Last season, Georgetown guard Anthony Perry tried to make up for his redshirt season by taking as many shots as he could in every game. He attempted 171 more shots than Nat Burton, the Hoyas' third-leading scorer, but averaged just 2.6 more points. Perry led Georgetown in scoring at 14 points per game, but his field goal percentage was .338.
This season, the 6-foot-3 junior is trying to become a more accurate and confident shooter. Against Atletas, a club team from Lithuania, Perry scored 27 points yesterday to lead Georgetown to a 93-60 exhibition victory before 1,859 at McDonough Arena.
"He's really been shooting the ball well," Georgetown Coach Craig Esherick said of Perry. "He's got to be able to mix the drive and the jump shot, but he is a very good shooter. And I definitely want him to shoot."
Like his teammates, Perry spent a great deal of time during the offseason in the weight room. His increased strength may have improved his shooting touch.
Last season, Perry was regarded as more of a slasher than a shooter. He was much more effective driving the lane for layups than pulling up for jump shots.
Against Lithuania, Perry showed a fluid shooting touch from outside and an even more powerful ability to drive to the basket. He made 8 of 11 shots, including 3 of 6 three-pointers, in the first half and finished 11 of 20 from the field.
Burton also played well. He blocked two shots, made three steals, grabbed 12 rebounds and scored 17 points.
Defensively, Georgetown looked in midseason form. The overmatched Lithuanians had no answer for the Hoyas' zone defenses: Atletas missed 23 of 26 shots in the first half.
Hoyas Notes: Esherick was able to use nearly every player on his bench, including team manager Steve McCaskill, who dressed for the game. Freshman forward Courtland Freeman, who had an injured foot, made his first appearance in a Hoyas uniform. He played 17 minutes, grabbing six rebounds. . . . Freshman forward Victor Samnick (Newport Prep) did not play after injuring his back in Friday's practice.