Dolphins fall to No. 5 Georgetown, 87-55

Dec. 9, 2007

Box Score

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The JU men's basketball team faced its toughest test of the season and learned a few lessons against No. 5 Georgeotwn.

The Hoyas (7-0) used their inside-outside attack along with a dominating inside defensive presence to hand the Dolphins an 87-55 loss on Sunday at the Verizon Center.

Austin Freeman led three Hoyas in double figures with 15 points, going 3-for-3 from beyond the arc as Georgetown hit 11 3-pointers in the game. Chris Wright had 14 with DaJuan Summers adding another 14 while Jesse Sapp had eight points and a team-high six rebounds.

"This has been a tough stretch on the schedule for us," said JU head coach Cliff Warren. "We've got to turn our focus back to academics this week and to do well on finals."

The Dolphins (3-6) lost their sixth straight after opening the season 3-0, with two of those losses coming to teams ranked in the top 10 nationally. It is the third time in the last four games that JU has failed to score 60 points.

JU was led by Ben Smith and Andre McMillan, who had nine points apiece. Lehmon Colbert added eight points and six rebounds. Smith had four assists and four steals as well.

The Hoyas used two runs in the first half to take a 39-21 lead into the locker room at halftime.

With JU leading 5-4 just four minutes into the game, the Hoyas went on an 18-4 run to take a 22-9 lead with 12:31 left in the half. Georgetown complemented that run with one at the end of the half, outscoring the Dolphins 9-3 over the final three minutes of the half to extend the lead.

The Hoyas kept the momentum going to start the second half, opening with a 14-3 spurt to push the lead to 28, using a pair of 3-pointers to spark the run.

Georgetown pushed the lead to as many as 36 in the second half before the Dolphins cut the deficit back to 27 before one final barrage of 3-pointers set the final margin.

The Dolphins will have a week off for final exams before facing former Atlantic Sun Conference rival Troy University on Dec. 17. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m.