January 7, 2007

Hoyas strap up to down Irish 66-48

January 7, 2007 - Beginning their Big East season yesterday versus Notre Dame, the Hoyas wanted to start the real focus of the regular season - league play - positively. As the school's head coach, John Thompson, III constantly says, everything Georgetown does in non-conference play is designed to prepare his team for the rigors of the Big East.

The Hoyas (11-3, 1-0) responded stunningly, winning 66-48, a victory facilitated by their opening 23-6 run. During that stretch G'Town held Notre Dame (13-2, 1-1) to 18 percent shooting. Defense was the key.

"I think overall, our defense was very, very good today. That's a very good offensive team, they can score in a lot of different ways. They are averaging right at 90 points (88.8) a game," said Thompson. "Our guys, top to bottom, starters, the subs, the seniors, the freshman, our energy level and communication (was great). I just thought our defense was clearly very good today.".

"I thought defensively, they really took us out of everything, the first twelve minutes," said Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey. "It was hard for us to recover. Certainly, with their size, and their length, and their athletic ability, they can shut people down."

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