Georgetown coach John Thompson III wanted to play some of his reserves in Saturday's game against Mount St. Mary's. Although he has a starting lineup full of underclassmen adjusting to new roles, he is trying to build a bench, too. But in the one game this month in which that looked likely, Thompson's starters still logged heavy minutes. Georgetown didn't pull away from the Mountaineers until late in Saturday's 72-50 victory.
Starter Greg Whittington had to play all 40 minutes, and guard Markel Starks and star forward Otto Porter Jr. both went 36. That's not ideal after two tough games against UCLA and Indiana last week and with upcoming games against Tennessee and Texas.
"That's now how I wanted [Saturday] to be. We have some guys, from Moses [Ayegba] to Stephen Domingo to Aaron Bowen to Bradley Hayes, that we need to get ready," Thompson said. "But it was an eight-point game with five or six minutes to go. ... As much as we have to get past our first seven, those guys are still settling into new roles and totally new positions that they have to get accustomed to before league play starts -- before eight, nine and 10 get ready."
- Brian McNally