Georgetown closes non-conference schedule with with romp past Fordham

WASHINGTON (AP) -- While Georgetown feasted on its final appetizer before beginning Big East play, Jonathan Wallace used New Year's Eve to celebrate a pair of career milestones.

DaJuan Summers had 15 points and nine rebounds, Wallace added 19 points and No. 7 Georgetown closed out its nonconference schedule with an 82-55 victory against Fordham on Monday.

The Hoyas (10-1) had 25 assists on 30 field goals, spread among 10 players, in their ninth double-digit victory. For the first time this season, all five starters scored in double figures.

"I think we did a much better job of getting the ball inside and getting it back out -- just the flow of our offense and getting different type of looks other than just coming down and whipping it around the horn," Georgetown coach John Thompson III said. "When you get that variance, then everything becomes open."

Austin Freeman had 12 points and Jessie Sapp and Roy Hibbert added 11 each for the Hoyas, who open Big East play Saturday at Rutgers. Georgetown limited Fordham to 27 percent shooting (18-for-66).

"Our main point of emphasis was setting a tempo we could thrive on," Wallace said. "Guys came out focused. ... It's fun to play like that."

Marcus Stout led Fordham (6-6) with a season-high 27 points and Bryant Dunston added 20 points and 16 rebounds.

Fordham's ploy of playing a zone defense and hoping to force the Hoyas into missed outside shots failed miserably as Georgetown made 17 of its first 20 attempts from the field.

"They just made everything they threw up," Rams coach Dereck Whittenburg lamented. "We missed every shot we could possibly get -- point-blank range, layups, wide-open 3-point shots. We kind of got hit in the mouth. ... We responded as good as we could, but they're just better players."

The Rams, who had won three of four, fell to 27-23 against Georgetown in the first meeting between the private Jesuit universities since the 1978-79 season.

Wallace became the Hoyas' career leader in 3-pointers made, breaking the record of 189 set by Kevin Braswell from 1998-2002 on a shot from the top of the arc with 14:32 remaining in the first half. That basket started a 12-0 burst, capped by a left-corner 3 and a transition layup by Summers that made it 29-8.

With 18:50 left in the second half, Wallace scored on a one-handed floater down the middle of the lane, becoming the 39th player in Georgetown history to reach the 1,000 points.

"God bless him. I hope he scores a lot more in the next couple of months," Thompson said.

Added Wallace: "A lot of good shooters have come through in the past. ... It's a blessing to be in good company."

The Hoyas shot 64 percent (20-for-31) during a torrid first half, hitting 11 consecutive shots from the floor during one stretch. Thompson's lineup switch -- inserting Freeman as a third guard in place of forward Patrick Ewing Jr. -- paid immediate dividends against the Fordham zone.

"We wanted to start out fast, not sluggish, and get everybody involved," Sapp said.

Summers' 3-pointer from the left wing capped the early binge en route to a 50-27 lead at halftime.

Most of the damage done by Georgetown came on either uncontested layups or 3-point attempts, and the Hoyas finished 8-for-12 from beyond the arc in the opening 20 minutes and 12-for-23 for the game.

Fordham got 17 first-half points from Stout, but never recovered after misfiring on seven of its first eight shots.