Summers helps Georgetown roll past JacksonvilleDec 9, 2007 - 11:44 PM WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- DaJuan Summers once again had no problem picking up the scoring load.
Summers scored nine of his 14 points in the first half as fourth-ranked Georgetown cruised to an 87-55 victory over Jacksonville on Sunday.
Freshman Austin Freeman had a season-high 15 points and fellow first-year player Chris Wright added 14 for the Hoyas (7-0), who continued their best start since a 10-0 beginning in the 2003-04 season.
The win was also Georgetown's 100th at the Verizon Center since the facility became the team's home site during the 1997-98 season.
"Each time we go out on the court we have potential to do something good," Summers said. "We have been able to slow down games, pound it inside to Roy or be quick in transition. Teams will always have a difficult time preparing against us."
The leading scorer for Georgetown the two previous games despite the presence of big man Roy Hibbert, the sophomore Summers continued to get it done on the offensive end, converting all four of his free throws in the opening moments before knocking down a 3-pointer and a layup in the closing minutes before halftime.
Overall, the 6-8 sophomore is shooting 58 percent (15-of-26) over his last three games while averaging 16.0 points.
Meanwhile, Hibbert is scoring just 9.7 points over that same span as the Hoyas continue to lean more toward a up-tempo attack this season.
"We enjoy doing it as much as possible," Georgetown guard Jeremiah Rivers said. "We have had the opportunity to push the ball more this year. Fortunately in this game we were able to run more, but we realize we can't run all the time."
The Dolphins, who are winless in their last six games, took a 5-4 lead on a layup by Ayron Hardy with less than four minutes expired.
The Hoyas responded with a 10-2 run, with two free throws by Summers making it 14-7 with 12:33 to play.
Freeman hit one of his two 3-pointers for a 25-14 advantage seven minutes later, and Summers extended the lead to 15 points with a shot from the arc with 3:23 left before the break.
Georgetown had five 3-pointers in the first half as it took a 39-21 lead at the intermission. It went on to finish with a season-high 11 3-pointers.
"They shot the ball extremely well tonight, they made 11 threes," Jacksonville Cliff Warren said. "I don't think they have done that so far this year, so in the scouting report we talked about contesting shots and contesting threes. We didn't do a good job of that tonight, but again give them credit, making 11 threes is quite an accomplishment."
Georgetown opted to rest the majority of its starters after the break, as Hibbert finished with eight points and Jonathan Wallace six.
Hibbert also had eight rebounds as the Hoyas finished with a 39-27 advantage on the boards.
Wright shot 6-of-9 with two 3-pointers to also record a season high in points. The backup point guard also handed out five assists.
"I've said it before, Chris (Wright) learns fast," Georgetown coach John Thompson III said. "His understanding of what we're trying to accomplish and how we're trying to accomplish it is way beyond the normal freshman guard having sat out five weeks, six weeks and being however many games we are into the season."
Ben Smith and Andre McMillan had nine points apiece for Jacksonville (3-6), which shot 34 percent (19-of-56) and committed 20 turnovers.
The Dolphins dropped to 0-2 against ranked teams this season. They also have an 88-72 loss at defending champion Florida during their current losing streak.
"You have to give Chris some credit," Thompson said. "That is a team that two years ago won one game. But they've gone out (this season) and played some very difficult teams and have that program moving in the right direction."
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FINAL 1ST 2ND TOTAL
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JACKSONVILLE 21 34 55
GEORGETOWN (4) 39 48 87 FINAL
Dec 9 2:50 PM
- NCAA BB
(4) GEORGETOWN 39 HALFTIME
Dec 9 1:43 PM
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