Game Recap: Kansas 86, Georgetown 64

Jamie Squire

The Hoyas get embarrassed on the road.

Andrew Wiggins scored 12, Joel Embiid went 9-of-12 from the stripe to finish with 17 points and eight boards, and point guard Tarik Black came off the bench and chipped in with 17 as the Jayhawks steamrolled the Hoyas 86-64 to end G'Town's six-game winning streak. Georgetown got off to a hot start, starting the game 10-5 from the floor, as they worked through Joshua Smith inside and Markel Starks on the perimeter on offense. The Hoyas then went ice cold from the field and were simply overmatched by the Bill Self led Jayhawks who have astonishingly only lost eight home games in Self's ten years as head coach.

Playing its first true road game of the season, Georgetown came out of the gate confident in their gameplan and attacked the Jayhawks defense by feeding the rock to Joshua Smith and letting the big man go to work. Smith did a great job of using his 6-foot-10, 340 pound frame to get position on Embiid and either used a drop step to get a layup or found the open man for an easy shot. Combine that with two straight early 3-pointers from Starks and the Hoyas bucked their trend of starting games slow and took an early lead in a hostile environment.

John Thompson III clearly wanted his team to be physical on the road to slow down the game and stutter the Jayhawks talented, but youthful, roster. The plan worked at fast but soon backfired as the refs called the game tight and the Hoyas found themselves in foul trouble early and often. Both Smith, who finished with just five points after a solid start, and senior Nate Lubick fouled out as Georgetown committed 32 team fouls. Kansas made them pay by going 31-of-46 from the stripe and continued to attack off the dribble.

Down ten at the break, the Hoyas came out sluggish in the second half and the Jayhawks pounced. Jabril Trawick did an admirable job of containing Wiggins, but the freshman found other ways to effect the game. Wiggins finished just 3-of-10 from the field but dished out four assists, had three steals, blocked a shot and locked up Georgetown star D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera, holding the superb shooting guard to 12 points in 39 minutes.

When Kansas forward Perry Ellis went down with what is assumed to be a concussion, Tarik Black stepped in and had his biggest game of the season. Black, a Memphis transfer, who was averaging just 2.8 points in 9.7 minutes dominated the Georgetown frontcourt to the tune of 17 points, six boards, and two blocks in just 20 minutes. Black, along with Embiid, were too much to handle up front for the Hoyas who were in foul trouble all game.

Markel Starks was the only Hoya to show up. Starks played with great intensity all afternoon and finished with 19 points in 39 minutes as his teammates suffered. As a team, Georgetown shot 40.7 percent from the field, 26.7 percent from three and just 57.1 percent from the stripe. The Hoyas were also outrebounded 39-29.

In the end, the Hoyas had an opportunity to make noise during a Saturday afternoon tilt against a top team in the nation with a chance to crack the Top 25. Instead, the Hoyas were embarrassed by a superior Jayhawks team and are left with a lot of question marks heading into conference play. After being blown out by Kansas, close games against teams like Colgate and Elon seem more like what should be expected from the Hoyas this season rather than minor early season slip-ups.

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