Georgetown wins another ugly game (US Presswire)
WASHINGTON (AP) - Georgetown held Towson scoreless over the final 4½
minutes, and the No. 15 Hoyas won their second home clankfest in a row,
recovering from a 17-point first half to beat Towson 46-40 Saturday.
Whittington scored 11 points, and Mikael Hopkins and Otto Porter had 10
apiece for the Hoyas (7-1), who shot 17 percent in the first half and
29 percent for the game. Georgetown won with defense, forcing 22
turnovers and pulling away - if it could be called that - with a 4-0
Georgetown transfer Jerrelle Benimon had 11
points and 16 rebounds to lead the Tigers (4-5), who are rebuilding with
only three scholarship players from last season's 1-31 team.
Georgetown set the school record for scoring futility in the shot clock
era with a 37-36 over Tennessee on Nov. 30, coach John Thompson III
said he hadn't been a part of a game like it since he was 8 years old.
Now he can say he's seen two in eight days.
Unable to get quality
shots, Georgetown started a staggering 2 for 24 from the field before
Whittington's 3-pointer cut Towson's lead to 12-11 late in the first
half. The Hoyas had more shots blocked (6) than made field goals (5) in
the half, but they connected on a pair of backdoor plays in the final
two minutes to take a 17-15 lead at the break.
The Hoyas also hurt themselves at the free throw line, making 16 of 24 attempts for the game.
only loss came in overtime against No. 1 Indiana, and Towson was the
first of four home opponents in the soft part of the schedule that is
supposed to give Thompson a chance to give his bench some work.
the supposedly easy games are turning into challenges. Benimon, who
knows Thompson's system inside-out, played traffic cop on defense for a
team that seemed to know what was coming from the Hoyas' Princeton
Offense, especially in the first half. Towson's defense blanketed
Georgetown's shooters, crowded the passing lanes and frequently cut off
the backdoor option, forcing the Hoyas to settle for jumpers.
wasn't shooting much better, but the Tigers had better looks at the
basket and had several shots rim out. But they were also hampered by 10
The Hoyas finally started taking the ball
inside in the second half, drawing fouls and getting to the free throw
line. Towson's freshman point guard, Jerome Hairston, kept pace by
scoring eight straight points for the Tigers early in the half,
including a pair of 3-pointers.
Hairston's 3-pointer with 4:35
remaining cut Georgetown's lead to 42-40, but those were Towson's last
points. Turnovers and air balls haunted the Tigers the rest of the way.
is one three Towson transfers from Big East schools, including Bilal
Dixon (Providence) and Mike Burwell (South Florida). The Tigers have
also yet to play at home: Saturday's game was the ninth in a 10-game
road stretch to start the season.
Dixon scored five points and seven rebounds before fouling out with 6:31 to play.