Morgan gets large dose of Georgetown: 86-68 loss

Hoyas settle it quickly

Jenifer has 22 for Bears

January 11, 2001|By Christian Ewell | Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF

WASHINGTON - It didn't take Morgan State long to find out that 12th-ranked Georgetown was for real last night.

The Bears fell behind 18-0 in the first six minutes, and the Hoyas cruised to an 86-68 victory at McDonough Arena.

It was Georgetown's 14th straight win in the series. Ruben Boumtje Boumtje had 19 points, tops among four Hoyas in double figures.

Anton Jenifer led Morgan with 22 points, but he didn't start hitting 25-foot jumpers until the Hoyas were well in command.

After getting blown out of the gate - Boumtje Boumtje won the opening tip, then Demetrius Hunter took a pass from Michael Sweetney for a layup within three seconds - the Bears (2-10) used the remaining time to reinvent themselves, outscoring the Hoyas 29-27 over the final 14:06 of the half.

Morgan coach Chris Fuller would not comment after the game. But for the Bears, playing Georgetown (14-0) offers few positives. The school's athletic department gets a guaranteed amount of money for coming to Washington. And Bears players get to brag about playing against a prominent Big East team.

But the timing couldn't have been worse last night for Morgan State. The team had lost its previous seven games. Some of those came in guaranteed games against Florida State and Georgia Tech.

But most recently, the team had punted on its chances to win against Hampton and Norfolk State, wasting a 15-point lead in the latter game.

The Bears' plight offered a striking contrast to the situation at Georgetown, where the home team hadn't lost all year. Despite an early-season full of lightweight opponents, the Hoyas had to feel good about themselves after silencing critics with a convincing win over highly touted Seton Hall.

Georgetown coach Craig Esherick said the win legitimized his team with outsiders, but he was concerned about how it would affect his players if they "would worry about how others saw us."

He saw a faint potential for an upset by a Morgan team that played decent basketball at Florida State last month.

Georgetown justified its own confidence, forcing four Morgan State turnovers over the first five minutes. The Hoyas provided the hallmark of dominance against an overmatched opponent, scoring 20 of their first 26 points on dunks and layups.

It took a running jumper and two long threes by Jenifer - one from 25 feet and another from 28 - to get Morgan State to loosen up after looking like a frazzled mess early on.

From that point, the 12:16 mark, until they went to halftime with a 45-29 deficit, the Bears managed to be competitive against the Hoyas.

In the second half, Georgetown went on a 12-2 run that provided its biggest lead of the game, 78-53, with 6:39 left. In addition to Boumtje Boumtje, Anthony Perry finished with 15 points off the bench, Sweetney had 12 and Hunter 10. Curtis King finished with 13 points for the Bears.

With the final guarantee game out of the way, Morgan turns its attention back to play in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, where the Bears will play host to North Carolina A&T and South Carolina State this weekend. With a 1-4 league record, they have yet another hole they must climb out of.

MORGAN STATE-Winkfield 1-6 1-1 3, Jenifer 6-14 8-9 22, King 5-10 3-4 13, Canady 0-2 2-2 2, Sims 4-10 1-2 9, Barrow 0-0 0-0 0, McNeill 2-3 0-0 5, Recce 2-8 0-0 4, Dukes 3-7 0-0 8, Frederick 0-1 0-0 0, Ward 1-2 0-1 2. Totals 24-63 15-19 68.

GEORGETOWN-Hunter 4-6 2-4 10, Braswell 1-3 2-2 5, Riley 1-6 0-0 2, Sweetney 4-6 4-6 12, Boumtje 7-9 5-6 19, Perry 5-8 2-2 15, Ross 0-0 0-0 0, Hillier 0-1 0-0 0, Samnick 3-7 0-0 6, Burton 1-2 0-0 2, Scruggs 3-10 1-1 7, Wilson 4-8 0-0 8. Totals 33-63 16-21 86. Half: Georgetown, 45-29. 3-point goals: MS 5-15 (Dukes 2-3, Jenifer 2-6, McNeill 1-1, Winkfield 0-5); G 4-15 (Perry 3-6, Braswell 1-2, Hunter 0-2, Riley 0-2, Scruggs 0-3). Rebounds: MS 32 (Canady 4); G 45 (Boumtje 7). Assists: MS 16 (Dukes 5); G 20 (Braswell 5). Total fouls: MS 19, G 19. A: 1,873.

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