Georgetown’s men’s basketball team (6-3) cruised past Radford (5-4) on Saturday afternoon at the Verizon Center, rebounding from a difficult loss to Kansas. Senior forward Aaron Bowen recorded a career-high 16 points, leading the 11 different Hoyas who scored.
The Hoyas started slow, as senior center Joshua Smith was charged with two offensive fouls in the early going. Radford junior forward Kion Brown’s layup gave the Highlanders an 11-9 lead. However, the Hoyas then went on an extended 41-9 run, showing their superior athleticism and skill. The outcome was never in doubt in the second half, as Head Coach John Thompson III was able to give each of the 14 players on the Georgetown roster playing time during the second half.
Radford entered the game coming off of a shocking road win over Virginia Tech (4-4), which was one of the biggest wins in program history. However, the Highlanders were never able to gain significant momentum against a stout Hoyas defense. Radford only made three of its 11 three-point attempts, and had several of its layup attempts blocked by the Hoya defense. Senior forward Mikael Hopkins provided a strong defensive performance, recording five rebounds and two steals while blocking two shots. In addition, the Hoyas’ pressure defense on the perimeter caused 17 turnovers, many of which led to easy transition baskets for the Georgetown offense.
Junior guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera had another slow game, recording nine points while making only one of his nine field goal attempts. Smith-Rivera again missed a number of shots that he would , and should, make, and struggled to find an offensive rhythm. However, he did make a concerted effort to take the ball to the basket, drawing several fouls and converting all six of his foul shots. Smith also had a quiet day, scoring only six points, as he was slowed by his early foul trouble.
The Hoyas’ role players were able to pick up the slack, as the Georgetown bench scored a whopping 42 points. Bowen delivered an electric performance, making eight of his nine field goal attempts, including several explosive dunks. Early in the second half, Smith-Rivera came away with a steal, and tossed the ball down the court to a wide-open Bowen, who went up for a spectacular 360 dunk. Bowen’s effort was merely the highlight of a number of athletic plays by the Hoyas, who recorded eight dunks as a team.
Freshman forward Paul White added 12 points off the bench, converting two of his three long-range attempts. White has made seven three-pointers in his last three games, displaying his increasing confidence as a shooter, and the freshman will look to continue to carve out an important role in Thompson’s rotation.
The Hoyas return to action next Saturday against Charlotte (4-4) at the Verizon Center. The game will feature the debut of Georgetown’s new “student-for-a-day” promotion in an attempt to fill the vacated student section during winter break.