Dec. 18, 2010
Washington, D.C. - No. 15 Georgetown posted the single-best shooting half in the history of its program in racing out to a 23-point lead at the intermission and cruised to a 99-75 non-conference home win over Loyola Saturday afternoon at the Verizon Center.
The Hoyas (10-1) made 78.3 percent (18-23) of their first-half shots - including 14 of 15 two-point attempts - and held Loyola without a field goal for 9:37 in building a 26-point lead. Georgetown's Chris Wright and Henry Sims each were four for four from the field to score 11 and 10 points prior to the intermission, respectively.
Loyola (4-6) scored the game's first basket and led 4-3 less than three minutes in before the Hoyas took the lead for good. Junior guard J'hared Hall hit a reverse layup to make it 14-10 at the 12:53 mark, but it would be the last field goal the Greyhounds would score until Hall hit his first three-pointer of the season with 3:16 remaining before halftime to make the score 41-21. Georgetown led at the break, 50-27.
The Greyhounds fell behind as many as 36 in the second half before their shots started falling. Led by freshmen Justin Drummond and Dylon Cormier, Loyola outscored the Hoyas 34-22 over the final 12:43 of the game. Cormier scored eight straight to get the run started as he scored all 11 of his points after the intermission.
The real story was the scoring of Drummond. Having missed the season's first eight games and being held scoreless in four minutes in his debut last week, he made one of two free throws in the first half. Five minutes into the second half, he connected on his first career field goal - one of three three-pointers he would sink after the intermission. He played 15 second-half minutes and scored 20 points to finish with a game- and career-high 21 points.
"This was a good experience for us," Greyhounds seventh-year head coach Jimmy Patsos told the media after the game. "Coming out of the break, we didn't compete as hard as I would have liked whether it was exams or what. Justin was ready to play and he played hard. He came in and said he wanted to play and he showed it this afternoon."
The only other Greyhounds player to reach double figures besides the two freshmen guards was sophomore forward Erik Etherly, who scored 12 points with three steals while matching junior forward Shane Walker for game high with eight rebounds. Walker added eight points and recorded two blocked shots.
Four Hoyas tallied in double figures with Austin Freeman and Hollis Thompson splitting 28 points. Sims added a bucket to his first-half total to score 12 and all 11 of Wright's came in the first half.
The Greyhounds continue play on the road as they return to our nation's capital for a game Wednesday at Howard University at 7 o'clock. After the break for Christmas, Loyola hosts Bucknell on December 28 at 7:00 p.m. in Reitz Arena.