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Hoya Post-Game Quotes


John Thompson III, who otherwise is not mentioned in this item. (AP Photo)

Roy Hibbert said it was his first scoreless game since his freshman year of high school. Don't quote him on that, though. And to his credit he stood in front of everyone and talked about his dud. The talk also focused on the shooting of Jon Wallace, Jessie Sapp and Chris Wright, who combined to make 13 of 18 three pointers. "Jon was unbelievable," DaJuan Summers said, a sentiment echoed by several teammates. I asked Hibbert whether he's seen a shooting display like that before.

"All the time in practice," he said, "but in this game it was crucial for us and they came through. [Wallace] had, what, 16, 19 points in the first half? He was hitting, then Sapp started hitting, DaJuan started hitting, Chris started hitting and we came through.

I jokingly asked him whether he considered trying to break out of his slump with a three-point attempt of his own.

"They didn't need me to do any of that, they just needed me to get a rebound, and I think I got one or two," he said. It was actually four. But he was obviously ticked at himself, in his self-deprecating, goofy way.

"I have to do a better job of not picking up dumb fouls," he said. "I'm trying to adjust and move on to tomorrow. I think if we keep shooting like that we'll be here until Saturday. We just have to keep doing what we're doing."

Teammates were asked whether they were surprised they could get a 19-point win with nada from Hibbert.

"Yeah, it is surprising, because obviously we run through Roy, Roy's the man, he's our star," Chris Wright said. "Obviously we can [improve]. Roy didn't score today. That's just going to show you that we have so many options. Obviously when Roy gets involved we're greater."

"I mean, it speaks volumes for how we stuck together as a team," Wallace said. "We knew there was a big part of what we do that was missing today, but at the same team Roy is effective without scoring. He was a decoy, he was going down the middle and drawing double teams, which allowed other guys to get open looks."

"It would have been better if we could win WITH him, but we've got to live with that," Sapp said. "It just shows the caliber of this team and how much we have without him....Jon was terrific, that carried over for me and just gave me a boost, and I think Chris helped us a lot as well as DaJuan and Austin Freeman and Pat and Vernon Macklin, everyone, Bryon Jansen, I can name the whole team."

Which he did, successfully.

It was very quiet in the locker room, which, of course, is usually not open for Georgetown except at such events. Maybe it was the early hour....the players kept talking about how they performed "tonight" in a game that ended at 2.

"I don't know, I guess it's just basketball terminology," Summers said.

Maybe that's just their style; "I don't really show it like that, but I'm excited," said a near-silent Austin Freeman. Or if you wanted to try to be a serious daily-newspaper style journalist you could write that the Hoyas were focused, laser-like, on the rest of the tournament.

"We don't need to celebrate yet," Wright said. "We've got two more games to win. Then we'll celebrate. We've got a game tomorrow we're worrying about."

As for Wright, the reviews were positive.

"He was great off the bench," Summers said. "To stay positive throughout the year and come in and do what he did today was huge for us. He's been practicing with us--it's not like he's missing a step. He's just got to get acclimated again to our offense, but he's fine."

[Note: All this was supposed to appear in video form, but technological challenges have made that impossible. Please, if you would, imagine the players saying all this. You could even speak the quotes out loud if you want. Thanks.]

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 13, 2008; 4:21 PM ET
Categories:  College Basketball  
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Comments

Have you always been a Georgetown fan or have you seen the light this season? Either way, thanks for the entertaining and informative coverage of the BET so far! I've always felt bad for poor Camille, alone in a sea of Terps.

Posted by: Anna | March 13, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Great coverage, Stein. Love it.

Posted by: Joe (DC) | March 13, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Why didn't Roy take his undershirt off at the half? He scored 10 of his 12 against Louisville post-undershirt.

Posted by: Ryan | March 13, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

great work with the bog!

its nice to see the hoyas get some love by a paper that is in love with maryland

thanks

Posted by: scruggs | March 13, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Great reports, Cheese Man!

You and Camille have done a great job covering the Hoyas this year -- keep it up!

Hoya Saxa!

Posted by: HoyafanoftheCheeseMan | March 13, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Hey Hoya fans, thanks for reading.

In case there's any confusion, I'm not a fan of Georgetown or any other local team. That's against the rules. Although I don't think it's against the rules to say that I've found several of this year's Hoyas to be extremely engaging and fun to talk with.

Anyhow, the reason I cover Georgetown is because the Hoyas are, by several million miles, the best team in the D.C. area this year. That's a pretty safe standard for deciding which team to follow.

Tomorrow I'll be at Bender Arena due to family responsibilities, but Camille will, with hope, have a blog report.

Posted by: Dan Steinberg | March 13, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

And over at HoyaHoops.com we'll be covering the game too. Not nearly as entertaining as the Bog man, but we try our best.

Posted by: Johnny | March 14, 2008 9:10 AM | Report abuse

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