Georgetown Coach Pat Knapp refused to call a timeout in the second half yesterday, even as No. 22 Rutgers began piling on the points in a 93-52 victory before 732 at McDonough Gymnasium.
The Scarlet Knights (18-5, 11-2) made 19 of 29 shots (65.5 percent) in the second half and scored 16 points on fast-break layups. Georgetown, meantime, made 13 of 43 shots (30 percent), including 3 of 19 three-pointers.
Through it all, Knapp quietly sat and watched.
"I'm not going to call a timeout in the second half," said Knapp, who did not make his players available following the game. "I told the team everything they needed to do on Thursday, Friday and Saturday morning, and again in the first half and at halftime. The only thing you can do is change people. . . . This was a very, very poor representation. I cannot stress that enough."
Georgetown's problems began toward the end of the first half. After the Hoyas (14-10, 5-8 Big East) pulled to 30-20 on a basket by Rebekkah Brunson with 1 minute 47 seconds left, Rutgers scored final six points before intermission -- the last three coming on shot from beyond the arc by reserve guard Mauri Horton as time expired.
About the only noise for most of the game came from the group of 250 red-clad Rutgers fans sitting in the stands between the team's benches. They began their chants of "Let's go, Rutgers" more than 10 minutes before the game started, and they gave their team a standing ovation and chanted, "RU! RU!" as the game ended.
It certainly seemed like a home game for Rutgers, which is 6-0 all-time at McDonough. Sophomore guard Cappie Pondexter had a career-high 31 points, and Horton added 19.
Georgetown's starters, meantime, combined to score just 28 points and made 10 of 37 shots (27 percent). Reserve forward Nok Duany had a team-high 12 points for the Hoyas.
It was the second consecutive loss to a ranked team for the Hoyas, who lost to No. 20 Villanova, 51-37, last Wednesday.
The toughest game, however, is yet to come -- top-ranked Connecticut plays here on Wednesday night. The Huskies have won the past 13 meetings with Georgetown dating from 1994 by an average of 36 points.
"This is a team that puts its head down too soon," Knapp said. "We're not going to play people who don't play hard. You could tell that by who was playing and who wasn't."
* VILLANOVA 71, VIRGINIA TECH 61: In Blacksburg, Va., Trish Juhline scored 28 points and the No. 20 Wildcats started with a 17-8 run and never looked back.
The Wildcats (20-4, 10-3 Big East) led 30-20 at halftime and never allowed the Hokies closer than seven again. Villanova shot 56 percent in the second half.
Virginia Tech (17-7, 8-5) was led by Ieva Kublina with 23 points and a career-high 17 rebounds. Katie Davis added 18 points for the Wildcats and Courtney Mix had 15.
* HOWARD 81, SOUTH CAROLINA STATE 75: Sophomore Daisha Hicks scored 15 of her 17 points in the second half to lift the Lady Bison (10-14, 10-5) to a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference victory in Orangeburg, S.C.