Jan. 5, 2009
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Freshman center Greg Monroe (New Orleans, La./Helen Cox) recorded a double-double with a career-high 21 points and 10 rebounds and No. 10 Georgetown fought back from an 11-point halftime deficit, but it wasn't enough as the Hoyas fell, 73-67, to No. 7 Notre Dame in a hard-fought contest in front of 11,418 fans at the Joyce Center Monday night.
It was the second-straight loss for the Hoyas, who fall to 10-3 overall and 1-2 in the BIG EAST Conference, while Notre Dame improves to 11-3 overall and 2-1 in league play.
The Hoyas trailed 39-28 at the break, but used a quick run to start the second half and were within five points at several points during the second half, but could not pull to within one possession. A 10-2 run in the middle of the half, capped by consecutive three-pointers from Notre Dame guard Kyle McAlarney, gave the Irish their biggest lead, 61-48, with 6:32 to play.
The Hoyas would not go away and pulled to within five points again, using a 13-6 spurt to pull within five points, 67-62, on a basket from Monroe with 59 seconds left in the game. The Irish hit 6-of-7 free throws in the final minute to seal the win.
Trailing by 11 points at the break (39-28), the Hoyas scored the first seven points of the second half and pulled to within four points, 39-35, on a layup from Monroe. Senior guard Jessie Sapp (New York, N.Y./National Christian Academy [Md.]) started things with a three-pointer and Monroe hit two consecutive baskets to shrink the Irish lead. A basket from Harangody made it 41-35 and consecutive three-pointers from Ryan Ayers increased the Irish lead to 47-38, but a free throw from sophomore guard Chris Wright (Bowie, Md./St. John's College H.S. [D.C.]) and another three from Sapp pulled the Hoyas within five points, 47-42, with 13:23.
The Blue and Gray had several chances to pull within one possession, but could not cut the margin. After junior DaJuan Summers (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) hit a hook in the lane to make it 49-44, Harangody scored to make it 51-44. Sophomore guard Austin Freeman (Mitchellville, Md./DeMatha) hit a baseline jumper to make it 51-46, but Harangody responded again. That started a 10-2 run over a span of 2:24 that pushed Notre Dame's lead to 61-48 after back-to-back three-pointers from Kyle McAlareny.
The first 10 minutes of the first half saw back-and-forth action, with the teams trading baskets and leads. There were seven ties and eight lead changes during those first 10 minutes, the last tie coming at 17-all on a Luke Zeller three-pointer with 10:27 to play. Trailing 11-9, the Hoyas scored six-straight points and took a 15-11 lead on a putback dunk from freshman center Henry Sims (Baltimore, Md./Mt. St. Joseph's) with 11:25 to play.
A jumper from freshman guard Jason Clark (Arlington, Va./Bishop O'Connell) gave the Hoyas a 17-14 lead before Zeller's three tied the game. A three-point play from Summers gave the Hoyas a 20-19 lead and a three-pointer from sophomore guard Omar Wattad (Johnson City, Tenn./Science Hill) made it 23-11, but the Irish used an 18-5 run over the final 7:24 of the half to take a 39-28 lead at the break. Harangody scored the team's last 13 points during that run.
Monroe scored 21 points and grabbed 10 boards to lead the way for Georgetown, while Wright added 13 points, five rebounds and four assists and Summers finished with 11 points and five rebounds. The Hoyas shot 41.7 percent from the floor (25-of-60), hit 22.2 percent of their three-pointers (4-of-18) and were 59.1 percent from the free throw line (13-of-22).
Georgetown returns to action again on Saturday, Jan. 10, hosting BIG EAST rival Providence in a conference game at Verizon Center. Tip-off is slated for 1 p.m. The game will be shown live on ESPNU and it can be heard locally on ESPN 980.