Story By: Erin Zollars
Photos By: Sol Tucker
Perhaps it was the late start tonight, or the Hoyas were still a bit fatigued from that Syracuse game this past Saturday, whatever the reason for the slow start, it didn’t matter as they turned up the pace in the second half in route to a 71-54 victory over Coppin State.
Georgetown was led by Dontrez Styles 19 points on the night. Coppin State couldn’t find a way to stop him from freeing himself three consecutive times late in the second half that helped the Hoyas balloon their lead to 41-18 with 16:17 remaining in the game.
Styles and Ismael Massoud each delivered three 3-pointers for the Hoyas, who now improve to 6-4 on the season.
Georgetown overcame being outshot 39 percent to 38.5 percent by finishing 8 of 24 beyond the arc, compared to the Eagles’ 4-for-10 mark from long distance.
Rowan Brumbaugh scored 14 points and made all five of his free throws starting in Jayden Epps’ place, who was out with an illness.
Justin Winston’s 18 points led Coppin State (1-11), which also got 14 points from Greg Spurlock and 12 points from Ryan Archey.
“Obviously we got caught off guard, one of our players wasn’t feeling well today, Jayden Epps didn’t feel well and that came down at the 11th hour so I think our players did a good job of adjusting. I talked to our men about responding after losing back-to-back home games especially when in the last eight minutes of the last game we didn’t play particularly well or tough. I am proud of the guys, we responded and it is exam week and obviously Georgetown is very competitive on that side. As you can tell, there wasn’t a lot of energy in the building today but I am really proud of our students for taking care of the academic side. As we continue to build our organization, we need a lot more support, that would go a long way and I would appreciate it if people came out, not so much for who we are playing against but rather to support Georgetown. I am just proud of our players and we responded and did what we had to do to get the win. Now they have to finish up their exams and we are looking forward to going to Notre Dame this weekend,” said Hoyas Coach Head Coach Ed Cooley.
The Hoyas will face a 4-5 Notre Dame team that is also trying to find themselves in the ACC. They however are 3-1 on their home court this season and will certainly match-up against the Hoyas slightly better than Coppin State did tonight.