- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 4, 2003

Senior Gerald Riley restored order to the Georgetown Hoyas with his leadership after the young Hoyas wandered for the first 20 minutes.

Riley scored 19 of his game-high 25 points in the second half to lead the undefeated Hoyas to a 76-53 victory over Norfolk State before 4,314 last night at MCI Center.

Riley almost single-handedly carried the Hoyas in the second half. Riley, who entered the game as Georgetown’s second-leading scorer at 15.8, made six of 11 shots in the second half.

Riley was contagious because forward Brandon Bowman had 13 of his 19 points in the second half. By beating Norfolk State, the Hoyas raised their all-time record against schools currently in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference to 42-1.

Norfolk State also contributed to Georgetown’s surge by committing 15 turnovers in the second half.

“[Scoring] is one of my responsibilities being the leader and captain of this team,” Riley said. “I have a great supporting cast with me. They made it easier for me. They set screens and played hard on defense, and that’s one thing that helped us out on the offensive end.”

For much of the first half, Georgetown regressed and played down to the level of its winless opponents with 11 turnovers. The Hoyas finished the game with a season-high 17.

Besides being careless with the ball, the Hoyas (5-0) were abysmal from the free throw line in the first half, shooting 45.5 percent (five of 11). The Hoyas were better from the line in the second half, shooting 83.3 percent (10 of 12), and finished the game at 65.2 percent. Normally, the Hoyas are much better free throw shooters and came in making 74.6 percent.

“I don’t know who that team was in the first half that had the white uniforms on, but it was a completely different team in the second half,” Georgetown coach Craig Esherick said.

Esherick was also experimenting with combinations as he liberally substituted throughout the first half, using 10 players. Georgetown led 32-30 at the break.

The Spartans (0-4) hung around in the first half on hot shooting from behind the 3-point arc. Norfolk State made five of nine 3-pointers in the half.

Junior guard Chakowby Hicks, from the District’s Spingarn High School, led all scorers in the first half with 12 points, including 2-for-2 3-pointers. The Hoyas manhandled the Spartans on the glass in the half with a 23-14 edge, including 10 offensive rebounds.

Apparently, Esherick woke up his troops during halftime. Early in the second half, the Hoyas broke the game open with a 16-2 run and led 48-35 with 14:15 remaining. Riley’s scoring turned a game that was once close into a layup drill. The Hoyas outscored Norfolk State 44-23 in the half, which was powered by 13 steals.


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