Story By : Erin Zollars
Photos By: Sol Tucker
There have been plenty to talk about this season with the Hoyas and tonight the talk was facing #12 Seton Hall without Mac McClung in the line-up. He has sat out a few other games this season with his eye injury, but that was when their roster was a bit deeper. Tonight Seton Hall took advantage of the Hoyas weakness early and cruised held off a late run by the Hoyas to grab a 78-71 victory.
So what was the big difference in this game tonight? Preseason All-America player Myles Powell, that was the difference. He proved that the preseason rating was no fluke tonight and he was a huge part of the Hall taking off to a 17 point lead early in the opening minutes of the game.
Powell scored 34 points, Romaro Gill tied a career-high with eight blocks giving the undermanned Hoyas all they could handle on the inside.
Georgetown really struggled tonight to find a way to get Omer Yurtseven going as he has in previous games and the Hall swarmed him each time he touched the ball in the paint forcing him to look to the perimeter.
Hoyas coach Patrick Ewing said that he’s hopeful McClung can play on Saturday against DePaul. The Hoyas are 1-2 in conference games without McClung this season.
Yurtseven led the Hoyas with 19 points and 15 rebounds, his 13th double-double of the season. Georgetown’s Jahvon Blair had 18 points while Terrell Allen added 11 points.
“We are just really short without Mac,” said Hoyas Head Coach Patrick Ewing.
“We tried everything,” Ewing said. “We tried to mix our defenses up, (had) a couple different guys on Powell. He had it rolling.”