- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 11, 2001

Michael Sweetney devoured last night's cream puff all by himself.

The Georgetown sophomore powered his way to a career-high 30 points, carrying the 18th-ranked Hoyas to a 91-65 victory over hapless Morgan State at MCI Center.

Georgetown (7-1) plays host to another walkover opponent Saturday at MCI Center in Norfolk State, then meets Howard (Dec. 17) before closing the pre-New Year schedule against heavyweights Virginia (Dec. 20) and UCLA (Dec. 29).

"I thought Mike played great," said Georgetown coach Craig Esherick. "It looked like a typical game that you play during exams. We were very sloppy and reverted to some of our bad tendencies from the preseason like not boxing out. But Mike really gave us some energy on the offensive end and he was the difference."

The 6-foot-8, 260-pound power forward from Oxon Hill simply savaged the slow-footed Bears (0-7), single-handedly hauling Georgetown into the lead after a sluggish start saw Morgan State take an 17-15 edge with 9:37 remaining in the first half. Perhaps angered by the lackadaisical performance of his teammates, Sweetney proceeded to score the Hoyas' next 13 points on nimble moves in the paint, staking Georgetown to a 28-23 lead after his solo mini-run.

"I hate to see us down and dragging," said Sweetney, who missed only three of his 14 attempts from the field and added 13 rebounds and four blocks. "Coach said we had to step up our energy level, and once we did that, started working our offense from the inside out, things started coming for us and we got out of the doldrums."

The final 30 minutes of the game belonged to the Georgetown big men, as Sweetney hit the 30-point mark on a free throw with 9:53 left that put the Hoyas ahead 74-59, eclipsing his former high of 28 established earlier this season against Towson. Junior center Wesley Wilson (18 points and six rebounds) and freshman swingman Harvey Thomas (12 points, seven rebounds) both joined Georgetown's frontline feast in the second half.

Morgan State's only course of action against the larger Hoyas seemed to be the personal foul, and the Bears racked up a game-halting 27 infractions as they tried to slow down Georgetown's inside assault.

The lone anxious moment for the Hoyas came with 6:17, when Sweetney came down with a rebound and landed awkwardly on the same bruised left heel that has bedeviled him all season. Sweetney limped off the floor and did not return to action but said afterward he expects to play Saturday.

"He came down on exactly the same spot as before and bruised the same bruise he got earlier this season [against Towson]," said Esherick. "But there's a lot of time between now and Saturday and I expect him to be able to go against Norfolk State."

In other injury news, Esherick said that freshman point guard Tony Bethel should return to practice this week and play sparingly in Saturday's game. Bethel, who has been out the last three weeks with mononucleosis and has had a series of positive test results, returned and has been cleared to play by the team doctors.

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