December 18, 2006
This and That: Winston-Salem State University
As an accompaniment to our traditional game coverage, HoyaReport.com presents This and That - a collection of observations and comments gleaned from Georgetown's 76-32 over Winston-Salem State University.
Just Strap Up: During the first half, and into the second, Coach John Thompson III employed a number of defenses, including man to man, a match up zone, and full court pressures.
Leading 27-18 after intermission, Thompson continued the practice, though its results seemed to diminish, given Winston Salem State reducing their deficit well under 10 points early in the stanza. At that point, he made a tactical change.
"Honestly I feel this game was significantly closer than looking at the final score. I think earlier on it (switching defenses) may have got them off rhythm" Thompson shared after the game, "but in the end, we said forget all this changing (defenses), and just guard your man. Let's just go man to man, and let's just guard your guy and get stops and rebounds.
"When they cut it to six, even up to that point, we were switching back and forth and going back and forth. After that, I said 'just guard your guy'. And that group
they just guarded and got rebounds. It got to the point where we felt forget zones, forget traps, just guard your man".
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