ewing said to his team in the locker room didn’t seem to help much to start, but late in the game Omer Yurtseven and James Akinjo ended up scoring 20 points apiece and Georgetown closed the game with a 20-1 run to defeat Mount St. Mary’s 81-68 on Wednesday night in the season-opener for both teams.
Mac McClung had 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting for Georgetown and Yurtseven, who was 7-for-9 shooting, grabbed 12 rebounds.
“We had a lot of guys frustrated that they couldn’t hit shots and their players were getting inside of our defense in the first half,” said Hoyas Head Coach Patrick Ewing. I think we showed in the final five minutes of the game what we can do offensively and defensively if we continue to use all of the guys in a different way during the game.
Jalen Gibbs had 19 points for the Mountaineers. Vado Morse added 18 points.
The Mountaineers really struggled with the Hoyas press in the backcourt and had trouble on numerous occasions getting the call over the time line barely before being called for a turnover. This is the Hoyas defense that has won them plenty of games in previous seasons and will need to be used a little bit more if they don’t want teams hitting from the perimeter as the Mountaineers did as a team tonight.