1) Trawick’s elbow injury changed everything
Georgetown senior Jabril Trawick had a hot start from the field and seemed to be carrying the Hoyas early in what would turn out to be his last game in a Hoya uniform. However, when he injured his left elbow, Trawick was not the same player. He did not look as confident in his shot and that cost the Hoyas. Trawick finished with 10 points and only shot 3-7 from the field. The Hoyas and Utes were tied at 32 at the half when Trawick was solid. In the second half, they were outscored by 11 when the senior could not buy a basket.
This ends a season that saw Georgetown take a step in the right direction as far as the overall program is concerned. They moved up five spots in the Big East and won an NCAA Tournament game. With great freshmen coming back, the future for Georgetown looks bright.
2) Utah shot the cover off the ball
Utah had five players who finished in double figures in scoring led by Brandon Taylor who had 14 points. The Utes shot over 57 percent from the field and over 57 percent from three as well. Utah also made 23-32 free throws, which compared to the 7-9 from the stripe for Georgetown is extremely aggressive. In crunch time, the Utes hit their free throws and were able to use a 15-9 run to put the game out of reach.
It is the first time that Utah has made the Sweet 16 since 2005 and in their first tourney appearance since 2009 that is pretty impressive. His team had a great shooting night and nothing should be taken away from that, but Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak has done a great job with this team in the NCAA Tournament.
3) Hoyas looked out of gas in the final minutes
Georgetown was in this game for the majority of it, but in the last few minutes, players like Isaac Copeland and Joshua Smith seemed to run out of steam on the offensive end. The two players combined for 22 points for the game, but they did not make a big basket when the team needed it. D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera was clearly the go-to guy down the stretch, but the junior could not deliver either. The Big East All-first teamer finished with 12 points and missed all seven of his three point attempts. In the end, the Hoyas were worn down by the defense of Utah.