November 17, 2006

Inside the Georgetown game

No. 8 Georgetown had its way with Vanderbilt on Wednesday night, defeating the Commodores 86-70 in Memorial Gym in the 'Dores opener.

The Hoyas shut down Shan Foster, and the all-Big East duo of Jeff Green and Roy Hibbert lit Vandy up for 37 points and 18 rebounds in just 45 combined minutes.

Here are some observations and quotes from Vandy's opener on Wednesday night.

Foster not a factor
After lighting Georgetown up a year ago, Foster virtually disappeared on Wednesday night.

Georgetown's coach John Thompson III credited Marc Egerson and some good fortune in stopping Foster, who visited Georgetown as a recruit.

"I would have to say to that, Shan just had a bad night. Our guys were extremely attentive to where he was. He's such a good player. … It's hard to guard the kid. But we were just trying to be extremely attentive to where he was.

"Marc [Edgerson] was assigned to him, but we switched when he was coming off screens. I thought Marc did a very good job on [him] and not giving him any open looks."

"They played pretty good defense on me, but I just could never get in the flow of the game," said Foster. "I just missed some shots."

Foster's two points were the fewest he's scored in 30 games.

Hibbert, Green dominate
The pre-game concern was that Georgetown's inside duo of Roy Hibbert and Jeff Green would have a field day inside and draw the Commodores into foul trouble.

That's exactly what happened. The duo combined for 37 points and 18 rebounds in only 45 minutes, leading Georgetown to a 44-30 edge in points in the paint.

Two Commodores-Alan Metcalfe and Ted Skuchas-fouled out trying to guard the pair.

Metcalfe fouled out in 10 minutes, while it took Skuchas 23 to exhaust his five-foul limit. Metcalfe picked up three fouls in his first three minutes of action.

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