- The Washington Times - Friday, April 18, 2003

Before LeBron James took the court in last night's Capital Classic, Matt Causey warmed up MCI Center with a show that he plans to repeat regularly over the next four seasons.

The Georgetown-bound point guard thrilled the crowd with his razzle-dazzle dribbling and passing skills while leading the white team to a 108-86 win in the regional game. The floppy-haired guard from Lilburn, Ga., finished with 13 points and eight assists.

"Some of his moves are just ridiculous," said D.J. Strawberry, a Maryland recruit who had 13 points for the blue team in a losing effort. "I have never seen moves like that."

One play that left a lasting impression came when Causey changed directions at midcourt and left his defender on the floor. He then made a behind-the-back pass to Darian Townes. Townes, also a Georgetown recruit, got fouled while missing a dunk.

"I'm not out there trying to showboat, " said Causey, who chose Georgetown in part because his mother wanted him to go to a good academic school. "I was trying to shake somebody. It all just comes natural. If I make somebody fall, it's on them."

Townes and Causey shared a laugh after the play, even while Townes lamented his missed opportunity.

"If I hadn't missed that dunk, it would've probably been on 'SportsCenter,' " said Townes, a 6-foot-8 center from the District's Carroll High School. "That's the first time I played with him. He's a nice player. He can shoot 3s, and he can see the floor."

Causey took the play in stride.

"We have plenty more connections on the way the next four years," the 6-footer said of Townes. "I forgive him."

The next time downcourt, Causey tossed an alley-oop pass, and Patrick Ewing Jr. finished with a two-handed reverse jam.

Causey said he felt comfortable as soon as he took what will be his home court next season and wanted to entertain the local fans.

"I wanted to give the crowd a good show," he said with a southern twang. "I know most of them are Georgetown fans. I just wanted to come out and have fun."

Ewing's son not like dad

Ewing Jr. said he chose to go somewhere other than Georgetown to have his own identity, rather than be compared to his famous dad. The younger Ewing is in the final stages of signing with Indiana.

"Mike Davis is a great coach," said Ewing, a 6-8 power forward who played at National Christian Academy in Fort Washington. "He's really the reason I chose Indiana."

The younger Ewing did play in the classic as his father did in 1981, the year Michael Jordan's team beat Ewing's 91-85.

Last night Causey and Ewing enjoyed good camaraderie on the court. And the future Georgetown point guard took a playful shot at his buddy after the game.

"Of course, my good friend Patrick here, he let me down on his [college] decision," Causey said.

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