It's hard to imagine Georgetown coach John Thompson III, whose words are usually measured and hype-free, using the phrase "scary good" when talking about his team.
But the fifth-ranked Hoyas are so versatile this season that few will argue with him. Not only are they capable of a deliberate game focused on big center Roy Hibbert, they've got some young talent that can change gears and run the opponent off the floor.
That's what happened yesterday in an 87-55 victory over visiting Jacksonville. Freshmen Austin Freeman and Chris Wright and sophomores Jeremiah Rivers and DaJuan Summers helped put the game away in the first half with the kind of upbeat attack few would associate with the Princeton offense.
"One day in the locker room, Coach said to us that he thinks we have a chance to be 'scary good,' and I think that's what he means," said Summers, who scored 14 points. "No matter how teams want to play us, we're going to be able to be effective, whether that's slowing the ball down and pounding it into Roy or being quick in transition. It's going to give teams a tough decision on how to play us."
Freeman and Wright combined to make 12 of 16 shots against an overmatched team. Freeman finished with a season-high 15 points and Wright had a season-high 14 for the Hoyas, who shot a season-best 59 percent and made 11 three-pointers to improve to 7-0 for the first time since the 2003-04 season.
"More so than any team since I've been here, we have depth and quality at the guard spot," Thompson said. "We're going to try to take advantage of that depth, and so we're going to try to push it a little bit."
The Dolphins (3-6), who have lost six straight since opening the season 3-0, trailed 39-21 at halftime.
Ben Smith and Andre McMillan both scored nine points to lead the Dolphins, who were playing the fourth of six consecutive road games.
In another men's Top 25 game:
* At Washington State, Aron Baynes was 9-for-9 from the field and scored 23 points to lead the No. 8 Cougars to a 72-60 win over Portland State.
Washington State is off to its best start since the 1991-92 team opened 12-0. The Cougars shot 72 percent in the first half and 65 percent for the game.
Deonte Huff led Portland State (6-4) with 18 points. Jeremiah Dominguez added 15 points for the Vikings, who made nine 3-pointers to stay close.
Portland State, which lost 69-48 at No. 7 UCLA in its season opener, was much more competitive in this game against a Pac-10 opponent, staying within five points deep into the second half.
Washington State had outscored opponents by 112 points in the second half coming into the game, but they couldn't mount any major runs against Portland State of the Big Sky Conference.
In women's Top 25 games:
* At North Carolina, Cetera DeGraffenreid scored 17 points to lead five players in double figures, and the No. 5 Tar Heels (10-1) defeated Wofford (3-4), 102-42.
* At Georgia, Angel Robinson scored 17 points to lead the seventh-ranked Bulldogs (9-0) to a 79-65 win over Davidson (5-3).
* At Arizona State, Kirsten Thompson scored 16 points, grabbed five rebounds and added three assists off the bench to help the No. 18 Sun Devils (5-3) beat UC Davis (5-2), 77-56.
* At Vanderbilt, Bianca Smith scored 22 points to help the unranked Buffaloes (6-2) upset No. 20 Vanderbilt (8-3), 62-51.