- The Washington Times - Friday, December 31, 2004

Three days after being taken to overtime by Norfolk State, Georgetown made sure there would be no repeat late-game drama against another below-.500 team from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. With forward Brandon Bowman leading the way with 18 points, the Hoyas easily defeated Howard 79-56 last night before 7,671 at MCI Center.

On Tuesday, Norfolk State gave the heavily favored Hoyas a 78-70 overtime scare. In that game, Bowman took matters into his own hands and scored eight of his 23 points in the extra period.

This time Bowman came out firing early and basically put this game away by halftime. In his last three games, Bowman has averaged 21 points.

Georgetown finished the nonconference portion of its schedule in good shape at 8-3. The victory also ran its records to 6-0 against Howard and 45-0 against teams currently in the MEAC.

The Hoyas also are riding a season-high four-game winning streak, but now the schedule gets difficult. Georgetown visits 10th-ranked Pittsburgh (10-0) on Wednesday to open Big East play and then meets No.11 Connecticut (8-1) on Jan.8 at MCI.

“[Howard is] better than they looked tonight from looking at them on tape,” said Georgetown coach John Thompson III. “We have things, regardless of who the opponent is, that we have to work on and have to improve on.”

Howard (4-6) provided the Hoyas with tuneup material for their Big East campaign, missing 16 of its first 18 shots. For the half, the Bison clanked away at 15.2 percent (5-for-32).

Howard scoring leader Cliffone Ault, a k a “the Aulternator,” made just one of eight shots for three points in the half. The 6-foot-5 Ault, who came in averaging 18.1 points, was short-circuited by senior forward Darrel Owens.

“I started out on him, then throughout the game it was DJ [Owens] and RaMell [Ross],” Bowman said of the defensive effort on Ault. “I think everyone did a good job on him. He was very frustrated throughout the whole game, I believe.”

The Hoyas enjoyed a 33-16 halftime lead as Bowman led Georgetown with 13 points on four of six shooting. Cook inflicted his share of damage by nailing all three of his 3-pointers for 11 points in the half.

No game between these city rivals ever has been close. In the five previous meetings, 19 points is the closest Howard has come.

As Ault can testify, Georgetown’s defense came to play last night. The Hoyas held the Bison, who came in averaging 71.6 points, to 15 below that. Along the way, the Hoyas blocked nine shots.

“Their imposing size really took us out of our game plan,” Howard coach Frankie Allen said. “Offensively, we never quite got in sync, and a lot of it was the size factor that was always in the back of our minds.”

The Hoyas were forced to play most of the first half without freshman Jeff Green, who got into early foul trouble. The 6-8 Green picked up his third foul with 13:34 left before halftime on a questionable charging call. Green, who came into the game leading the Hoyas in minutes played with 34.7, played just six minutes in the first half.

Green finished with seven points, six rebounds, two blocks, and four turnovers in 15 minutes.



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