Welcome to the season St. Francis Brooklyn; say hello to L.J. Peak. The Georgetown Hoya freshman star went perfect from the floor on his way to 23 points and an 83-62 win over the Terriers.
Despite Brooklyn doing its best to get wide load Josh Smith into foul trouble and out of the middle, a combination of turnovers and poor shooting led directly to a loss. The Terriers just never looked fully comfortable playing in the half court offense against the bigger Hoyas.
And when they couldn't settle down, they just let the ball get away from them, to the tune of 17 turnovers, eight from point guard Brent Jones.
Jones looked as if he had his hands tied attempting to get the ball to his star scorers, Tyreek Jewell and Jalen Cannon. The NEC Preseason Player of the Year, Cannon just never found his shot, finishing only 4-for-12 from the floor which included a very badly missed dunk on a breakaway.
Maybe this is one of those games you just chalk up to jitters on opening day. The Terriers were away from home, they had five turnovers before the game got moving, and they were severely outmatched inside.
They just didn't look like the team everyone was picking to finish first in the preseason. Georgetown is good, but they shouldn't have been this far ahead of the Terriers, especially not this early in the season.
But welcome to college basketball Mr. Peak. The former South Carolina Mr. Basketball showed why he was the No. 31 recruit in the country, looking like he was the senior on the floor for Georgetown. Maybe Texas A&M-Corpus Christi will figure out a way to stop you.