Georgetown won its second game this week, comfortably dispatching the WAC's Utah State Aggies in a game owned by senior guard Chris Wright and the Hoya defense.
After upsetting the higher-ranked Missouri Tigers in Kansas City on Tuesday, the Hoyas returned to Washington to prepare for what could have been a tricky game against an under-the-radar Aggie squad. Georgetown kept their guard up, though, preventing a come-down loss from marring their perfect record.
They stifled Utah State, holding all Aggies to under 10 points. Meanwhile, Chris Wright scored 21 for Georgetown, including eight of 10 from the line. Fellow senior guard Austin Freeman added another nine points as the Hoyas' starters alone totaled 52—more than the whole Aggie team combined.
Georgetown did not need to rely on its big offensive weapon Saturday: the three-pointer. This season the Hoyas are draining treys at a 44 percent clip (77 of 175). Against Utah State, they went two for eight from downtown, not really needing the big score for most of the game.
The Aggies led by as many as four (12-8) but their last lead of the contest was at 8:46 of the first half when they were ahead 13-12. Just over a minute later, the Hoyas were enjoying a nine-point lead (22-13) thanks to buckets by junior guard Jason Clark and Austin Freeman and six made free throws—and multiple defensive stances that stopped the Aggies cold.
But Utah State came back and tied the game 26-26 at 1:46 of the first half on a Brian Green three-pointer. That was as close as it would get for the remainder of the game. The Hoyas took a four-point lead into the locker room at the end of the period, 33-29.
The second half was all Georgetown, who led by double figures for most of the period and at one point held a 22-point lead.
Georgetown looks to rise from 16th in the AP poll when it's posted later this week while Utah State, who spelled much of the season in the "others receiving votes" section, will possibly fade into oblivion. They are in the middle of the pack of the Western Athletic Conference, behind Boise State and Louisiana Tech.
Georgetown at Temple, Thu. Dec. 9 at 9PM, on ESPN2
Utah State vs. Long Beach State, Tue. Dec. 7 at 9:05PM