Washington, DC – Both Kansas and Georgetown are now battle tested and ready. In an out-of-conference battle, the Kansas Jayhawks just had a little more offense than the Georgetown Hoyas. Georgetown was outscored by Kansas by two points in the first half and three points in the second in a thriller as Kansas took home a 75-70 win.
It looked like the Jayhawks would run away in the first half as they were catching fire from all over the court. Kansas was up by 12 at one point in the first half. Georgetown seemed to have no answer. But the Hoyas kept their composure, as Coach Thompson would have them, and continued to play solid defense and forced the Jayhawks to make careless turnovers and mistakes. The Hoyas would capitalize.
With a good spark from Georgetown’s freshman guard L.J. Peak ( 18 points), strong post play by senior center Joshua Smith (20 points) and leadership from junior guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera (10 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists), the Hoyas came back strong and turned the game into a thriller, cutting the 12 point deficit to two points (34-32 at the break).
The Hoyas began the 2nd half with the tough man to man defense that helped turn the game around. The Jayhawks couldn’t handle the pressure and continued to turn the ball over at an alarming rate (17 for the game). However, the Hoyas would not capitalize as efficiently as in the first half. Both teams traded baskets in the middle of the half but the Jayhawks showed the shooting advantage with sharp shooter Brannen Greene hitting back-to-back deep balls in the final minutes of the game. He was 5-for-5 from 3-point range and finished with 19 points in leading the Jayhawks to the five-point victory.
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