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Georgetown Hoyas Discover Offensive Mojo in 68-56 win over St. John’s Red Storm

Evan Habeeb-USA Today Sports

Wow, what was that? Who was that? The Georgetown Hoyas, owners of the second worst offense in the Big East Conference found their mojo in the first half against the St. John’s Red Storm and ran with it.

The Hoyas (16-4, 6-3) defeated the Red Storm (14-8, 6-4) 68-56 to move into at least a tie for third place in the Big East.

Of course 68 points is no shoot out, but in the first half Georgetown looked nothing like the team that toiled through a 49-48 loss to Marquette. Or the team that managed only 46 points in a win against Towson State.

These Hoyas looked like stone-cold shooters. Mid-way through the first half the Hoyas were shooting 70 percent from the field. That’s more than double what they shot against Townson.

The Hoyas finished the first half at 58.6 percent from the field and 45.8 percent for the the game.  They had four players in double figures.

Of course they played great defense, mainly shutting down the Red Storm’s leading scorer D’Angelo Harrison, who was 0-12.   We’re talking about a dude that came into the game averaging 19.7 points.

Whatever offense Harrison lost, Hoyas forward Nate Lubick found.  Lubick recorded his first double-double and led the team with 16 points, 10 rebounds and four assists.

The Hoyas leading scorer, Otto Porter Jr., finished fourth in scoring with 11 points.  It was as if finally everybody clicked.  They were dishing and dunking like they do this all the time.

It was such a flash of offensive muscle that it makes you wonder, why can’t they sustain this? Why can’t these Hoyas, the ones with the hot hands and monster dunks show up at least once a week?

Because if they can, look out Big East.

Merlisa blogs about Big East Basketball.  Follow her on Twitter: @merlisa