- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 3, 2005

Georgetown celebrated Retro Night with an ugly, old-school victory.

Rebounding from Saturday’s dreadful showing at Boston College, the Hoyas plodded to a 61-51 victory over Seton Hall at MCI Center last night in a game that was long on intensity and short on aesthetics.

The Hoyas (14-6, 6-3 Big East) haven’t completely solved the offensive doldrums that descended upon them last weekend at Chestnut Hill, but they weren’t about to be outscrapped again. And against a Seton Hall team that looked somewhat resigned to its status near the bottom of the Big East standings, simply having more moxie was nearly all that was required.

“Everything’s been more intense this week after what happened at Boston College,” junior forward Brandon Bowman said, referring to a 15-point road loss that saw the Hoyas collect more first-half turnovers (14) than points (12). “We were sitting on like four points after 15 minutes in that game, and that kind of sticks with you. …

“We didn’t cut hard, didn’t run our offense. Everyone knows we did a poor job up at Boston College. We just couldn’t wait to put that behind us, so we’ve had some good, spirited practices. Even the shootaround today was like a full practice.”

Thanks to that intensity on the defensive end and some questionable shot selection by the Pirates (10-8, 2-5), Georgetown gave Seton Hall a taste of the same sour medicine it was forced to swallow at BC, holding the Pirates to a season-low 15 first-half points.

The Hoyas were hardly potent, scoring just 27 points of their own before intermission, but Seton Hall missed its first eight field goal attempts, only two of which even hit the rim. The Pirates finished the game 19-for-61 from the field.

“I thought our defense, especially during that first stretch, was pretty good,” said Georgetown coach John Thompson III, whose Hoyas will continue their unexpected quest for an NCAA tournament berth Saturday at Rutgers.

And while Georgetown’s offense wasn’t particularly smooth, Bowman certainly was, celebrating his landmark admission to Georgetown’s 1,000-point club with an efficient night. Bowman finished with a game-high 25 points on just eight field goal attempts, doing most of his damage from the free throw line (14-for-15) as the Hoyas built the lead to as much as 51-35 with 6:06 remaining before the Pirates made the outcome respectable, though never in question.

Bowman, one of only 35 Hoyas to reach 1,000 points, seemed relatively unimpressed with the feat after the victory.

“It’s definitely a great honor with all the great Hoyas that have been here,” Bowman said. “But it was never that important to me, and it still isn’t. We’ve still got some games to win, and I’ll take two points as long as we keep getting W’s.”

That could be a slightly taller task Saturday at Rutgers, where the Scarlet Knights have been notoriously difficult to beat. That said, Rutgers (7-10, 1-6) has been in something of a spiral since a 62-55 loss to the Hoyas on Jan.11. After last weekend’s 33-point home loss to Villanova, Rutgers coach Gary Waters refused to come out of the locker room, and the school’s athletic director was forced to handle the team’s postgame interview.

Add the positive signs displayed last night by freshman point man Jonathan Wallace (10 points), who drained his first 3-pointers (2-for-3 from behind the arc) since an overtime loss at Syracuse two weeks ago, and the Hoyas have to feel fairly optimistic heading to New Jersey.

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