Summers Scores 18, Leads Georgetown Past Towson, 69-41
Dec. 20, 2006
Washington, D.C. - Freshman forward DaJuan Summers (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) scored a career-high 18 points and Georgetown put three players in double figures en route to a 69-41 win over Towson in front of 5,654 fans at Verizon Center Wednesday night.
It was the fourth-straight win for the Hoyas, who improve to 8-3 overall, while the Tigers fall to 5-5.
The Hoyas connected on 58.7 percent of their field goals (27-of-46), the fourth-straight game the Hoyas had connected on at least 55 percent of their shots from the field. It was the second-straight game the Hoyas held their opponent to 42 points or fewer and it improved the team's record to 27-1 under third-year head coach John Thompson III when scoring at least 69 points.
The Hoyas led by eight points (34-26) at the break and extended the lead to 12 points after a dunk from junior center Roy Hibbert (Adelphi, Md./Georgetown Prep) and a layup from Summers. Towson guard Gary Neal, who scored a game-high 26 points, hit a three-pointer to cut the lead to nine points, 38-29, but the Hoyas used a 12-4 run over a span of 6:38 and took a 50-33 lead on a layup from freshman forward Vernon Macklin (Portsmouth, Va./Hargrave Military Academy).
Towson got no closer than 13 points the rest of the way and Georgetown opened a 20-point lead, 58-38, on a layup by junior forward Jeff Green (Hyattsville, Md./Northwestern) and then took their biggest lead of the game, 69-41, on a three-point play from Macklin in the final minute.
The teams traded baskets to open the game, but a three from Wallace and a jumper from Summers gave the Hoyas a 7-3 lead. Towson took a 9-7 lead on a three-pointer from Neal, but the Hoyas scored seven-straight points and took a 14-9 lead on a Wallace three-pointer with 11:45 to play.
The GU lead grew to six points, 19-13, on a Green layup, but the Tigers pulled to within two points, 19-17, after a pair of free throws from Tim Crossin. The Hoyas widened the gap to 10 points, 30-20, with an 11-3 run over a span of 2:13 - aided by three-pointers from Green, Wallace and Summers. A three-pointer from Neal with five seconds left in the half cut the lead to 34-26 at intermission.
Summers connected on 7-of-9 shots from the field, and 4-of-6 from three-point land, to score a team-high 18 points. Junior guard Jonathan Wallace (Harvest, Ala./Sparkman) added 14 points and four assists, while Green finished with 12 points, six rebounds and five assists. Hibbert finished with six points, five rebounds and three blocked shots, junior Tyler Crawford (Stuarts Draft, Va./Frank Cox) added six points, four assists and three rebounds, junior Patrick Ewing (Marietta, Ga./National Christian Academy) added six points and Macklin finished with five points and four boards.
The Hoyas shot 58.7 percent from the floor (27-of-46), 57.1 percent from three-point land (12-of-21) and hit 3-of-8 free throws (37.5%). GU controlled the boards, 36-21, and handed out 16 assists while committing 16 turnovers.
The Hoyas are back in action again on Saturday, December 23, playing Navy in the final game of a season-long five game homestand. Tip-off is slated for 1 p.m. at Verizon Center.