Drake, a team with early-season bounding problems, again exposed Georgetown's inefficiency on the boards in a 73-57 rout of the Hoyas tonight.
A four-game winning run ended for Georgetown, a streak amassed after North Carolina and Louisiana State exploited those same rebounding deficiencies in the Great Alaska Shootout, especially at the Hoyas' defensive end.
Tonight, Drake -- which endured a 60-36 rebounding deficit in a recent blowout by Iowa -- captured 21 offensive rebounds in rolling up an overall advantage of 53-38.
Along with the Hoyas' 33 percent field goal accuracy and inability to react to their first hostile crowd of the young season, it added up to a bad night for GU in the frostbitten Midwest city.
Georgetown Coach John Thompson had little to say afterward.
"It was a negative road experience that we would rather forget," Thompson said. "Tonight was the first time we played against a totally hostile crowd and we had problems reacting. This is the type of game we just have to forget and go on to the next one."
Drake (4-2) was led by Lewis Lloyd, who scored 31 points and had 12 rebounds in a double-overtime triumph at Gu's McDonough Arena a year ago. That was when he was completely heathly. Tonight, only 80 percent fit while recovering from a broken leg, Lloyd helped his team with 16 points and 13 rebounds, while guard Pop Wright from Baltimore led all scorers with 24 points.
For Georgetown, Eric (Sleepy) Floyd and Ed Spriggs each scored 14 points, but Floyd was successful on only seven of 21 shots and Spriggs missed much of the game with foul trouble.
Drake, leading by five points at halftime, broke loose in the opening nine minutes of the second half by outscoring the Hoyas, 21-8, for a 50-32 lead.
In this stretch, Georgetown made only four of 12 field goal attempts and committed five turnovers, bringing its game total to 23 in the first 29 minutes.
Georgetown's power forward position, which figures to be a key to Hoya success or lack thereof all season, produced just seven points (on two-of-11 shooting) and 11 rebounds between Mike Hancock, Jeff Bullis and freshman Ray Knight.
Floyd, the preseason all-American who normally makes the Hoyas go, was pressured by Wright all night. Floyd had been averaging 17-plus and though he didn't reach that total, he moved into fifth place on Georgetown's all-time scoring list.
In the first half, Georgetown connected on 28 percent of its field goal attempts, well below its lofty .566 season percentage. To make things worse for the Hoyas, Spriggs picked up his third foul 10 minutes into the game as Drake moved to a 29-24 halftime advantage.
Floyd went five of nine from the field in the half and led the Hoyas with 10 points.