Thursday, March 11, 2010

Guest Contributor Ray Floriani: At the Big East Tournament Day 2

by Ray Floriani

NEW YORK CITY - Georgetown and Syracuse have staged some epic battles. In fact they have met twelve times in Big East Tournament play. Tomorrow will be 13 as Georgetown defeated South Florida 69-49 to open the second round at Madison Square Garden. The four factors and efficiency in a 62 possession contest:

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Defense was the key for the Hoyas. South Florida 33% from two point range. The Bulls were 0 for 8 from three against DePaul but USF coach Stan Heath said he has shooters and they would have to hit a few or more from the perimeter against the Hoyas. The Bulls were 1 of 10 beyond the arc and did not hit a three until 20 seconds remained and the game was in hand.

Dominique Jones of USF led all scorers with 21 points but he did not get help as Georgetown , as noted, defended very well. South Florida did win the battle of the boards with an 18-11 edge on the glass.

Hoya band battles Seton Hall band

Their turnover rate was too high especially for a game of this pace. Jones had 6 of USF’s 12 turnovers but the outstanding junior guard was virtually the only player on his team taking a consistent offensive initiative.

USF had an edge on the foul line. Chalk it up to stiff ling Hoya defense that at times got a little too aggressive. Jason Clark and Greg Monroe both scored 16 points as John Thompson III’s club had a balanced attack.

Georgetown had a 32-28 edge in scoring in the paint. Not a big surprise as USF struggled from the perimeter, even on fifteen footers.

“I’m pleased with our focus. When they (South Florida) made a run early second half we didn’t get frustrated” - John Thompson III

Out for a stroll on the Garden floor

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