Georgetown overpowers Towson by 51 points

Hoyas' defense gets 33 turnovers, 14 blocks vs. poor-shooting Tigers

November 25, 2001|By Nathan Max | Nathan Max,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WASHINGTON - Although the season is still young, it is not difficult to decipher Towson University's biggest problem: The Tigers can't seem to keep the ball for very long.

Last night, Towson turned the ball over 33 times, shot 26 percent from the field and was routed, 91-40, by No. 16 Georgetown before a crowd of 2,692 at McDonough Arena in the John Thompson Classic. The Tigers will play their second game of the new tribute series against Howard on Dec. 20 at MCI Center.

Baltimore native Kevin Braswell (Lake Clifton) scored a game-high 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting, and five Hoyas finished in double figures. Braswell, averaging only 10 points entering the game, scored 18 of his points in the first half as the Hoyas (3-1) cruised. Gerald Riley added 14 points for Georgetown, whose 51-point margin fell short of its 61-point win over Marymount in its season-opener.

Sophomore guard Calvin Dotson led the Tigers (1-2) with 11 points, but Georgetown's defense smothered Towson shooters with 14 blocked shots.

Towson's problems started when it turned the ball over on its opening two possessions. The giveaways continued unabated. The Tigers, who are averaging 24.7 turnovers through three games, lost the ball 13 times in the opening 11:31 and 16 times in the first half.

"Obviously, we're not doing a good job of the basics," said first-year Towson coach Michael Hunt, whose team finished 13 of 50 from the floor and lost its second straight. "Our team has got to get tougher with the ball and take some pride in taking care of the ball. Right now, we're just too loose with it."

That, and poor shooting caused partly by Georgetown's shot blockers, put the Tigers in a 49-23 hole at halftime. Towson, which shot 50 percent from the floor in its first two games, went 6 for 27 (22 percent) in the first half.

"When you play a team like Georgetown, you have to make a decision whether you're going to settle for jump shots or continue to go inside," Hunt said. "Our philosophy is to go inside first, and we didn't want to change that regardless of who we were playing. What can you expect? Georgetown has an NBA-sized front line."

The Hoyas' starting front line featured 7-foot Wesley Wilson, 6-8 Michael Sweetney and 6-8 Victor Samnick. By comparison, the Tigers' tallest player is Mike Shin at 6-8.

The Hoyas (3-1) shot 36 of 72 (50 percent) from the field, including 20 of 36 (56 percent) in the first half. And many of those were high-percentage shots that came after Towson handed Georgetown the ball.

The Tigers led 10-7 after a 15-foot jumper by Shin with 15:38 remaining in the first half, but quickly fell apart. Georgetown countered with a 29-6 run over the next 10:38 and moved ahead 36-16 on a layup by Victor Samnick. During that stretch, Towson hit just one field goal and turned the ball over numerous times.

"It's been a problem, but it's something we're trying to work on," Dotson said. "It's just a matter of time before we get things right."

The Tigers fell to 2-12 all-time against Big East teams. It was the first meeting between Towson and Georgetown.

Associated Press contributed to this article.

TOWSON-Blanks 0-4 2-2 2, Sutton 0-5 3-5 3, Shin 4-14 1-2 9, Allen 1-4 1-2 4, Dotson 4-6 1-2 11, Reaves 1-3 2-2 4, Weatherspoon 2-6 0-0 4, Goodman 1-3 0-0 2, Dixon 0-3 1-2 1, Augustus 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 13-50 11-17 40. GEORGETOWN-Samnick 5-9 2-2 13, Sweetney 2-5 1-2 5, wilson 5-6 2-2 12, Braswell 8-13 3-3 21, Riley 6-12 2-2 14, Freeman 4-9 1-1 10, Faulkner 0-1 0-2 0, Hall 2-5 2-3 7, Thomas 4-12 1-2 9. Totals 36-72 14-19 91. Halftime-Georgetown, 49-23. 3-point goals-Towson 3-8 (Dotson 2-2, Allen 1-4, Reaves 0-1, Goodman 0-1); Georgetown-5-12 (Braswell 2-2, Samnick 1-1, Hall 1-2, Freeman 1-3, Thomas 0-1, Riley 0-3). Fouled out-none. Rebounds-Towson 35 (Sutton, Shin 8); Georgetown 46 (Samnick 8). Assists-Towson 5 (Sutton, Allen, Dotson, Reaves, Dixon); Georgetown 20 (Braswell 7). Total fouls-Towson 17; Georgetown 19. A-2,692.

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