1) Monmouth makes history with impressive victory
Entering tonight’s game, the Hawks were 0-30 all-time against opponents from the Big East conference. Monmouth notched their first win ever against Georgetown in three tries and the conference in impressive fashion. The Hawks led most of the night and did everything right on both sides of the ball.
Monmouth improved to 7-3 behind 18 points from Je’lon Hornbeak and four other players scoring in double figures for the Hawks. Justin Robinson was also solid for Monmouth with 12 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals.
The Hawks shot 43.8 percent from the field and 50 percent from three-point range. Monmouth got the free throw line 37 times and made 31 of them from the stripe. Defensively, the Hawks were great all night long and now they add Georgetown their list of upsets that also includes UCLA, Notre Dame and USC.
Monmouth’s win was great, but their bench celebrations were even better. Take a look, you need to see this.
2) Hoyas are consistently inconsistent
Georgetown has had quality performances and wins this season, but they struggled all night long to get their offense going. D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera had 18 points and Isaac Copeland had 16 points, but the two stars shot a combined 3-15 from behind the arc.
The Hoyas shot 33.3 percent from the field and just 7-29 overall from deep, which is not going to get it done. It did not help that the Hoyas were outrebounded 38-32 by Monmouth and were sleepwalking at times on the defensive end. Georgetown also shot 63.6 percent from the stripe, which also hurt their comeback chances.
3) Hawks look legit, but this loss hurts Georgetown’s NCAA resume
The Hoyas have beaten Wisconsin and Syracuse, but now have losses at home to Radford and Monmouth. This team also played teams like Maryland and Duke tough down the stretch despite losing those games. Regardless, this loss tonight could hurt Georgetown’s NCAA Tournament resume later on if the Hawks miss out on the dance. Either way, it was at home and the Hoyas needed to take care of business in Washington DC.
Monmouth dominated the Hoyas tonight and look like the team to beat in the MAAC while the Hoyas will look to bounce back before they face the difficult Big East conference. Next up for Monmouth is a date with Rutgers. Georgetown welcomes UNC Ashville next Saturday.
Until then, here is the Monmouth Sistine Chapel bench celebration again. You’re welcome.