- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 9, 2003

DURHAM, N.C. Georgetown punched the nation's top-ranked team in the mouth last night, then had to finish the fight essentially with one arm.
Mike Sweetney's second-half foul trouble severely hampered Georgetown's ability to register an upset of Duke in the Hoyas' first visit to Cameron Indoor Stadium. What Georgetown did prove before a national television audience was that this team is better than most people realize and that the Hoyas are going to be a major force in the Big East.
Duke forward Dahntay Jones matched his career high with 22 points, sophomore guard Daniel Ewing scored a career-high 19 and junior point guard Chris Duhon was magical in the second half as Duke defeated Georgetown 93-86 before 9,314.
Duke (10-0) outscored the Hoyas 14-5 when Sweetney, Georgetown's preseason All-American forward, was on the bench. Sweetney picked up his fourth foul with 16:34 left in the game and Georgetown leading 49-48. Duke had started an ultimate 15-1 run when Sweetney was forced to sit down and jumped to a 64-54 lead with 12:14 left.
"That definitely hurt us," Georgetown coach Craig Esherick said. "There are things that you have to do when you play without Mike. There are times in games and times in the season when that is going to happen again, and we've got to learn from that and we've got to do a better job of playing without him than we did today."
Both of Georgetown's losses in an 8-2 season have come on the road against ACC foes and with Sweetney in foul trouble. Against Virginia on Dec.28, Sweetney played only 15 minutes because of foul trouble and the Hoyas lost 79-75. He played just 25 minutes last night but led four Hoyas in double figures with 23 points.
"It's a team effort they hit a lot of clutch threes," Sweetney said of Duke.
The Blue Devils took full advantage of Sweetney's absence. In the second half, they made four of six 3-pointers after making just one of 10 in the first half.
Duhon, who registered only two assists in the first half, was at his playmaking best with seven assists in the second half. His savvy led to easy Duke baskets, mostly monster dunks by freshman Shelden Williams, who finished with 15 points and a career-high 11 rebounds.
"His second-half passes were the difference," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "Duhon made pinpoint passes."
For the first time this season, Duke found itself trailing at halftime 44-41. The Hoyas simply took it to the Blue Devils in the first half as Georgetown's fullcourt man-to-man defense rattled Duke's guards.
The Blue Devils were unsure of how to break Georgetown's press, and Krzyzewski had to burn a few early timeouts just to make sure all his players were on the same page. Georgetown's press didn't show up in the turnover column Duke gave up the ball just seven times but its halfcourt offense struggled.
Duke made one of 10 3-pointers in the first half because Georgetown's defense took the Blue Devils out of their comfort zone. The Hoyas shut down freshman phenom J.J. Redick, who was Duke's leading scorer coming in at 16.4. Redick was scoreless for the half, missing five shots from the floor.
But Duke's poor free throw shooting was the main reason they trailed the Hoyas at the break as the Blue Devils made just six of 15 (40 percent). Jones, who was one of Duke's offensive sparks in the first half with a team-high 13 points, made just two of six free throws. In the second half, the Blue Devils made 14 of 21 free throws (66.7 percent).
Everything went right for Georgetown in the first half. The Hoyas beat the Blue Devils on the glass 27-21, including 10 offensive rebounds. Tony Bethel led the Hoyas in the half with 11 points, including a hanging layup at the buzzer that made it 44-41 and stunned the Duke faithful.
Bethel finished with 13 points. Hoyas swingman Gerald Riley contributed 14 points on six of 11 shooting. Reserve forward Darrel Owens scored a career-high 11 points and added four rebounds and three steals
"What a great ballgame," Krzyzewski said. "The intensity of both teams was sensational. The pace of the game it was a great, great basketball game. Georgetown played extremely well. They're really good and deep. And with [Mike] Sweetney, they have probably one of the top five players in the country."

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