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Georgetown Hoyas Seek Answers on Offense As They Host Longwood

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The No. 15 Georgetown Hoyas have been the surprise of the Big East Conference, moving from unranked to the Top 25.  But the Hoyas have struggled on offense, scoring fewer than 50 points in two of the last three games. In their last game, against Townson, the Hoyas shot just 16.7 percent from the field in the first half.

The Hoyas hope to figure things out against the Longwood Lancers of the Big South Conference, Monday night.  Georgetown has an all-time record of 12-0 against teams from the Big South.

Forget the Big South.  Coach John Thompson III wants his players prepared for the Big East and the inconsistency on offense has him concerned.

“It’s got to get better,” said Thompson.  “I told the guys this, at this point we have a lot of growing up to do. We’re immature offensively, in that we have a lot of guys that are thinking trying to figure out what to do, what reads to make and it’s something we have to work on.”

It’s not like the Hoyas lack offensive threats.  Forwards Otto Porter and Greg Whittington, as well as guard Markel Starks, all have scoring averages in double figures.

But sometimes the team lapses into shooting droughts, like against Tennessee, when neither team scored in the last four minutes of the game.

“You have two games like that, I’m always concerned. You shoot 29-percent for the game and 12-percent from three, so is that a concern?,” said Thompson.  “It’s obviously something we have to look into and figure out.”

Merlisa blogs about Georgetown and Big East basketball.  Follow her on Twitter: @merlisa