The game started off really well for Georgetown with some three pointers being made, but Robbert Morris stayed in the game for a few minutes early on. Then everything started to the right way for Georgetown. Georgetown, at one point in the first half, was 3-for-7 from behind the arc, but they started to feed Joshua Smith and he was being aggressive in the paint because the Colonials were lacking size. At halftime, Georgetown led the Colonials 36-24 and they started to score a lot of points in the paint and that continued in the second half.
To start the second half, Georgetown came out with a sense of urgency. Georgetown started the second half on a 19-5 run over the course of the first six minutes. The Hoyas' rebounding is continuing to improve over the course of the last two games. In the last two wins, they recorded over 40 rebounds. The whole team played a huge role in that. In the first game, Mikael Hopkins said that everybody can not just rely on the bigs and that has changed drastically. Joshua Smith has recorded 10 plus rebounds in the past two games after having an "unacceptable" performance in the first game.
Robert Morris had a bad day in terms of shooting the ball and rebounding. The Colonials only shot 30.5% in the game, but towards the end of game, they did do a good job playing defense. Robert Morris coach Andrew Toole said that his team took too many contested 3 pointers in the game. Another thing that he contributed to his team loosing this game is that the physicality of Georgetown players such as a Joshua Smith, who had 22 points and 11 rebounds. The Hoyas won the size battle in the paint. Head coach John Thompson III said that the team defense is a "work in progress" and that will come to a test against a struggling Florida team in the opening round of the Battle 4 Atlantis
D'Vanutes Smith-Rivera, who has been struggling in the first two games, had a great all around game with 12 points, 6 rebounds, and 7 assists. Smith-Rivera has been doing some of the small things and he said, "I just want to affect the game every way possible. It's not about me." This is a good way to start the tough stretch that lies ahead for Georgetown.
The Hoyas are back in action on Wednesday against Florida in the Battle 4 Alantis tournament in the Bahamas.