No. 4 Georgetown too much for overmatched Jacksonville

WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's hard to imagine Georgetown coach John Thompson III, whose words are usually measured and hype-free, using the phrase "scary good" when talking about his team.

But the Hoyas (No. 4 ESPN/USA Today, No. 5 AP) are so versatile this season that few will argue with him. Not only are they capable of a deliberate game focused on big center Roy Hibbert, they've got some young talent that can change gears and run the opponent off the floor.

That's what happened Sunday in an 87-55 victory over Jacksonville. Freshmen Austin Freeman and Chris Wright and sophomores Jeremiah Rivers and DaJuan Summers helped put the game away in the first half with the kind of upbeat attack few would associate with the Princeton offense.

"One day in the locker room, Coach said to us that he thinks we have a chance to be 'scary good,' and I think that's what he means," said Summers, who scored 14 points. "No matter how teams want to play us, we're going to be able to be effective, whether that's slowing the ball down and pounding it into Roy or being quick in transition. It's going to give teams a tough decision on how to play us."

Freeman and Wright combined to make 12 of 16 shots against an overmatched team. Freeman finished with a season-high 15 points and Wright had a season-high 14 for the Hoyas, who shot a season-best 59 percent and made 11 3-pointers to improve to 7-0 for the first time since the 2003-04 season.

"More so than any team since I've been here, we have depth and quality at the guard spot," Thompson said. "We're going to try to take advantage of that depth, and so we're going to try to push it a little bit."

The Dolphins (3-6), who have lost six straight since opening the season 3-0, trailed 39-21 at halftime and never had much of a chance to pull the kind of upset registered by Atlantic Sun brethren Gardner-Webb (over Kentucky) and Mercer (over Southern California) earlier this season. Jacksonville's tallest starter was 6-foot-7, shorter than three of Georgetown's starters.

"Give them credit -- making 11 3s is quite an accomplishment," Jacksonville coach Cliff Warren said. "If they can do that throughout the year, they'll be back in the Final Four."

Ben Smith and Andre McMillan both scored nine points to lead the Dolphins, who were playing the fourth of six consecutive road games. The stretch has included losses at Michigan State (No. 10 ESPN/USA Today, No. 9 AP) and two-time defending national champion Florida.

The game was essentially decided by halftime, but at least the second half was played. That wasn't the case when the schools last met on Dec. 18, 1969, when a punch thrown on the court led to fights in the stands at Jacksonville's tiny Swisher Gymnasium with 2 minutes to play in the first half.

Both teams were sent to the locker room, the Hoyas refused to come out, and the game is recorded as a 41-26 victory by forfeit in both schools' media guides. Jacksonville immediately moved all its home games to Jacksonville Coliseum. Artis Gilmore had a double-double for the Dolphins when the game was halted, and the NBA great was on hand for Sunday's long-overdue rematch.

Gilmore watched his old team stay close for about 6 minutes, mainly because Georgetown started 2-for-7 from the field and had four early turnovers. Then consecutive 3-pointers by Freeman and Jessie Sapp started a 16-4 run.

Georgetown didn't get whistled for a foul until the final minute of the half. Soon after the fans were standing to cheer a circus layup by Summers and Wright's acrobatic layup after a steal of the inbound pass.

With 13 1/2 minutes to play, Georgetown had pushed its lead past 30. Starters Hibbert and Patrick Ewing Jr. were given the rest of the game off.

The Hoyas won despite committing a season-high 20 turnovers and making just 10 of 17 free throws. They also had a quiet game from the 7-2 Hibbert, who had only eight points and three rebounds against a much shorter frontcourt.

But, if Sunday is any indication, the Hoyas don't have to play a halfcourt game to win.

"It's something that's going to be there forever when you talk about the quote-unquote Princeton offense," Thompson said. "The word deliberate usually follows it, and it doesn't have to be. You still have to make good decisions. If we can make good decisions at a fast pace, we can play at a fast pace."