Jan. 14, 2010
WASHINGTON - Junior guard Chris Wright (Bowie, Md./St. John's College HS) scored a game-high 21 points and sophomore guard Jason Clark (Arlington, Va./Bishop O'Connell) scored a career-high 20 points to lead four players in double figures as No. 11 Georgetown connected on 68.2 percent of its field goals en route to an 85-73 win over Seton Hall in front of 12,824 fans at Verizon Center Thursday night.
It was the fifth win in the last six games for the Hoyas, who improved to 13-2 overall and 4-1 in the BIG EAST Conference, while the Pirates fall to 10-6 overall and 1-4 in league play.
The Hoyas used a hot-shooting first half - connecting on 69.6 percent of their field goals (16-of-23) - and were just as good in the second half, hitting 66.7 percent (14-of-21). The 68.2 percent for the game is the best single game performance under sixth-year Head Coach John Thompson III against a BIG EAST Conference opponent and the second-best overall. It was the eighth-best single game performance in Georgetown history.
Leading by 16 points at the half (44-28), the Hoyas pushed the lead to 19 points on a layup from Wright with 15:56 to play in the game. The lead was still 19 points, 59-40, after a layup from junior Julian Vaughn (Vienna, Va./Oak Hill Academy) with 12:57 left in the game. Seton Hall, however, used a 14-2 run over a span of 4:04 and pulled to within seven points, 61-54, on a layup from Keon Lawrence with 7:53 left to play.
The Hoyas went to the long ball and used three 3-pointers - two from Clark and one from Wright - to key a decisive 16-7 run over a span of 4:35 and pushed the lead back to 16 points, 77-61, with 3:18 left on a three from Wright.
A layup from Wright with 1:16 to play made it 83-65. Seton Hall's Jeremy Hazell, who was second in the BIG EAST in scoring with 23.3 points per game, had been held to nine points, but scored eight in the final minute to finish with 17 points and narrowed the gap to the final score, 85-73.
The Hoyas jumped out to a 16-point lead, 44-28, at the half, connecting on 69.6 percent of their shots from the field and with Freeman scoring 11 points and Wright adding eight points.
After taking a 6-3 lead on a three-pointer from Freeman and a free throw from Monroe, Seton Hall took a 7-6 lead after layups from Keon Lawerence and Jeff Robinson. The Hoyas, however, went on a 15-0 run over a span of 4:33 and took a 21-7 lead on a layup from Wright with 11:44 to play in the half. Wright scored six points during the run and Vaughn added four.
A three-pointer from freshman guard Hollis Thompson (Los Angeles, Calif./Loyola) extended the Hoyas lead to 17 points, 49-32, with 8:46 left in the half, Georgetown's biggest lead to that point. Seton Hall would pull back to within eight points, 30-22, on a dunk from Robinson that capped a 10-1 run over 4:02. Freeman and Monroe took over during the final four minutes of the first half, scoring 10 points during a 14-6 run over the final 4:06 as the Hoyas took a 44-28 lead at the break. Freeman scored six of his 11 points during the run and Monroe added four.
Wright connected on 9-14 shots from the field to finish with 21 points and added a game-high six assists. Clark missed only two shots during the game, hitting 5-of-6 from the field, including four 3-point attempts, and was 6-of-7 from the free throw line for 20 points. Freeman finished with 16 points, four rebounds and four assists, while Vaughn added 13 points, four rebounds, two assists and two blocks. Sophomore center Greg Monroe (New Orleans, La./Helen Cox) added eight points, a team-high nine rebounds, four assists and three steals. The Hoyas connected on 68.2 percent of their field goals (30-of-44), hit 63.6 percent from three-point land (7-of-11) and were 66.7 percent from the free throw line (18-of-27).
Georgetown hits the road this weekend, traveling to Philadelphia to play at No. 6 Villanova. Tipoff at Wachovia Center is slated for noon. The game will be shown live on MASN and can be heard locally at ESPN 980 AM.