Georgetown wears down weary Morgan, 98-51 Hoyas control guards, erase Bears' early lead

November 18, 1997|By Phil Jackman | Phil Jackman,SUN STAFF

LANDOVER -- If they don't become too discouraged by a schedule in which they play 11 of their first 12 games on the road, a time-honored way to pick up a bunch of losses, the Morgan State Bears could become a good basketball team.

Such an assessment showed for only the first 10 minutes of a 98-51 loss to Georgetown at USAirways Arena last night, but the makings appear to be there.

At least John Thompson thought so. The Hoyas coach said: "I don't mind admitting we were nervous about this game. Morgan took Iona to overtime in its first game, and that's a team picked to win their league [Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference]."

It was that all-out effort against Iona in Baltimore on Saturday that probably hurt his team as much as anything else, Bears coach Chris Fuller said.

"We were tired. We had several players with heavy minutes in our opener and, after a while tonight, we didn't have any legs," he said.

"This was like our two exhibition games, these first two games, because we didn't get any practice games. And we've got some players who just don't know the college game. All we can hope is we got something positive out of this."

The positives came early when the usually effective Georgetown press didn't pose any problems for point guard Jimmy Fields. After five minutes, the Bears, under control, were ahead 14-12 on the strength of a Fields' three-pointer.

Patience then became a problem as Morgan began to miss open shots from mid-range and the Hoyas kept rebounding their own missed shots until they finally fell. In the middle 10 minutes of the first half, Georgetown leaped to a 36-20 advantage and the layup drill was on.

Thompson emphasized to his troops they had to contain Fields and three-point shooter Tremain Byrd, and they did that, limiting each to eight points. Freshman Curtis King led the Bears, who shot 30 percent from the field, with 15 points.

As happened in their opening victory over Georgia State on Saturday, the Hoyas had a half-dozen players in double figures led by freshman Trez Kilpatrick's 18. He also had 12 rebounds as Georgetown held a 61-27 advantage on the boards.

While Thompson was saying, "I don't know how good this team is or how good it can become," Fuller seemed most content just getting Morgan's 12th straight loss to the Hoyas out of the way.

His team had proven foils for Georgetown's racehorse style and he said: "The videotape of this game you use as a doorstop. This isn't a tape you show."

The Bears visit defending national champion Arizona in Tucson on Thursday. Who makes the Morgan schedule, anyway, the Marquis de Sade?

Pub Date: 11/18/97

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