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Towson-Georgetown Blog

1) Georgetown gave one of those performances where you could sense for 30 minutes that they were going to win in a rout, and you could sense that they knew it too, and it just took a while for the rout to come together. The quiet game from Jeff Green didn't disturb me; the quiet game from Hibbert sort of did, because he disappears so much more completely. But they'll be fine, especially if DaJuan Summers shoots like that. Wow. And as a team, 57 percent from three. Wow.

"They just overwhelmed us," Towson Coach Pat Kennedy said of the Hoyas' late-game performance. "There's nothing much more I can say about that. They shot the ball extremely well from the perimeter, their big guys came to play a little bit harder in the second half I thought, and they're in a rhythm now. Having watched all the tapes that we've seen leading into this game, I think the team that they thought Georgetown might be at the start of the season, they're a lot closer to it now than they were at the beginning....A very big, strong team, and they really shoot it well, and if those two things are working for them they're going to be very potent."

2) The CAA is now 3-5 vs. the Big East this season. In all eight games, I believe, the CAA team was on the road. That's fair.

3) All the stories this morning emphasized this point, but you can't say it enough. Towson scorer Gary Neal made 7 of 13 shots. His teammates made two fewer shots in 20 more attempts!!! In the first half he went 4-for-6, and his teammates went 2-for-17. Ugh. I'll write more on this later.

But he wound up taking 28.3 percent of Towson's shots. You'll recall from yesterday that he averages 29 percent of his team's shots in losses, and 38 percent in wins. Shoot more, Gary.

4) The beat people noted that former G-town star Ashanti Cook was in the crowd, and that he earned a nice ovation when he was shown on the video screen, and that he now plays for Braunschweig, which is apparently also known as Der New Yorker Phantoms, which is awesome. His teammates have names like Vladimir, Nikita and Leo. Throw an "N" on Leo, and you'd have a nice little Politburo. I briefly chatted with Ashanti and learned these things:

--His pasttimes in Braunschweig include the following: "play ball, eat, sleep, play video games, watch movies, and sightsee around town a little."

--His German acquaintances include these: "Not a single person in the whole country."

--His German language skills are as follows: "I just know how to count up to 10 and order some stuff, that's about it. The German's pretty limited."

--He likes German cuisine. "Schnitzels, Bratwurst, Currywurst, all that is pretty good," he said. "I try to stick to stuff I can recognize. Can't go wrong with spaghetti."

--Two G'town students studying abroad in Prague went to Nuremberg just to watch Ashanti and Der New Yorker Phantoms.

--This is what he thinks about Georgetown: "They look solid, they look perfectly fine. When things get rough, they have to grind it out, like coach says.....They put their losses behind them, they got back to ground zero. They just have to continue to work hard. I think they'll be all right."

As he talked to me, he received tons of well-wishes, and said he was very embarassed by the ovation, and signed autographs, and put up with his friends as they asked if he'd sign their Metro fare cards.

5) The number of air balls in that game was remarkable. This is not a complete list, but Towson's Jonathan Pease (whom I covered in high school) airballed a three-pointer, so did G'town's Jeremiah Rivers, so did Towson's Tim Crossin. And then Vernon Macklin airballed a free throw, Pease took another three that hit only backboard, Towson's Dennard Abraham airballed a three pointer, Towson's Rocky Coleman took a three pointer that hit only backboard, and at least one other Towson player airballed a shot in the lane. That's a Pastrana-like amount of air.

6) JTIII's daughter doubled as "Fan No. 2" in the Fan of the Game contest. She is a tremendous talent, had the crowd in the palm of her hand instantly, and won the Fan of the Game contest in an absolute rout. I mean, a bigger rout than G'town's win over Winston-Salem. I asked JTIII if he was proud of his Fan of the Game.

"My daughter was?" he asked. "Believe it or not, I didn't notice the Fan of the Game. I'm sure I'll have a message on my machine."

"She's a pretty good dancer," I said.

"She danced?" JTIII asked. "Now she's in trouble."

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 21, 2006; 10:29 AM ET
Categories:  College Basketball  
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