GEORGETOWN SWAMPS SMU

by Dan M | Posted on Sunday, December 8th, 2019

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BY: Dic Humphrey
Member: United States Basketball Writers Association

UNIVERSITY PARK, Texas – Prior to Saturday night, the Georgetown Hoyas had never played
in Dallas/Ft. Worth, the largest metropolitan area in which they had never appeared. They may
want to come back soon as the Hoyas buried the SMU Mustangs early en route to a 91-74
whipping. Georgetown improved to 6-3, while SMU sustained its first loss of the season.
They’re 8-1.

“It was our best shooting game of my tenure here,” Georgetown Head Coach Patrick Ewing
said. “Everyone did something to help us to win. The ball moved. The ball found open guys,
and they were able to step in and make shots. We just was hot. When you’re hot and you’re
making shots, and when you’re making the right plays, good things happen.”

The hot shooting men from DC hit 10 of their first 14 shots to take a 20-2 lead less than seven
minutes into the game, and never looked back. The lead was 20 points at halftime (49-29), and it
grew to as many as 27 points in the second half. The Hoyas shot 63% in the first half and
finished the game at 55.7% from the field.

“It was like our worst case scenario,” SMU Head Coach Tim Jankovich said. “We start out the
game. We miss a few easy shots. They’re making every last shot, some pretty darn tough shots.
It never stopped. The first half couldn’t have gone worse. I did think that once it started going
downhill, and we’re struggling to get anything going, that frustration led to poor play, turnovers,
bad shots, and getting away from anything we usually do. We really lost our poise.”

The Mustangs made a small charge to start the second half, outscoring the Hoyas 9-4 to cut the
lead to 15 points in the first three minutes. That was as close as the Ponies got. Georgetown
pushed the lead back into the 20’s in the ensuing three minutes, and the lead stayed in the 20’s
for most of the balance of the game. The only statistical advantage for the Ponies was free throw

shooting. They shot 30, the most in a game this season and made 24 (80%), while Georgetown
shot just ten in the game.

Ewing substituted liberally as all but one of the nine Hoyas that saw action in the game played at
least 10 minutes. Jahvon Blair came off the Georgetown bench to be the top scorer in the game.
He hit seven three point shots for 21 points, after making just four three pointers in the eight
previous games. Mac McClung was hot early hitting four three pointers in the first half to record
14 points by intermission. He finished with 19 for the game as did Omer Yurtseven, their 7’-0”
center. Yurtseven also led Georgetown with eight rebounds.

Four of the five Mustang starters scored in double digits led by Feron Hunt and Kendric Davis
with 17 each. Tyson Jolly added 16 and Isiah Mike put in 11. Mike was the Mustangs’ leading
rebounder with eight boards.

This game concluded a week of turmoil for the Georgetown program. Three players were
accused of sexual assault and burglary. One of the three and a fourth player that was not
involved in the incident that led to the accusations, have left the team. They were two of the top
five Georgetown scorers through their first eight games.

“It’s been a trying week,” Ewing said. “There’ve been a lot of things swirling around. I thought
that we stayed together as a team. We stayed together as a family. We try to block out the noise
and just continue to work. The two guys that we lost, they were instrumental in our success last
year. We’re definitely going to miss them. I feel that the guys that are here are stepping up and
doing their job both offensively and defensively. And we’re sharing the ball. I think that’s the
biggest difference.”

It’s certainly been a successful week for the Hoyas as they beat Oklahoma State in Stillwater and
SMU in Dallas, both previously undefeated.

SMU is off for almost two weeks with finals. The next game is December 20 in Athens, Georgia
against the Georgia Bulldogs. The Bulldogs are 6-2 so far this season and play at Arizona State
next Saturday. The game will be televised on the SEC Network, and game time is 7:00 PM
Eastern/6:00 PM Central.

NOTABLE:

– SMU wore white uniforms Saturday with “Dallas” in red script above the uniform
numbers in front similar to the “Dallas” uniforms worn three times this fall by the SMU
football team.
– SMU learned Saturday that Darius McNeill’s petition to become immediately eligible
after transferring from Cal-Berkley had been denied by the NCAA. SMU has appealed
the decision.
– The official paid attendance Saturday night was 5,855, which included former President
and First Lady, George and Laura Bush. That is the largest Moody Coliseum crowd of
the season, and it brings the total attendance for the first seven home games to 28,979
(4,140 per game).

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