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Radford Highlanders vs. Georgetown Hoyas game recap: Domination on defense leads to a 76-49 win over Highlanders

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Washington, D.C. -- Dominating on the defensive end in the first half was a key for Georgetown in the first half, as they only allowed five points from the 7:39 mark in the first half onward, which was imperative because Georgetown scored just nine points since that mark. The defense by both teams was good, but Georgetown made a stronger effort and had a lot of hustle plays from Aaron Bowen, who was the leading scorer at halftime with six points. Jabril Trawick came out the gates explosive in the first few minutes with an attack to the basket, followed by a 3-pointer. Georgetown really got a huge effort from Mikael Hopkins, who was a force in the paint for the Hoyas in the first half.

Radford did try to pressure Georgetown at some points during the opening 20 minutes, but they were able to break through it and allowed them to get to the basket, so it became really easy for the Hoyas to get a lot of open looks around the rim. Georgetown really opened the game up after the 9:04 mark of the first half, going on a 19-7 run from that point, which was important because it did give them a breathing room. They scored 11 points in the first four minutes of the second half, while the Highlanders only scored two. Georgetown's defensive intensity has really been impressive. Radford just could not buy a bucket and it looked like they lost their confidence.

Georgetown did not let their foot off the gas pedal and it was really over after Aaron Bowen did a 360 dunk in the second half with 14:03 left in the game. At times during the season, Georgetown sometimes lets teams get back in the game, but in this one, they did not do that at all. The reason John Thompson III had this game on the schedule was because he wanted to see if his team could handle a veteran team such as Radford after coming off a loss.

This was a balanced scoring game in the Hoyas' favor. No one really took over because everyone that got in the game did something to help the team win big. Georgetown got a good contribution from everyone on the defensive end as well, which made a major difference in this contest.

Radford got some good production out of Javonte Green, but he was not efficient at all. Georgetown really clamped down on him from the onset, but he did a good job though of getting to the rim and making jumpers. The Highlanders did not get production from a lot of their players on Saturday afternoon and from watching the game, they did not give up, but they were simply overmatched.

Aaron Bowen came off the bench and gave Georgetown some good energy throughout the entire game.. Bowen led all scorers with 16 points and showed off a lot of hustle and provided some fantastic dunks. Bowen was 8-for-9 from the field and his 16 points was a career high for him as a Georgetown Hoya.