Thursday, January 29, 2009

Summers Injured for Struggling Georgetown

Georgetown has lost four in a row, including last night's 65-57 defeat at the hands of Cincinnati. Now, the Hoyas might have lost their leading scorer, too.

Junior forward DaJuan Summers played just 13 minutes in the loss last night after injuring his ankle. On the Big East coaches' conference call today, head coach John Thompson III gave more information on the injury, saying that Summers was at the doctor and he would have a more thorough update later in the day. "He’s got plantar fasciitis, but he’s up there right now," Thompson III said. "Being honest right now, it doesn’t look good for him going on Saturday."

Georgetown faces Marquette on the road Saturday. The Golden Eagles are undefeated in Big East play and are one of the hottest teams in the country. Without Summers, the Hoyas will have to go with Omar Wattad, Jason Clark and Nikita Mescheriakov for more significant minutes than usual. Summers would have been the perfect match-up for Marquette's Lazar Hayward, an undersized but productive inside-outside power forward.

The Hoyas started off Big East play with a win at Connecticut, but have since lost six of their last eight games. If Summers is out for an extended period of time, Georgetown could have some trouble getting into the NCAA Tournament. The Hoyas still have to go to Marquette, Syracuse and Villanova, and also host Marquette and Louisville. Despite their excellent computer numbers, the fact that Georgetown is just 12-7 overall and 3-5 in Big East play spells trouble.

On the season, the 6-8 Summers is averaging 14.7 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.

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