Some quick thoughts after watching Georgetown lose 68-62 at Connecticut in standard definition.
* For most of the game against their former Big East rival, the Hoyas (12-8) played with the same level of urgency and smarts offensively that led to Tuesday's win at No. 5 Xavier. Then came the final 4:31 and an avalanche of mistakes with the snowed in D.C. region watching. After D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera's jumper gave Georgetown a 62-60, the Hoyas never scored again in their final non-conference game of the regular season.
Connecticut (14-5) labored from the field the entire second half (4 of 21) as Georgetown rallied for a lead after trailing 41-33. The Huskies only survived from the free throw line as they were in the 1-and-1 bonus with 14:22 remaining thanks to the Hoyas' numerous fouls. After two free throws put UConn up 63-62 with 2:44 left, Georgetown's possessions went like this: Turnover, missed 3-pointer, air ball, turnover, charge. These late issues were spread out, each committed by different player.
* Reggie Cameron finished with 13 points while Smith-Rivera had 12. L.J. Peak also had 12 points before fouling out for the seventh time this season. Tre Campbell, after scoring 21 points on five 3-pointers at Xavier, had seven points.
* Connecticut entered with four players averaging double figure points. That quartet all had at least 11 with guards Rodney Purvis (17) and Sterling Gibbs (15) leading the way. That duo made 16 of 20 free throws and the Huskies finished 29 of 36. The Hoyas went 7 of 8.
* As for the big picture, getting a win over Connecticut would have taken some pressure off Georgetown's Big East record. Instead, the Hoyas (5-2) still probably need around 12 wins barring a string of upsets in their remaining games against the conference powers. Georgetown finished non-conference play 7-6.
* Georgetown's offense maintained the quicker ball movement that keyed its win over Xavier, which led to some open shots early. However, the Hoyas often fell in love with 3-pointers rather than look down low for inside-outside action. More than half of their field goal attempts came from beyond the arc.
Even worse, the shots, even several with a defender in range, weren't falling as Georgetown finished 9 of 31. Cameron and Smith-Rivera each hit 3 of 8 while Peak made both of his attempts. Campbell missed four of five.
Smith-Rivera and Peak sinking back-to-back 3-pointers helped fuel Georgetown's turnaround from down 41-33. Connecticut not making a basket until 12:50 remained in the second half did as well.
* In the first half, the Hoyas only hit 4 of 14 from deep. Centers Bradley Hayes and Jessie Govan had the size edge, but took just one shot combined. Cameron hit a few early and finished with 10 points, but the Huskies were content with him shooting rather than Smith-Rivera. The senior guard found more room in the second half, scoring nine points.
*Meanwhile, UConn's guards repeatedly got into the lane for shots at the rim or fouls on the Hoyas. The Huskies sank 50 percent of their first half attempts with Purvis and Gibbs combining for 20 points.
* The modern era of basketball is filled with big men wanting to play small. Not Hayes. It's not just that the 7-footer primarily shoots around the basket, but the type of shots. Twice he hit seldom-used hook shots and both with his left hand. At least one notable basketball analysts noticed.
* Isaac Copeland started but scored only two points on 1 of 5 shooting while missing all three of his 3-point tries. The sophomore was also missing on the court down the stretch as coach John Thompson III turned elsewhere. Don't forget Copeland went scoreless against Xavier. As for his 3-point shot, he's 3 of 20 (15 percent) over the last six games.
*Next up, a rematch with Creighton Tuesday at Verizon Center. The Hoyas lost 79-66 in Omaha on Jan. 5.