Hibbert Scores 18 Points, Hoyas Top No. 17 Notre Dame, 66-48
Jan. 6, 2007
Washington, D.C. - Georgetown put four players in double figures and connected on 56.8 percent of its field goals en route to a 66-48 win over No. 17 Notre Dame in front of 15,506 fans at Verizon Center in the BIG EAST Conference opener for the hosts.
It was seventh-straight win for the Hoyas, who improved to 11-3 overall and 1-0 in the BIG EAST. The loss ended a 12-game win streak for the Irish, who fall to 13-2 overall and 1-1 in league action.
The Hoyas led from start to finish and after taking an 11-point lead, 13-2 - on a three-pointer from sophomore guard Jessie Sapp (New York, N.Y./National Christian Academy) - just over three minutes into the game, never saw their lead fall below double digits.
Junior center Roy Hibbert (Adelphi, Md./Georgetown Prep) scored a game-high 18 points, including 12 in the second half, grabbed six rebounds and had two blocked shots to lead the Hoyas. Frontcourt classmate Jeff Green (Hyattsville, Md./Georgetown Prep) scored 15 points - including 12 in the first half - had six rebounds and three assists, while junior guard Jonathan Wallace (Harvest, Ala./Sparkman) added 10 points, a game-high six assists and four rebounds. Sapp finished with 10 points, five rebounds, four steals and three assists.
Leading by 11 points, 36-25, at halftime, the Georgetown backcourt got things going in the second half as Wallace hit a three-pointer, followed that with a layup and Sapp added another three as the lead grew to 17 points, 44-27. Notre Dame pulled to within 15 points, 50-35, on a three-point play from Russell Carter, but the Hoyas used a 14-0 run over a 7:06 span to take their biggest lead of the game, 64-35, on a Hibbert jumper with 5:16 to play in the game. During the run, Hibbert scored 10 points of his 18 points.
The Hoyas had come out on fire in the first half, hitting their first three baskets and taking a 7-0 lead on a Hibbert layup. Notre Dame got on board with a pair of free throws from Kurz, but Georgetown used a 14-2 run over a span of 4:31 and widened its gap to 17 points, 21-4, on a layup from Wallace with 12:42 to play in the half.
The lead grew to 20 points, 29-9, on a fast-break dunk from Green with 4:33 to play in the half. The Irish, who missed their first seven shots from the field and 10 of their first 11, did not reach double digits in scoring until there was 4:15 left in the half. The visitors caught fire in the final minutes, hitting 6-of-15 shots and pulling to within 10 points at one point. Troy Jackson hit a three-pointer to kick off an 11-3 run over 2:44 as Notre Dame pulled to within 12 points, 32-20, with 1:49 to go before intermission. Back-to-back three-pointers from junior Tyler Crawford (Stuarts Draft, Va./Robert E. Lee) and Patrick Ewing (Marietta, Ga./National Christian Academy) in the final 45 seconds gave the Hoyas an 11-point lead, 36-25, at the break.
Georgetown finished the game connecting on 56.8 percent of its field goals (25-44), including 50.0 percent from outside the arc (10-of-20). They hit 46.2 percent of their free throws (6-of-13). The Hoyas held a 31-30 advantage on the boards, handed out 17 assists and committed 17 turnovers.
Georgetown does not get much time to rest, hosting BIG EAST rival Villanova on Monday night at Verizon Center. Tip-off is slated for 8 p.m. The game can be heard locally on SportsTalk 980 AM, with Rich Chvotkin calling all of the action. It will be broadcast nationally on ESPN, with Sean McDonough, Bill Raftery and Jay Bilas handling the calls.