On the road, against a DePaul team who was looking to rebound off a rough go against Villanova this past weekend, the Georgetown Hoyas picked up their first road win of the season by the tally of 78-72.
It was nothing short of a high-powered, uptempo matchup in the first half as both teams shot lights out from the field. The home team put up a 55.2 percent mark from the field, with a 55.6 percent mark from the 3-point line to boot. The visiting Hoyas, meanwhile, shot 59.3 percent and 55.6 percent from the beyond the arc, as well.
The second half was an entirely different story. Georgetown and DePaul's shooting performances drastically declined from their first half counterparts. The keys that led to the Hoyas netting their first victory on the road this season were in the turnover department, as well as a stupendous performance from its star player. The Hoyas won in Turnover% 16.1 percent to 18.8 percent and D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera scored a startling 16 points and shot 9-for-12 from the free throw line.
Here's what we learned from this game.
1. D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera is far from homesick
Smith-Rivera was the team's leading scorer with 25 points tonight, including his 16 in the second half, and looked very consistent on both sides of the ball. The one thing that impressed me about him tonight was that he ran the offense, pushed the ball when he needed to, and looked for his teammates all game long. He rebounded well also and that is something that he is known to do throughout his years at Georgetown. DSR is averaging almost 20.6 points per game on the road, and shooting 50 percent, and he played like that tonight. He looks like he is starting to get in Big East Player of the Year form, but the matchups with Butler and Villanova are games where he needs to play exceptionally well.
2. Georgetown knows how to bounce back
It was never a question of, "Is Georgetown resilient?" it was always the question of, "How would they play?" And in this game, they were clicking on all cylinders and is easily one of the top performances as a team this season. The Hoyas looked like they're one of the best teams in the conference in Rosemont on Tuesday evening. Joshua Smith made key plays and Jabril Trawick is doing everything he can to help his team win. Isaac Copeland played some big minutes in tonight's game and looked like a player who is projected to be as good as people expected. They will need to show some consistency and start to go on a winning streak, and that might be challening because they have a brutal stretch coming up. Still though, you cannot deny this team's toughness.
3. Billy Garret Jr is a tough guard
The matchup that caught my eye was the point guard matchup and it was really interesting to see how Billy Garret Jr would respond to Smith-Rivera, who had a great game. Garret Jr. is a point that can control tempo, score and run an offense. These two players are at the top of their games, and leading the team in the right direction, but tonight Smith-Rivera had the upper hand in the matchup tonight. Time will tell to see who has a better season as conference play continues, but it should be a fun ride.