- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 1, 2002

It's black, it's gold, it's the "Towson Turnover Express."
The Towson Tigers rolled into the nation's capital yesterday, and protecting the ball was the last thing on their minds. For 40 minutes, the Tigers had the ball flying everywhere but where it needed to go.
Towson turned the ball over 32 times and Georgetown took full advantage to score 41 of its points in an 81-52 romp before 6,107 at MCI Center. Guard Gerald Riley's 22 points led four Hoyas in double figures.
Starting guards Brian Allen and Jamaal Gilchrist accounted for 15 of Towson's turnovers as the Tigers were just four shy of tying the school record. Georgetown had 14,
"We played good defense on their guards and we pressured them a lot, which made them turn the ball over," Riley said.
Last season Allen turned it over 150 times more than five per game as Towson's point guard. Gilchrist, a 6-foot Texas A&M; transfer, was brought in this season to alleviate Towson's backcourt comedy and allow Allen to move to shooting guard.
Against lesser competition, that's probably a good idea. Against undefeated Georgetown (3-0), it was a recipe for disaster. Allen, who came into the game as Towson's leading scorer at 19.0, turned the ball over seven times and scored just two points.
Gilchrist, Towson's No.2 scorer at 12.5, committed a game-high eight turnovers and scored just four points. With Allen and Gilchrist dominating the ball, the Baltimore area school didn't stand much of a chance against Georgetown's swarming defense.
"I came into the game knowing that if we did a good job on their two guards that they would have trouble handling the ball," Georgetown coach Craig Esherick said. "We have a pretty good defensive team too. We can create a lot of havoc and put a lot of people in the game, too. Allen and Gilchrist probably had four or five different people guarding both of them during the whole game. That's got to wear down both of them."
The Hoyas finished with 25 steals, two shy of tying the school single-game record. Victor Samnick, Georgetown's 6-8 defensive stopper, finished with a game-high five steals. For the season, Georgetown's opponents are averaging 24.3 turnovers and the Hoyas are winning games by an average of 34 points.
"I thought our guards really struggled because we asked them to handle the ball against the pressure," Towson coach Michael Hunt said. "We felt like going into the game that would be a good way to attack them with both those guards in the backcourt. It didn't work as well as we wanted it to at times. We allowed Georgetown to push us into the trapping spots, and our spacing got bad."
The Tigers (1-2), who are in their second year in the Colonial Athletic Association, were preoccupied with shutting down the Hoyas' interior, and it worked to a degree. Mike Sweetney, Georgetown's consensus first-team All-American power forward, scored a season-low 10 points on 4-for-10 shooting from the field but also had eight rebounds, three blocks and two steals.
Sweetney uncharacteristically missed easy putbacks and didn't finish on some layups. The Tigers sagged on him and 6-11 center Wesley Wilson, who scored just three points but collected eight rebounds. As a result of his subpar scoring game, the 6-8 Sweetney (17.3 points) trails Riley (19.7 points) as the Hoyas' leading scorer.
Towson's concentration on interior defense opened up the perimeter, but the Hoyas did not make the Tigers pay for jamming the middle as Georgetown made just six of 22 3-pointers (27.3 percent). Coming in, 3-point shooting was a team strength at 48.1 percent (13 of 27).
"Some days you're on and some days you're off," said shooting guard Tony Bethel, who finished with 15 points and made two of five 3s. "You have days like that."


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