So far this season the Jaguars have proved that the second half has been make or break. It was a break in Monday night’s game against Georgetown (5-1) at the Verizon Center as IUPUI suffered its fifth loss of the season 81-58.
Senior Alex Young led the team in scoring with 16 points, but all came in the first half. He helped lead IUPUI to a one point deficit going into halftime. Young scored a quick 10 points in the first four minutes taking the score to 10-8, but Georgetown’s offense got rolling in the first half too and the teams’ traded buckets. Mitchell Patton finished the first half with a quick crib shot taking the score 32-31 at the buzzer. Patton gave another strong performance off the bench for the seventh game this season.
Within the first four minutes of the second half the script was completely flipped as the Jags were outscored 49-27.
Georgetown shot 49.3 percent from the floor overall and 57 percent in the second half as Hollis Thompson led the Hoyas with 21 points and 10 rebounds. He was one of three Hoyas to score in double digits. Henry Sims racked up 14 points while Markel Starks added 13. On the contrary, IUPUI shot just 35.5 percent overall and 30.3 percent in the second half. The only other Jag to score in double digits was Mitchell Patton with 11.
The Hoyas started the half scoring 10 consecutive points. Nate Lubick got the team going with a dunk from a fast break transition. IUPUI attempted a comeback after freshman Marcellus Barksdale’s free throws from being fouled on an offensive rebound pulling the Jags within seven points, 51-44.
Leader Young was held scoreless the entire second half but led with eight rebounds. Lyonell Gaines added eight points and five offensive rebounds while senior Stephen Thomas finished with five.
The Jags finished 0-2 all-time against the Hoyas and are now 1-10 against Big East teams with their only victory coming against Seton Hall in 2008.
IUPUI is now 2-5 on the season, losing all four away games. Conference play starts on Thursday in the Jungle when the Jags return home against South Dakota State.