The Georgetown Hoyas are 3-0 for the first time in three seasons. Thanks to a combined 45 points from Kaleb Johnson and Jessie Govan, the Hoyas easily defeated the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks in D.C. on Saturday, 83-57.
The victory keeps head coach Patrick Ewing unbeaten, of course, as they have won the first three games of his coaching career. While the opponents might be softened, it’s really hard to see anything that’s been plaguing this team in any respect.
The Hoyas also got 14 points out of Marcus Derrickson, who recorded a double-double, grabbing 10 rebounds. Govan, too, got another double-double, his third-straight, getting 14 boards to go with his 23 points. The aforementioned Johnson led the bunch with 24 points.
WHAT WE LEARNED
The Hoya defense looked great again
Opponent aside, the Georgetown defense was stout and stingy. They held UMES to 20-62 shooting and 3-19 from outside. The Hawks went 8:15 without a field goal down the stretch, as they just could not afford a bucket. It will be intriguing to see how this translates to the tougher opponents. But for now, Georgetown has been excellent defensively.
Govan continues to beast
On the year, Govan has recorded at least 20 points and 10 rebounds per game. He had back-to-back 20-point outings and with his 23-point outburst, his average on the season is now 21 points per game. On the rebound side, his 14 boards on Saturday mean he’s averaging 14.33 rebounds on the season. Those kind of marks will definitely get you noticed. It’s pretty clear that working with Patrick Ewing is helping Jessie a whole lot.
Things will get interesting next time around...
The Hoyas will play their only true road game of the nonconference season next Saturday. Patrick Ewing’s bunch will travel to the Robins Center, where they will play the Richmond Spiders. Richmond has lost their first two games of the season, and will play UAB to start the year. With that said, you best believe the crowd there will be fired up to welcome G’Town to the house. Maybe the Hoyas will be tested, a bit. Maybe they won’t. At least there might be a little intrigue this time around.