No. 9 Georgetown Overcomes a Slow First Half to Defeat Providence, 82-75

GUHOYAS.COM Greg Monroe scores two of his 13 in the Hoyas win over Providence.
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Greg Monroe scores two of his 13 in the Hoyas win over Providence.
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Jan. 10, 2009

 

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Austin Freeman (Mitchellville, Md./DeMatha) tied his season-high with 18 points leading five Hoyas in double figures as No. 9 Georgetown beat Providence, 82-75, at home ending the Friars three-game BIG EAST Conference winning streak.

Greg Monroe (New Orleans, La./Helen Cox) had his second career double-double in as many games with 13 points and 11 boards. Chris Wright (Bowie, Md./St. John's College H.S.) had 16, DaJuan Summers (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) had 12, and Jason Clark (Arlington, Va./Bishop O'Connell) tied his career high at 10 to round out five Hoyas in double figures. It was the second time this season that the Hoyas had 5 scoring at least 10 points and the sixth time Freeman, Summers, Wright, and Monroe have passed that milestone in the same game.

The Hoyas got off to a slow start in the first half as they went back-and-forth with the Friars over the first 4:20 with Georgetown leading 8-6. However, Providence took the lead on a 15-4 run over the next 5:42, making it 21-12; their largest lead of the game. Georgetown continued to struggle, finally bringing it to within three at the half on a free throw by Freeman with 24 seconds left.

However in the second half, Georgetown staged its comeback, finally taking the lead at 15:04 on a three-pointer by Clark, in the midst of a 13-0 run. While they lead by 16 (66-50) at 7:52, they almost let the lead slip away from them. Providence came within 3 on a layup by Geoff McDermott to make it 76-73 with 1:33 left. However the Hoyas responded with a dunk by Greg Monroe to make it 78-73.

Georgetown had to rise above some difficulties in the second half. They were without Summers for most of the half, as he picked up his fourth foul at the 15:35 mark, and they only shot 1-of-5 from 3 point range. Yet they managed to beat the Friars from the field, 54.7 percent (29-of-253) versus 42.2 percent (27-of-64) and from the charity stripe, 69.0 percent (20-of-29) versus 61.1 percent (11-of-18), while Providence outshot Georgetown from three, 43.5 percent (10-of-23) to 30.8 percent (4-of-13).

Georgetown overcame some of their recent rebounding woes, beating out the Friars on the boards 41-29. It was the second time this season they recorded over 40 rebounds.

It was the third time this season the Hoyas scored over 80 points. They are 3-0 in those games. It was the fifth time they held their opponent to under 45.0% shooting, and the 15th straight game Summers has scored in double figures, dating back to last season.

Georgetown next faces Syracuse at home on Wednesday, January 14th at 7:30 p.m. The game can be seen live on ESPN2 and heard locally on ESPN 980.


 

 

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