Jan. 17, 2007
Piscataway, N.J. - Freshman forward DaJuan Summers (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) scored a game-high 17 points and junior center Roy Hibbert (Adelphi, Md./Georgetown Prep) added 16 points as Georgetown snapped a two-game losing streak and cruised to a 68-54 win over Rutgers in a BIG EAST men's basketball game at the Louis Brown Athletic Center.
Georgetown improves to 12-5 overall and 2-2 in the BIG EAST, while Rutgers falls to 8-10 overall and 1-4 in league play. It was the 13th time the Hoyas, who are among the top-five in the country in scoring defense, allowed 60 points or fewer.
Leading by 15 points at halftime, 28-13, the Hoyas extended their lead to 21 points, 42-21, when Summers took a feed from classmate Vernon Macklin (Portsmouth, Va./Hargrave Military Academy) for a baseline dunk, capping a 14-8 spurt over the first 5:01 of the second half. The Hoyas took their biggest lead of the game, 45-23, on a three-pointer from junior guard Jonathan Wallace (Harvest, Ala./Sparkman) with 14:19 to play.
The story of the game, however, was the Hoya frontcourt, with Summers scoring nine of his 17 points during the initial run in the second half. Hibbert, meanwhile, scored 10 of his 16 points in the second half, including six-straight on a pair of baby hook shots and a drive from the top of the key that matched the biggest lead of the game at 23 points, 57-34, with 7:09 to play.
The Hoyas had jumped out a 15-point lead (28-13) at the half, with a staunch defensive effort holding Rutgers to only five first half field goals, including a stretch of 10:33 without a shot from the field. Despite four turnovers and a pair of missed shots in the opening minutes, Georgetown began to catch fire, scoring 10 straight points to open a 10-2 lead after back-to-back baskets from Green.
A pull-up jumper from Marquis Webb with eight minutes left to play cut the Hoya lead to 14-6 and was the first basket from the field for Rutgers in 10-plus minutes. A conventional three-point play from junior Patrick Ewing (Marietta, Ga./National Christian Academy) capped off a 17-4 run over a span of 8:16 as Georgetown's lead reached double digits, 17-6. The Scarlet Knights pulled to within six points after a three from J.R. Inman and a pair of Webb free throws, but the Hoyas out-scored Rutgers 11-5 over the final 5:55, taking a 28-13 lead at the break after a pretty drive from freshman guard Jeremiah Rivers (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park). Georgetown held RU to one field goal in the final 5:55 of the half.
Summers connected on 5-of-7 shots from the field and 5-of-6 free throws to lead the team with 17 points, while Hibbert hit 7-of-8 shots and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds. Seven other players scored for the Hoyas, led by Macklin, who had seven points and two assists. Rivers tied his career-high with six points, sophomore Jessie Sapp (New York, N.Y./National Christian Academy) added six points and five rebounds and junior Jeff Green (Hyattsville, Md./Northwestern) chipped in four points, five rebounds, six assists and three blocked shots.
Georgetown connected on 57.8 percent of its field goals (26-of-45), the 11th time in 17 games this season that Georgetown has hit at least half their field goals. The team shot 27.3 percent from outside the arc (3-of-11) and hit 65.0 percent of its free throws (13-of-20). The Hoyas controlled the boards, holding a 34-29 advantage in rebounding.
Georgetown wraps up its three-game road trip on Friday, January 19, visiting Seton Hall at the Continental Airlines Arena. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m. The game will be shown locally on MASN and can be heard on AM 570.