- The Washington Times - Saturday, December 21, 2002

The good news is that Georgetown has just one more obviously outclassed opponent left. The bad news is that the latest, Howard, became the first team this season to score more than 60 points against the Hoyas.
Power forward Mike Sweetney recorded his 26th career double-double with 23 points and 15 rebounds, point guard Tony Bethel matched his career high with 20 points and center Wesley Wilson scored a season-high 13 points and added a season-best nine rebounds as Georgetown routed the Bison 91-66 before 7,102 last night at MCI Center.
Coming into the game, undefeated (7-0) Georgetown had allowed an average of 54.2 points. If the Hoyas had kept the Bison off the offensive glass, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference team might have scored in the high 40s. Howard (1-6) finished with more offensive (19) than defensive rebounds (18).
"That's going to hurt us this year if we don't solve that problem," Sweetney said. "[Getting rebounds on defense] can take away a lot of points from teams and help us win ballgames."
James Madison and Coastal Carolina each scored 60 points against the Hoyas' suffocating defense. Behind senior guard Ron Williamson's game-high 25 points the most an opposing player has scored against Georgetown the Bison surpassed that figure. Two seasons ago, Williamson lit up the Hoyas for 41 points.
Despite the rebounding problem, Hoyas coach Craig Esherick called it his team's best performance of the season. With a date looming next Saturday at Virginia, the Hoyas can use a bit more momentum heading into their first major nonconference test.
"I was worried about this game because we serve as motivation for [Howard] and we're coming off exams," Esherick said. "Howard has had a big break [from classes] and had a chance to prepare for us. I really thought in the second half we played some of our best basketball of the year."
Georgetown outscored the Bison 47-29 in the second half after allowing an MEAC opponent to hang around in the first half for the second time this week. On Monday, the Hoyas led Norfolk State by nine at intermission. Last night they were up 44-37 at the break.
The Hoyas turned the ball over 13 times in the half and matched their season high for the game with 22. They also allowed the Bison to grab 10 offensive rebounds and match them on the glass 21-21.
"The biggest concern of mine in relation to this game and this team is rebounding and boxing out," Esherick said.
Howard struggled shooting the ball all night as principal scorers Kyle Williams and Williamson went 7-for-18 in the first half and 13-for-42 for the game. Overall the Bison shot 33 percent (24-for-72).
The 6-foot-6 Williams, who began his college career at Colorado, made three of 10 shots from the floor in the first half for eight points. Williams came into the game as Howard's leading scorer, averaging 18 points.
Last night, though, Williams made four of 20 shots. When Williams tried to get off his mid-range jumper, he ran into Georgetown's interior towers. The Hoyas finished with six blocked shots in the half and a season-high 10 for the game.
Overall, Georgetown looked much better than in Monday's 36-point win over Norfolk State. The Hoyas shot the ball well in the first half, making 25 of 47 (53.2 percent), including five of 13 from behind the 3-point arc.

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