Hoyas attempt to slay Dragons in non-conference clash
Washington, D.C. (Sports Network) - The 22nd-ranked Georgetown Hoyas are just one of many outstanding Big East teams, and they will host the Drexel Dragons tonight in a non-league clash.
Drexel showed a great deal of toughness to outlast city rival Penn on Tuesday by a 66-64 final. The Dragons' 12-20 2007-08 season didn't sit very well with head coach Bruiser Flint, but there isn't a great deal of proven talent that has returned for this campaign. For that reason, expectations are tempered in Philadelphia.
That is not the case for Georgetown, which opened its season with a closer- than-expected, 71-62 win over Jacksonville on Monday. The Hoyas, under the direction of John Thompson III, finished first in the Big East for the second straight year in 2007-08, but failed to win the league tournament and then made it to just the second round of the NCAA Tournament, a huge drop off following Georgetown's appearance in the Final Four a year earlier. With a pair of standout veterans back, the Hoyas are expected to make noise in one of the nation's elite conferences.
This game marks the first-ever meeting between Drexel and Georgetown on the hardwood.
Tramayne Hawthorne was the second-leading scorer (11.2 ppg) last season for Drexel, as he knocked down 81 three-pointers (35.2 percent). This year, Hawthorne is looked upon as the go-to guy at the offensive end of the court. In the opener against Penn, Hawthorne scored 13 points, as he tied for the team lead with Scott Rodgers. The Dragons only connected on 37.3 percent of their field goal attempts in the tilt, including a 5-of-20 effort from three- point range. Even free throw shooting proved to be problematic, as Drexel was 17-of-32 from the charity stripe. Fortunately, the Dragons were able to play outstanding defense, limiting the Quakers to 37.7 percent shooting from the floor. Luck also played a role in the win, as Penn shot a horrific 13-of-28 from the charity stripe.
This season, Georgetown is expected to be led by the duo of DaJuan Summers and Jessie Sapp. Summers scored 11.1 ppg a year ago, and Sapp added 9.7 ppg. Expect both to up those averages, as they will get plenty of looks at the offensive end. In the opener against Jacksonville, four of the five Georgetown starters reached double figures in scoring. Chris Wright tallied 16 points, as his 3-of-5 effort from three-point range overshadowed a 3-of-8 showing from the foul line. Greg Monroe pitched in 14 points, while both Summers and Sapp had 13 points. The Hoyas did not shoot the ball particularly well in the clash, especially from three-point range (5-of-23), but the team played tremendous defense, limiting Jacksonville to 35.4 percent field goal efficiency.
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