The Georgetown Hoyas began to build back towards the .500 mark with their 77-47 victory over the Bryant Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon.
The Hoyas' first game in Washington D.C. since their shocking loss to Radford went according to plan as they proceeded to pull away from Bryant, who played them tough for a majority of the first half. The Hoyas would engineer a late run in the first half to go into the break 40-26, and never looked back as Bryant barely crossed the 40 point threshold.
Leading the way for Georgetown on Saturday afternoon was L.J. Peak who scored 20 points. Freshman Marcus Derrickson recorded a double-double, grabbing 10 boards and scoring 12 points.
Three things we learned from this matchup:
1. Marcus Derrickson can ball.
While L.J. Peak's 20 points led the way for the Hoyas on Saturday, it was Marcus Derrickson's performance that perhaps catches the most attention. The freshman from Bowie, Maryland picked up his first career double-double going 12 and 10 on the afternoon. It was his best performance of the season by far with the only competition being his 13 point, six rebound effort against Maryland. The Bulldogs had no answer for Derrickson all afternoon and if performances like these are in his future, then the Hoyas will reap the rewards.
2. Neither team was able to exploit each other's weaknesses on the perimeter
Coming into Saturday, neither the Hoyas nor the Bulldogs were remotely solid at defending the perimeter. The top 3-point shooting club in the BIG EAST figured to have a good day at the office, while Bryant could have maybe exploited one of the Hoyas' weaknesses. As it turned out, neither of those things happened. The Hoyas and Bulldogs combined to shoot 11-for-53 from the 3-point line. It wound up not factoring into the result - the Hoyas won by 30 - but it was interesting to see that neither team could give an inch from long range.
3. With Syracuse surging, a win over Maryland Eastern Shore has greater importance
Next Saturday features the much-anticipated encounter between Georgetown and former BIG EAST representative Syracuse in Washington D.C. Before that, the Hoyas welcome Maryland Eastern Shore to the Nation's Capital. 'Cuse is coming off of an excellent performance in the Bahamas and are unbeaten at this point of the season. That game against Maryland Eastern Shore is imperative for the Hoyas to get a victory in factoring in that Georgetown has only one win versus the Power Five thus far this year. You can ill afford to be 2-4 going into that encounter with the Orange, so now the attention turns to later this week.