Georgetown is expected to be without its leading scorer, junior forward DaJuan Summers, for Saturday’s game against Marquette because of a foot injury suffered in Wednesday’s 65-57 loss at Cincinnati.
Coach John Thompson said on a conference call Thursday morning that Summers was being examined by a doctor and that team officials hoped to have an update later in the day.
Thompson said the injury, suffered when Summers crashed to the floor on an alley-oop that didn’t pan out, was to the bottom of Summers’ (left) foot. Thompson said he believed the diagnosis was plantar fasciitis, which is a common injury among athletes. In many cases, surgery is required.
“Being honest right now,” Thompson said, “it doesn’t look good for him being able to go on Saturday.”
Summers went down with the injury just 13 minutes into the first half and didn’t return, telling Thompson that he couldn’t move, run or play. The Hoyas proceeded to lose the game, getting outscored 11-2 in the final 4 minutes 41 seconds. It was Georgetown’s fourth consecutive loss and its third straight to an unranked team. And it leaves Georgetown (12-7, 3-5), which won the last two Big East regular-season titles, mired in the bottom half of the conference standings and assured of falling out of the national rankings barring an upset of Marquette on Saturday.
The Hoyas have been undermined by poor shooting, turnovers, poor decision-making and a palpable lack of confidence since getting drubbed by Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium earlier this month. After starting the season 10-1, they went 2-6 in January.
The challenge to reclaim their identity will become even more daunting without Summers, one of only two upper classmen (in addition to senior guard Jessie Sapp) in the starting lineup.
“We’re in a situation now, with DaJuan out, that we’re going to have all freshmen and sophomores on the court for significant minutes,” Thompson said. “[Experience] is a luxury that we don’t have.”
January 29, 2009; 11:58 AM ET
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