Jan. 17, 2009
DURHAM, N.C. - No. 13 Georgetown fought back from double-digit deficits twice in the second half, pulling to within five points twice, but it was not enough as the Hoyas fell to No. 3 Duke, 76-67, in front of 9,314 fans at Cameron Indoor Stadium Saturday afternoon.
The loss ends a two-game win streak for the Hoyas, who fall to 12-4 overall, while Duke improves to 16-1.
Junior forward DaJuan Summers (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) scored 21 points, grabbed seven rebounds and had four steals to lead three players in double figures for Georgetown. Sophomore guard Austin Freeman (Mitchellville, Md./DeMatha) scored 15 points and had three rebounds, while freshman center Greg Monroe (New Orleans, La./Helen Cox) added 12 points, six rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots.
Georgetown trailed by 12 points, 66-54, after a three-pointer from Kyle Singler with 5:33 to left in the game, but the Hoyas used a 13-6 run and pulled to within five points, 72-67, on a three-pointer from sophomore Omar Wattad (Johnson City, Tenn./Science Hill) with 40 seconds left. The Blue Devils, however, hit four three throws in the final 30 seconds to seal the win.
The Hoyas trailed by 11 points, 40-29, at halftime and Duke extended its lead to 15 points, 44-29, on a layup from Nolan Smith early in the second. Georgetown showed resiliency and fought back, using a 12-2 run over a 2:36 span to pull within four points, 46-42, on three-point play from Summers.
The momentum shifted after a technical foul was called on Monroe and John Scheyer hit two free throws and on the ensuing possession, Singler hit a layup, pushing Duke's lead to eight points, 50-42. A three-pointer from Greg Paulus pushed the margin back to 12 points, 57-45, with 12:32 to play and the Hoyas were able to pull within nine points on two occasions, first on a Freeman layup with 9:04 to play (61-52) and then on a jumper from freshman guard Jason Clark (Arlington, Va./Bishoip O'Connell) with 6:51 left (63-54).
The first half was back and forth for the most part, featuring six ties and four lead changes. A layup from Freeman gave the Hoyas an 18-15 lead with 11:50 to play and they maintained that lead, 24-21, on a Monroe dunk with 8:44 to play. A three-pointer from Freeman with 7:58 to play gave the Hoyas a 27-23, their last of the game. A jumper and two free throws from Miles Plumlee tied the game at 27-all and a layup from Singler gave the Hoyas a 29-27 lead. Free throws from sophomore Julian Vaughn (Reston, Va./Oak Hill Academy) tied the game at 29-all with 4:39 left, but the Blue Devils scored the final 11 points of the first half and GU was held without a field goal for 7:35 and trailed 40-29.
The Hoyas shot 60.9 percent (14-of-23) in the second half and finished the game shooting 51.0 percent (26-of-51) from the floor, the seventh time this season the team has hit at least half its field goals. The team connected on 33.3 percent of its three-pointers (5-of-15) and were 55.6 percent from the free throw line (10-of-18). Georgetown handed out 15 assists and committed 14 turnovers, while Duke controlled the boards, 32-29.
Georgetown returns home to Verizon Center on Thursday, Jan. 22, hosting West Virginia in a key BIG EAST matchup. The game tips off at 7 p.m. and will be shown live on ESPN. It can be heard locally on ESPN 980.