Georgetown nabbed their second consecutive victory on Tuesday night with a 65-59 win over the Marquette Golden Eagles.
Four Hoyas jumped into double figures at the Verizon Center, fending off a tenacious effort from the visiting team. Joshua Smith and L.J. Peak tied with 12 points apiece, though Smith's efforts stood out the most as he finished with a perfect night from the field as he did not miss on one single field goal or free throw attempt while he was out on the floor. D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera finished with a game-high 15 points but showed some inconsistencies from an efficiency standpoint. Lastly, Jabril Trawick scored 13 points and added four rebounds.
Marquette was led by the efforts of the imposing Matt Carlino, as the transfer guard scored 16 points whilst shooting 46.1 percent for the field. Imposing transfer center Luke Fischer scored 13 points and did not register a miss on his six field goal attempts.
Here are three things we learned from Georgetown's victory:
1. The battle of the centers was a draw
The "big" matchup, both figuratively and literally, going into this game was between Joshua Smith and Luke Fischer. And after this matchup, neither man seemed to have a leg up on the other. Fischer finished the game perfect from the field on his six field goal attempts while adding a free throw to finish with 13 points, three rebounds and two steals. Joshua Smith, meanwhile, had an impeccable performance from the floor, shooting and making four field goal attempts, and took and made four free throw attempts to boot. He added seven rebounds, three steals and an assist to his arsenal as well.
2. D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera is showing some inconsistencies
The preseason Big East player of the Year had another skittish night. After a night where he shot 2-for-6, scoring five points and nabbing three rebounds and assists in 28 minutes, Smith-Rivera scored 15 points but shot a meager 4-for-10. What's worse is that seven of those field goal attempts were from beyond the arc, and DSR was only able to convert on two of them. Georgetown keeps winning, but its star player needs to get out of his funk.
3. Big East teams remain tough to beat at home
Heading into the night, only one team has picked up a home loss in this young conference season. That, of course, was when Butler took down St. John's in Queens. With Georgetown's win, Big East teams are a hearty 10-1 with two games left to play on Tuesday night. We shall see if St. John's and Butler can hold up their end of the bargain.