No. 15 Georgetown beats Mount St. Mary's, 69-58


But Hoyas coach says: 'I'm not sure I'm pleased with anyone'

December 21, 2008|By From Sun staff and news services

Georgetown had just finished its eighth win in nine games.

John Thompson III was anything but pleased.

The No. 15 Hoyas earned a 69-58 victory over Mount St. Mary's yesterday in Washington, but one would have never guessed it from talking to Georgetown's coach.

"I'm not sure I'm pleased with anyone," he said. "We did not play well."

The Hoyas players are ending a grinding two-week exam period, but Thompson didn't want to attribute this subpar performance to academics, either.

"Mentally we had a bad day today," Thompson said. "I expect more of this group."

Georgetown was led by Chris Wright, who scored 19 points, including seven during a decisive second-half run. The Hoyas shot a season-low 38 percent to beat the pesky Mountaineers, and the game was in doubt until Wright led an 11-1 spurt to take a 47-33 lead with 11:01 left. His off-balance three-pointer with the shot clock expiring gave the Hoyas their biggest lead of the game.

DaJuan Summers (McDonogh) added 13 points for Georgetown (8-1). Jessie Sapp had a career-high nine rebounds.

"Even though we won the game, I don't think anyone feels like we won," Summers said. "Next game won't be like this - any game. ... The effort wasn't there."

Kelly Biedler had 16 points for Mount St. Mary's (3-7), which lost its fifth straight. The Mountaineers' leading scorer, Jeremy Goode, who came in averaging 17.6 points, was held to eight. He missed 10 of his 12 field-goal attempts.

"We wanted to shadow him and have everybody else aware of him," Thompson said.

Still, the Mount didn't go down easily. The team cut the lead to 58-52 with 4:44 remaining before Georgetown held Mount St. Mary's scoreless for 3 1/2 minutes to put the game away.

"We had a couple of lapses that could have put us in a position to win," Mount St. Mary's coach Milan Brown said.

"They can all shoot. They can all drive. They're not 15th in the country for nothing."

Wright and his teammates had to make up for a poor game from freshman Greg Monroe, 6 feet 11, who scored just eight points - four in the final 61 seconds.

CANISIUS 68, NAVY 63:: Julius Coles scored 19 points and Frank Turner added 16 as the host Golden Griffins (4-7) beat the Midshipmen (8-3).

Kaleo Kina led Navy with 21 points, and Romeo Garcia had 11. The Midshipmen have lost two of three games after a seven-game winning streak.

Canisius ended a four-game losing streak.

In a game that featured 15 lead changes, the Golden Griffins sealed the victory with a 6-0 run over the final minute.

WAYNESBURG 81, FROSTBURG STATE 79:: Ryan Courneen scored a game-high 17 points and the Yellow Jackets (4-4) used six second-half three-pointers to edge the visiting Bobcats (3-5).

Busha Koffa had a career-high 14 points and added six rebounds for Frostburg State, which led 48-41 in the second half.

Keith Hazel and Juan Wansley (Arundel) added 11 points apiece for the Bobcats.

AUGUSTA STATE 75, BOWIE STATE 72:: Daniel Dixon made a three-pointer with 15 seconds remaining to lift the Jaguars over the host Bulldogs (5-5).

AUSTIN 78, STEVENSON 58:: The host 'Roos (4-4) used a big second half to turn a five-point lead into a rout in their victory over the Mustangs (2-7).

WISCONSIN-STOUT 70, GOUCHER 59:: The Blue Devils (3-6) ended a three-game losing streak with a win over the Gophers (1-7) on the first day of the Island Time Basketball Classic in Puerto Rico.


AUSTIN 69, STEVENSON 61:: The 'Roos (4-5) were 6-for-6 from the free-throw line down the stretch as they held off the visiting Mustangs (1-7).

GOUCHER 74, HOOD 70: : Despite 27 points and 16 rebounds from Jen Willison, the Blazers (2-7) lost narrowly to the visiting Gophers (4-4).

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