The Georgetown Hoyas improve to 2-0 in BIG EAST play after their 80-70 victory over the Marquette Golden Eagles Saturday evening.
The Golden Eagles' woes in the nation's capital wear on as Marquette drops to 1-5 in their last six contests at the Verizon Center vs. the Hoyas. Marquette was down early to Georgetown and simply could not recover as the continuously confusing Georgetown Hoyas start off the year 2016 on a high note.
Leading the way for Georgetown Saturday night was freshman forward Marcus Derrickson as well as sophomore forward Isaac Copeland. Derrickson and Copeland combined for 27 of Georgetown's 80 points. DSR added 14 points of his own, coming up big down the stretch for Georgetown.
Big man Jessie Govan added 11 points off the bench as he, Derrickson, and 7-footer Bradley Hayes frustrated the usually stout tandem of Henry Ellenson and Luke Fischer all game.
The potent combo of Ellenson and Fischer were thrown off their game, combining to shoot just 8-for-26. The towering duo had been one of the major reasons that Marquette was so successful this season so it's no secret why they struggled against Georgetown on Saturday afternoon.
Here's what we learned from this encounter in D.C.
1. Like Georgetown, Marcus Derrickson is still finding his way
The oddity that is Marcus Derrickson's freshman season continued on Saturday evening in D.C. The Bowie, Maryland native dropped 16 points, rebounding off of the 4-point outing he had against DePaul. A look at his game log would show that Derrickson, with the exception of going from zero to three points in matchups versus Wisconsin and Duke, and then three to seven versus Monmouth and UNC Asheville, Derrickson has bounced from single to double digits in each game this season. Derrickson's opportunity to string together two double figure games in a row now comes on Tuesday night when the Hoyas travel to Omaha to take on the Creighton Bluejays. We'll see what happens when he's put to the test.
2. If the big men are struggling, so is Marquette
The value of Fischer and Ellenson were put on display as off nights by both of Marquette's big men plagued the Golden Eagles all night. This was perhaps the least effective that both men have been all season so if you are a Marquette fan, you have to hope that things can't get much worse from here. And with that said, it will be interesting going forward to see how Ellenson and Fischer compete against the likes of James Farr and Jalen Reynolds of Xavier and Daniel Ochefu of Villanova. Will their struggles continue or will they adapt from this instance of being taken to the woodshed? Time will tell.
3. Georgetown has a lot to be happy about
The script could not be better for Georgetown in the opening week of conference play. Back-to-back wins put them at 2-0 to start the conference season after wading through trouble in the nonconference slate. With much of the BIG EAST beating up on each other in the early goings and the likes of Butler falling to 0-2 as well as Marquette and others, the Hoyas are off to a hot start. Whether they can keep it up remains to be seen but all told, 2016 is going well for the Hoyas thus far.