Summers' 18 help Hoyas rout Towson

Georgetown 69 Towson 41

December 21, 2006|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,Sun reporter

WASHINGTON -- Roy Hibbert, Georgetown's 7-foot-2 center, was slowed by early foul trouble.

Towson also knew to account for veteran forward Jeff Green and point guard Jonathan Wallace.

The crowd might not have anticipated a breakout game from DaJuan Summers, but the Tigers, who know their way around Baltimore, understood the capabilities of the freshman forward out of McDonogh School and the Cecil-Kirk Recreation Center.

Summers was a large part of the difference in Georgetown's 69-41 romp over Towson last night, as he played a mature floor game and scored 18 points, the high in a college career that's just getting started.

Georgetown (8-3) backed up its fewest points allowed in 21 years - 32 by Winston-Salem State - as Towson (5-5) made just 26.1 percent of its shots and had it lowest output since January 2002.

Gary Neal, the Tigers' senior guard, broke out of a shooting slump with 26 points on seven three-pointers, which tied his school record. He got little help from his teammates, however, as they clearly were intimidated at the offensive end by one of the Big East Conference favorites.

The Hoyas made 12 of 21 threes against a collapsing 2-3 zone that was too slow to rotate.

Summers made four of his six attempts from long distance, worked both the wing and high post in the half court, had five rebounds and two assists, and had something to do with Towson scoring just 15 points in the second half.

Neal crammed 17 points into the first half. Coming out of the break, he found the 6-8 Summers checking him and got one shot in the first five minutes of the second.

"We wanted to get a bigger body, a longer person, on Gary," said John Thompson III, the Georgetown coach. "DaJuan has the skill set, and slowly but surely, he's gaining appreciation for defense. He's not a defensive stopper yet, but he has the capacity to be one.

"The first time I told him that, he looked at me funny."

Like his father, Thompson doesn't make his freshmen available to the media until the second semester.

Summers' versatility had to catch the eye of the NBA scouts taking notes. It would have qualified as a coming-out party, except that the crowd of 5,654 at Verizon Center seemed more like family and friends in a cavernous NBA arena.

Georgetown clung to a 22-20 lead in the 17th minute, but the Hoyas never looked back after Summers had bookend threes in a 12-3 run.

The one look Summers gave Neal before the first media timeout in the second half left the Towson guard five of seven from the field. At the time, the rest of the Tigers were a pitiful 2-for-20.

"Tonight was a step backward," Towson coach Pat Kennedy said.

Towson lost for the fifth time in eight games. Kennedy tried his fourth lineup of the young season, going small against the biggest team on his schedule, as sophomore Tim Crossin and junior C.C. Coleman worked the perimeter with Neal.

paul.mcmullen@baltsun.com

TOWSON-Williams 1-5 0-0 3, Crossin 0-3 2-2 2, Neal 7-13 5-6 26, Abraham 1-9 0-0 2, Tubbs 1-4 0-2 2, Coleman 0-2 0-0 0, Breaux 2-3 2-2 6, Spruill 0-3 0-0 0, Pease 0-4 0-0 0, Raboin 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 12-46 9-12 41. GEORGETOWN-Wallace 5-5 0-0 14, Summers 7-9 0-0 18, Sapp 1-5 0-0 2, Green 5-8 1-4 12, Hibbert 3-6 0-0 6, Macklin 2-3 1-2 5, Izzo 0-0 0-0 0, Rivers 0-2 0-0 0, Crawford 2-3 0-0 6, Spann 0-0 0-0 0, Ewing Jr. 2-3 1-2 6, Egerson 0-2 0-0 0, Dizdarevic 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-46 3-8 69. Half-Georgetown 34-26. 3-point goals-Towson 8-22 (Neal 7-9, Williams 1-2, Tubbs 0-1, Crossin 0-1, Coleman 0-1, Spruill 0-1, Pease 0-3, Abraham 0-4), Georgetown 12-21 (Wallace 4-4, Summers 4-6, Crawford 2-3, Ewing Jr. 1-1, Green 1-1, Egerson 0-1, Rivers 0-2, Sapp 0-3). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-Towson 21 (Tubbs 4), Georgetown 36 (Green 6). Assists-Towson 6 (Crossin 2), Georgetown 16 (Green 5). Total fouls-Towson 13, Georgetown 15. A-5,654.

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