WASHINGTON — The long face on Drew Edwards during a postgame press conference on Saturday afternoon told the story at Capital One Arena.

Edwards had just enjoyed the best game of his career, a wonderful combination of his usual gritty toughness spiced up with an uncommon knack for making big shots. His career-best 19 points off the bench came at just the right time but weren’t enough to prevent another Friar loss, this one a painful 96-90 defeat in double overtime to Georgetown.

“It’s hard, it’s really hard,” Edwards said. “To make the same mistake twice, it just hurts.”

Edwards was referring to his team’s inability to close out three-point leads at both the end of regulation and the first overtime. Those errors allowed Mac McClung and James Akinjo to fire in 3-point daggers that left the Friars stunned and still in search of their first conference victory (0-3).

“We could be 3-0 right now,” Edwards said, “but we came up short three times. We have to move forward and keep on pushing. The thing is we feel we’re one of the best teams in the league, if not the best team. It stinks.”

Edwards, of Perry Hall, Md., came on in the second half when starting guard Maliek White (0-of-7 FG) struggled. The red-shirt junior has played inconsistent minutes this season as freshman A.J. Reeves and now White grabbed most of the playing time.

“It’s hard at times,” Edwards conceded. “I have to stay with the young guys and keep them going. Coach (Ed Cooley) always says you have to stay ready, so my job is to just stick with it.”

Early strategy works

It didn’t take long to decipher just what Cooley’s focus on offense would be in the Friars’ annual trip to the nation’s capital.

The Friars looked inside early and often against a Georgetown team that lacks size and strength around the rim. Nate Watson, who hails from nearby Arlington, Va., sprinted the floor and dropped in a layup off the opening tip. That was a sign of things to come.

Watson went on to torch Georgetown center Jessie Govan in the post most of the first half. He scored 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting, all around the rim. Kalif Young came off the bench and scored three buckets of his own as the two centers combined for 18 of the Friars' 24 points in the paint.

The parade to the rim clearly had to be a galling sight for Hoya coach Patrick Ewing, one of the greatest defensive centers of all-time. Toward the end of the half, he chose to replace Govan in the lineup with little-used freshman Grayson Carter. The lineup switch worked wonders as the 6-foot-8 Carter, who had scored six points all season, played a much stouter brand of defense and also knocked in a 3-point shot as the Hoyas closed the half on a 9-0 run.

Ready to rise and shine

The Friars were up early at their D.C. hotel in advance of the noon tip off. It’s a pre-game routine they’ll have to get used to.

The team breakfast at 8:15 a.m. served as both a wake-up call and early nourishment. This was the first of six noon starts for the Friars. They’ll play two on the road and three at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

The Friars were ready for the early start. They hit 11 of their first 17 shots and ran the floor very well on the way to a quick 23-17 lead. PC built leads of as many as 11 points (36-25) in the half before fading late and taking a 36-34 advantage into the half.

Around the rim

The Friars traveled to D.C. on Thursday and the staff spent the night on the recruiting trail. The destination was a local high school game matching traditional Washington powers DeMatha and St. John’s. PC is recruiting DeMatha junior Earl Timberlake, a 6-5 wing scorer who is regarded as one of the better underclassman in the D.C. area. … Cooley’s daughter, Olivia, will be a freshman at Georgetown next fall. … The Hoyas have sons of former NBA stars Alonzo Mourning (Trey) and George Muresan (George) on the roster. They also have a top transfer sitting out in 7-footer Omer Yurtseven, who played two years at North Carolina State.