- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 26, 2002

Mike Sweetney scored the 1,001st point of his stellar Georgetown career on a soft turnaround jumper from the middle of the lane that bounced twice on the back rim before dropping through the nylon.
Shooter's touch.
Gerald Riley's career-high 23rd point came on a 15-foot jumper from the right baseline that was all net.
Again, shooter's touch.
Too much Sweetney. Too much Riley. Just plain too much Georgetown for James Madison to handle.
Sweetney and Riley combined to score 44 points as the Hoyas outclassed the Dukes 80-60 last night before 7,180 at MCI Center in a game that illustrated the wide chasm in recruiting between a Division I basketball power and a mid-to-low major. The Hoyas have superior athletes and players, and it showed.
The Dukes (1-1) have good players in their own right, just not at Georgetown's level. There always comes a time during a game when talent takes over.
For the Hoyas, that time was about midway through the first half when it was still a contest. Holding a five-point lead, the Hoyas (2-0) fed Sweetney for layups on three straight possessions and increased Georgetown's lead to 18-7.
Sweetney, a consensus preseason first-team All-American, finished with 21 points, nine rebounds, three blocks and three steals. Sweetney now has 1,014 points and is four points shy of moving into a tie for 32nd-place on Georgetown's all-time scoring list.
"This is a good win for us because they have a better team than Grambling [Georgetown's season-opening opponent]," Sweetney said. "They're a bigger team, and that's what we needed. Individual stuff I'm not worried about right now. I'll praise myself at the end of the season."
Riley's time came at the beginning of the second half. The 6-foot-6 junior swingman scored 10 of Georgetown's 12 points to open the second half and helped push the Hoyas' lead to 57-32. Riley shot four of four from behind the 3-point arc. For the game, Riley made eight of 13 shots and finished with a career-high six assists.
"It was going in for me tonight," Riley said. "They wanted to go zone and pressure us on the inside, and they did that, then we hurt them from the outside. As soon as we started hurting them from the outside, they had nowhere to go they couldn't play zone or man."
The Hoyas played some man defense and played it well. Coach Craig Esherick ordered some fullcourt man-to-man pressure, and the Dukes wilted under Georgetown's heat.
James Madison turned the ball over just 16 times, but the Hoyas' pressure dictated the tempo. The Dukes never seemed comfortable in their halfcourt sets and hurried their shots. James Madison made just 39.1 percent from the floor.
James Madison guard David Fanning, who scored 22 points in the Dukes' season-opener last Friday at Furman, was held to just 11 points seven points under his average last season on 14 shots.
"I thought over the course of the whole game I think what wore them down was our man-to-man defense," Esherick said. "I think we just played so well defensively today and did such a good job on their best player, Fanning."
In their season opener, Friday against Grambling State, the Hoyas took out the Tigers' best player 6-foot-8 forward Paul Haynes, who averaged 20.1 points a game last season. In that 53-point victory, Haynes scored just two points.
The Hoyas flexed their considerable muscle on the glass. Georgetown outrebounded James Madison 45-27 and allowed the Dukes just three offensive rebounds while grabbing 17 offensive boards of its own.

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