Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Mount Georgetown Game Observations

Georgetown defeated Mt. St. Mary's 83-62 in the nation's capital on Monday Night.

  • There were plenty of areas to be pleased with the Mount's performance on Monday Night. Obviously, Georgetown is a good basketball team and the Mount forced them to play up to their top level to earn the victory.
  • Tayvon Jackson continues to be impressive inside for the Mount. And now the junior from Indian Head, has started to knock down that mid-range jumper. It will have to be respected by the opposition as Jackson has tremendous confidence right now.
  • Jean Cajou is shooting the ball the best, I've seen him since that postseason run two years ago. He is getting in great position to shoot the ball, and is shooting within the frame of the offense. The arc seems to have returned to the J and they all look good from the time it leaves his hand.
  • Jeremy Goode didn't have the best of games from a scoring standpoint. But the senior point guard continued to create points for his teammates.
  • Lamar Trice continues to be aggressive when asked for minutes off the bench. At times that aggressiveness leads to mistakes, but those mistakes are easier to take than mistakes that come from timidness.
  • There were several times when Georgetown got three or four chances at the offensive end, but without those two or three possessions, the rebounding battle was pretty much even. The final numbers showed Georgetown ahead 38-31, which is a lot better than my worst fears entering the game.
  • The Mount had six games, plus the two scrimmages, to get ready for league play. I think they have done a good job of getting ready for the rematch at Robert Morris. There were times last night when the offense clicked as well as it has all season, for extended stretches.
  • The team still needs to shoot the ball a little bit better, Goode needs to get back to his long range numbers from last year, Beidler needs to stay closer to the baseline, Atupem needs to finish strongly inside, and the freshman will get better as he works out the rust from a year away from play.
I still have high hopes for this team. Obviously, the best realistic hope for this team at this point was 4-2. Games at Oklahoma and Georgetown were going to be monumental wins if they occured. In the process, the Mount has gotten two wins on the road that couldn't be certain at the start of the season. They also split a pair of home games with a pair of teams from the MAAC, which routinely provides better power rankings than its own Northeast home. Thursday night provides the Mount the first opportunity to see where it stands within its own brethren. I think they are ready.

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