Mount St. Mary’s, Md. 58, Georgetown 69
WASHINGTON (AP)—Georgetown had just finished its eighth win in nine games.
John Thompson III was anything but pleased.
The No. 15 Hoyas scored a 69-58 win over Mount St. Mary’s on Saturday, but one would have never guessed if from talking to Georgetown’s coach.
“I’m not sure I’m pleased with anyone,” he said. “We did not play well.”
The Hoya players are ending a grinding two-week exam period, but Thompson didn’t want to attribute this sub-par 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 3-pointer with the shot clock expiring gave the Hoyas’ their biggest lead of the game.
DaJuan Summers added 13 points for the Hoyas (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. It wasn’t that we had a bad shooting (game). The effort wasn’t there.”
Kelly Biedler had 16 points for Mount St. Mary’s (3-7), which lost its fifth straight. Their leading scorer, Jeremy Goode, who averages 17.6 points per game, 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 Mountaineers didn’t go down easily. They cut the lead to 58-52 with 4:44 remaining, before Georgetown held them 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 fifteenth in the country for nothing.”
Wright and his teammates had to make up for a poor game from 6-foot-11 freshman Greg Monroe, who scored just eight points—four in the last 61 seconds. He picked up his third foul barely a minute into the second half and played only 24 minutes.
Georgetown played for the first time in a week, since scoring a rugged overtime win over No. 23 Memphis. The Hoyas’ only loss came against No. 16 Tennessee, and they have one more non-conference game remaining—Dec. 23 against Florida International.
Then comes Big East play and a date with No. 2 Connecticut.
Georgetown was playing the Mount for the first time since Jan. 3, 1962— somewhat surprising because the schools are located just about 70 miles apart.
“Conference play is right around the corner,” Thompson said. “I don’t want to say we’re looking down the road.”
Mount St. Mary’s, whose previous four losses were by five points or less, stayed with Georgetown most of the first half. Austin Freeman’s layup with 3:29 left gave the Hoyas a 26-24 lead. Georgetown ended the half on a 9-0 run to lead 33-24.
Mount St. Mary’s aggressive play kept them in the game, but their poor free throw shooting didn’t help. Even though the Hoyas missed their first four free throws, the Mount missed six of its 13 attempts.