Georgetown shakes off Morgan, 67-49 Close for 20 minutes, Bears hurt by 2nd-half drought

December 03, 1998|By Jerry Bembry | Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF

WASHINGTON -- Let's establish this point early: This is not your typical, feared Georgetown basketball team.

With three sophomores and one freshman in the starting lineup, the Hoyas are young. Extremely raw. And struggling for now, which gave Morgan State a chance last night.

The Bears -- who lost to the Hoyas by 47 points last season -- managed to play with Georgetown for part of the game, trailing by four at the half. But in the end, the Hoyas came away with a 67-49 win before 6,003 at the MCI Center.

It wasn't pretty. Georgetown, which had to come from behind to beat Bethune-Cookman by three on Monday, missed 16 of 17 three-pointers. Morgan shot 30.8 percent in the second half, including a stretch of nearly nine minutes without a field goal.

The difference: Morgan State made too many mistakes (22 turnovers) against a Georgetown team that had too much size with 6-foot-11 center Ruben Boumtje Boumtje (10 points, 12 rebounds) and 6-10 forward Jameel Watkins (eight points, three blocks).

"In the 94-foot game, we were OK," said Morgan coach Chris Fuller. "But when they went inside, we had no answers. I think the tremendous size advantage they had inside began to take its toll."

Despite a flat effort from top scorer Rasheed Sparks and the absence of their second-leading scorer, Curtis King (ankle injury), the Bears trailed 27-23 at the half mainly behind the shooting of reserve guard Jimmy Fields, who scored 10 of his 19 points in the first 20 minutes.

A three-pointer by Fields at the start of the second half cut the deficit to 27-26. But then the Bears went flat, failing to connect on a field goal for the next 8: 55. In the 12 possessions between field goals, Morgan missed eight shots and committed four turnovers.

Meanwhile, Georgetown increased its lead to 13 and never looked back. The Hoyas were helped by second-chance opportunities (19 offensive rebounds) and by limiting the Bears (five offensive rebounds) to mostly just one shot.

The one Morgan player who could negate Georgetown's size advantage, 6-11 sophomore center Michael Canady, was scoreless while playing just six first-half minutes. Canady has not started the past two games.

"He's just out of sync, and he needs to get the fire back in his belly like he had last year," Fuller said. "Right now, we're looking for some answers. We have all the questions."

Georgetown freshman guard Kevin Braswell (Lake Clifton/Maine Central Institute) scored 14.

MORGAN STATE -- Sparks 4-11 1-4 9, Lewis 2-7 3-4 7, Qualls 1-2 0-0 2, Demory 0-2 0-0 0, Heron 1-4 0-1 2, Fields 7-13 2-2 19, Reece 2-7 2-2 6, McBride 1-4 2-2 4, Van Hook 0-0 0-0 0, Bullock 0-1 0-0 0, Canady 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-51 10-15 49.

GEORGETOWN -- Burton 1-6 0-0 2, Watkins 4-5 0-2 8, Boumtje 4-11 2-6 10, Braswell 6-15 1-2 14, Perry 8-18 3-6 19, Kilpatrick 0-1 0-0 0, Touomou 1-3 2-2 4, Jackson 3-9 2-3 8, Taylor 0-0 0-0 0, Gibson 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 28-70 10-21 67.

Halftime--Georgetown, 27-23. 3-point goals--MS 3-10 (Fields 3-6, Demory 0-2, Sparks 0-2); G 1-17 (Braswell 1-4, Touomou 0-2, Burton 0-4, Perry 0-7). Rebounds--MS 34 (Sparks 8); G 49 (Boumtje 12). Assists--MS 10 (Fields, Heron, Sparks 2); G 16 (Braswell 5). Fouled out--Qualls. Total fouls--MS 20, G 15. A--6,003.

Pub Date: 12/03/98

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