WASHINGTON - Freshman forward Antwan Walker (Washington, D.C./Hargrave Military Academy [Va.]) led a balanced scoring effort as five Hoyas scored in double figures as the Georgetown men's basketball team cruised to a dominant 89-49 win over Alabama A&M (0-13) on Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Hoyas close out the nonconference slate with a 10-1 record and will open BIG EAST Conference play on Wednesday, Dec. 27.
"That's what it's going to have to take," Head Coach Patrick Ewing said of the balanced scoring. "Jessie is going to have big nights but we are going to need everyone. Everyone is going to have to chip in, we will need balanced scoring when BIG EAST starts next week."
Walker's 16 points led a quintet of Hoyas in double figures and he added four rebounds and two steals in 15 minutes on the floor. Freshman guard Jahvon Blair (Brampton, Ont./Athlete Institute Prep) chipped in 13 points, adding a pair of steals coming off the bench. Junior center Jessie Govan (Queens Village, N.Y./Wings Academy) tallied 11 points, a squad-best seven boards and added three assists and a pair of steals. Junior forward Kaleb Johnson (South Hill, Va./The Carlisle School) nabbed 10 points and grabbed four rebounds in 27 minutes on the floor. Rounding out those in double figures was freshman guard Jamorko Pickett (Washington, D.C./Massanutten Military Academy [Va.]) who added 10 points and a trio of boards. Graduate student guard Trey Dickerson (Queens, N.Y./God's Academy [Texas]/South Dakota) and sophomore guard Jagan Mosely (Marlboro, N.J./St. Anthony) paced the offense with six and five assists, respectively.
For the game, Georgetown shot 56.7 percent from the floor on 34-for-60 shooting. The Hoyas outrebounded the Bulldogs, 38-30, and the GU bench managed 43 points to A&M's 19.
The Blue & Gray opened the game on a pair of buckets to take the 4-0 lead but as both teams traded baskets, the game was tied 7-7 with 16:04 on the clock. The Hoyas staged a 14-6 run with five different players putting up points over the 5:22 span. Following an AAMU basket to pull the Bulldogs within six, 21-15, the Blue & Gray held Alabama A&M scoreless for more than four minutes.
The Hoyas scored 12-straight points behind a pair of treys from Blair, a commanding dunk followed by a tip-in from Walker and a layup from Dickerson. Georgetown closed the half on 23-6 run and went into the break with the 44-21 lead.
The second half saw Walker score 10 of his career-high 16 points. As both teams went back and forth, the Hoyas comfortably held a 20+ point lead through the frame but a Blair 3-pointer extended the lead to 30, 69-39, at 7:53. Georgetown continued to push ahead as Dickerson maneuvered around inside to get a layup followed by a pair of buckets and a duo of free throws from Walker to propel GU to a 38-point advantage, 77-39. The Hoyas comfortably held on through the final minutes and secured the 89-49 win.
For the game, Alabama A&M shot 33.9 percent from the floor. Mohamed Sherif led the Bulldogs in scoring with 12 points, nailing 6-of-10 field goals.
Georgetown returns to action on Wednesday, Dec. 27, when it opens BIG EAST Conference play, welcoming Butler University to the District. Tipoff at Capital One Arena is set for 6:30 p.m. The game will be shown live on FS1 with Kevin Kugler handling the play-by-play and Donny Marshall providing the color analysis. The game can be heard locally on WNEW 99.1 FM with Rich Chvotkin handling the call.