The Georgetown Hoyas dropped one on Tuesday to fall to 1-1 on the season. The Hoyas lost to the Navy Midshipmen at home at McDonough Arena. The 78-71 loss is a certainly a debilitating one, and means that the Hoyas aren’t 2-0 for the fourth time since the reformatting of the Big East in 2013.
Georgetown let Navy get whatever they wanted down the stretch. The Midshipmen connected on six of their final seven shots from the field. Consider this: It was a one-point game with 5:13 remaining. And it was then that Navy went on their run. A full-throated collapse in the final 5:13 of the game led to the Hoyas’ demise, as they could only muster up nine points to Navy’s 15.
The Hoyas also paid a steep price for turning the ball over so often in this game. They posted a TO% of 19.7 percent, with 13 turnovers on the night. While that TO% is grazing over the nation’s average, the problem was what happened after. Navy scored 19 of those 78 points off turnovers, which when juxtaposed next to the Hoyas’ five points off turnovers, looks rather ghastly.
Georgetown shot respectably inside, going 15-for-29, but struggled in the other two areas of the floor. They went just 10-for-31 on 3-pointers and 11-for-17 on their free throws. The opposition didn’t fare much better, as Navy went 9-for-26 on 3-pointers and 5-for-10 on free throws. That which perhaps makes the defensive collapse down the stretch that much worse to confront.
Jahvon Blair and Jamorko Pickett combined to score 34 points, 17 apiece. Qudus Wahab posted a career-high 16 points, while Jalen Harris dropped 12 to join them all in double figures. Donald Carey finished with eight points, falling shy of giving the Hoyas the distinction of having all five starters in double figures.
Cam Davis of Navy posted 28 points, a game-high and then some, while John Carter scored 20. No other Navy player got into double figures on the night, though Richard Njoku came close with eight points, while Daniel Deaver had seven.
Georgetown is currently scheduled to play West Virginia on Sunday.