WASHINGTON — Members of the Georgetown men's basketball team spoke emphatically Friday about wanting to play again after a week-plus layoff on the heels of a tournament in the Bahamas that ended with consecutive losses.
Then the Hoyas showed that their intentions were more than mere bluster, swarming Towson in the first half and coasting to a 78-46 victory Sunday afternoon in the opening game of the BB&T Classic at Verizon Center.
Georgetown (5-2) had all but put the game out of reach by halftime, thanks in large part to the inside-outside combination of center Joshua Smith and forward Paul White.
Smith finished with 12 points, seven rebounds and three assists without missing from the field or the foul line in the first half. White, meantime, frequently found himself open from the 3-point line because of all the attention shown to Smith.
The freshman went 3-for-3 from beyond the arc in the first half on the way to 11 points for the game, two short of his season high, in 17 minutes. By the time White made his final field goal, a jumper with 16:06 left in regulation, the Hoyas were ahead 48-21.
"From the beginning, we were attentive," Hoyas coach John Thompson III said. "I thought they did a very good job of helping each other, which our defense has to progress to the point where it's, 'I have to guard the man in front of me, but then I have to have the trust and the knowledge that the guys behind me have my back,' and I thought they did a very good job of stunting, of showing and supporting when people got beat."
Guard Four McGlynn and forward John Davis each scored 10 points to lead Towson (7-2), which had a seven-game winning streak end amid 24 percent shooting in the first half.
Georgetown junior guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera, the Big East Conference's preseason player of the year in voting among conference coaches, had a game-high 16 points before exiting for good with 11:14 to play.
The Hoyas shot 55 percent and made 11 of 22 3-pointers, both season highs. They also scored 24 points off 17 forced turnovers and 10 steals, including a game-high three from freshman L.J. Peak, and limited Towson to 0-for-12 from 3-point range.
The Tigers missed nine 3-pointers in the first half.
"Just with our offense, everybody's a weapon," Smith said. "If it's me on the post, or if it's D'Vauntes getting the drift or L.J. [Peak] driving, you kind of see with the different guys who are leading us in scoring — today, we have five guys in double figures — it's just kind of like whoever has it can just keep going. As long as we control the boards and rebounding, we should be fine."