LANDOVER, Md. — Cal State Long Beach was averaging more than 94 points a game under first-year Coach Joe Harrington's run-and-gun system. Until they played No. 16-ranked Georgetown Saturday, that is.
The Hoyas' feared pressure defense forced 16 first-half turnovers, and Georgetown cruised to an 82-63 victory over the 49ers. Charles Smith scored 20 points, and Perry McDonald contributed 18 points and 9 rebounds to pace the Hoyas.
"I think they deserve to be ranked a lot higher," said Harrington, who until last season was head coach at George Mason in Fairfax, Va. "They do an excellent job defensively."
Thompson rode his team hard in practice heading into the game.
"I was pleased because I think we beat a good team today, an excellent shooting team," said Thompson, aware that the 49ers were among the nation's scoring leaders with a 94.4 average before Saturday. "It sort of gradually moves you toward the tone of what you're trying to get into."