- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 11, 2001

GEORGETOWN 86, MORGAN ST. 68

No letdown. No mercy.
It took No. 12 Georgetown just six minutes last night to dispatch overmatched Morgan State.
The undefeated Hoyas started the game with an 18-0 run and cruised to an 86-68 victory before a sparse crowd at McDonough Arena. With the win, the Hoyas (14-0) matched the 1989-90 squad for the second-best start in the program's history. Only the 1984-85 team, which eventually lost the national title game, started the season on a stronger note (18-0). The Hoyas play host to Big East newcomer Virginia Tech on Saturday afternoon at MCI Center before heading to the Meadowlands on Monday for a rematch with No. 15 Seton Hall.
"I thought that was a tough game for us to play in the middle of our Big East schedule," coach Craig Esherick said about the last of Georgetown's collection of early season patsies. "I was concerned that we'd focused so much on [last week's victory over] Seton Hall, that we'd come out flat. I actually thought the starters did a great job giving us something early… . I'm just glad the game is over really."
The Morgan State bus was literally idling in the parking lot throughout the second half last night; the game-opening Georgetown run left little doubt about the game's eventual winner. Though the 34 minutes that followed were ragged, Georgetown's six-minute entree was as flawless as it was frustratingly final for the visiting Bears (2-10).
Four different Hoyas scored during the scorching start, with a pair of alley oops from junior point guard Kevin Braswell to sophomore Demetrius Hunter defining the spurt. By the time Morgan State finally got on the board, on a 28-foot bomb from point guard Anton Jenifer (22 points) with 13:48 remaining in the first half, most of the Hoyas were already thinking about Virginia Tech.
Georgetown spokesman Bill Shapland assured the media the 18-0 opening run was the longest blanking in his 17 years on the Hilltop. But with scores like Georgetown's 58-3 victory over Maryland in 1907, it's reasonably safe to assume no official records were broken. But a weaker backboard might have been.
"When the game starts, that's showtime," said Hunter (10 points). "Kevin and I don't practice the oops, though. That's just basketball instinct… . It was some run at the start, but we've got to do a better job of finishing teams off. We've had a tendency to do that get up big and then relax. When we learn the killer instinct, then we'll be one hell of a team."
The Hoyas have two full months of Big East play to polish their closing mentality. Again last night, the team demonstrated its balance and depth, putting 10 players into the scoring column and dominating both inside and out. On the interior, senior center Ruben Boumtje Boumtje (19 points, seven rebounds and three blocks) did most of the damage, pounding away on the undersized Bears. While Boumtje Boumtje often looked uninspired on the defensive end, his indifference to mauling midgets was understandable.
In the backcourt, Braswell basically took the game off after the team's opening spurt, but senior guard Anthony Perry continued his renaissance from the off-guard slot. For the fourth consecutive game, Perry came off the bench and buried a bevy of 3-pointers to reach double digits in scoring. Last night, the 6-foot-3 guard from Jersey City, N.J., made five of his eight shots, including three 3-pointers to finish with 15 points in 24 minutes.
"I wouldn't expect anybody to shoot the ball as well as Anthony has, not Sleepy Floyd or Reggie Williams," Esherick said. "Anthony has shot the ball better in December and January than anybody we've ever had."


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