The Bearcats get Syracuse up next. But thats not for another 12 hours or so. In the meantime lets talk about Georgetown
Georgetown Round Up
There were two horses in this game, Gates and Sims, two big men playing an anything-you-can-do-I-can-do-better game for 50 minutes. Gates finished with 23 points and eight rebounds, his yeoman’s efforts helping the Bearcats erase an 11-point deficit with nine minutes to play.
Today's game, through regulation, felt exactly like the loss we had to Cincinnati in early January. We outshot the Bearcats in the game in January, and outshot them again today. But once again, Mick Cronin and his cronies out-toughed Georgetown. Somehow, Gates and four guards grabbed 14 offensive rebounds today. In a game that came down to one possession, that kind of defensive rebounding wasn't going to get it done.
From that point however, the Hoyas stopped doing the things that earned them the large lead. Cincinnati went on a 6-0 run in less than 50 seconds, creating turnovers and turning them into fast break opportunities. The easy baskets gave Cincinnati confidence, and their half-court execution improved. The lead got smaller and smaller for the Hoyas, as a result of additional turnovers and poor free-throw shooting. On two separate occasions down the stretch, Markel Starks, one of the Hoyas more reliable free throw shooters, missed the front end of one and one situations which would have kept the Hoyas in front.
One win in a game on a neutral floor doesn't complete the return to form, but it's a really good sign. Cincy trailed for most of the game, but it stayed in it thanks to Yancy Gates' play. And how often have we been able to say that in the past? Gates has been improved ever since the brawl (I hate to mention it, but it is the only frame of reference for his turnaround in this case) and become a guy who isn't a black hole when he's on the floor.
Making the defeat sting more: Georgetown owned an 11-point lead with 9 minutes 11 seconds remaining in regulation. The Hoyas also wasted a career afternoon for senior Henry Sims, who followed Wednesday’s double-double with a 22-point, 15-rebound effort against Cincinnati.
In a game where the Bearcats struggled mightily from 3-point range—"To go 2-for-21 from 3 against Georgetown and win the game is unthinkable, to be honest with you," Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin said afterward—the Bearcats rode their senior team leader to a semifinal matchup with top-seeded Syracuse. Not only did Gates have 10 of Cincinnati’s final 11 points of regulation, but he had five points, two rebounds, a steal and an assist in the overtime sessions.
"We were both caught up on getting tough baskets down the stretch for our team," Gates said of his personal duel with Sims, who was an all-Big East third-team selection. "It was just a good battle between two big men, two seniors, trying to stay in New York for a day longer."
Well said Yancy
Yancy Gates and Mick Cronin Post Game
Watch the lack of change in the camera angle going from Yancy to Mick. I can't be the only person who laughs at that.
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