Four Players in Double Figures as Georgetown Beats Seton Hall, 74-58
Jan. 19, 2007
East Rutherford, N.J. ─ Junior guard Jonathan Wallace (Harvest, Ala./Sparkman) scored a career-high 21 points, freshman forward DaJuan Summers (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) recorded his first career double-double and Georgetown put four players in double figures en route to a 74-58 win over Seton Hall in front of 9,666 fans at Continental Airlines Arena. It was the second-straight win for the Hoyas, who improve to 13-5 overall and 3-2 in the BIG EAST, while Seton Hall falls to 11-7 overall and 3-3 in the league.
The Hoyas scored the first 10 points of the game, held a 13-point advantage at halftime, led by as many as 20 points (74-54) and connected on at least 50 percent of their field goals for the 12th time in 18 games this season. Led by Summers, who grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds to go with his 17 points, Georgetown dominated the much-smalller Pirates on the glass, holding a 39-11 advantage in rebounding. The 11 rebounds were the lowest ever in a BIG EAST game and Seton Hall was held to only four boards in the second half.
Leading by 13 points at the half, 34-21, Georgetown scored eight of the first 12 points in the half and forced Seton Hall to call a timeout after an alley-oop dunk from sophomore guard Jessie Sapp (New York, N.Y./National Christian Academy) to junior forward Jeff Green (Hyattsville, Md./Northwestern) that gave the Blue and Gray a 40-25 lead. Seton Hall would pull to within 12 points, 49-37, on a pair of free throws from Eugene Harvey, but a three from Sapp was followed by Wallace hitting a three and adding two free throws as the lead grew to 17 points, 57-40, with 7:25 to play.
The Hoyas took their biggest lead, 74-54, on a tip-in from freshman forward Vernon Macklin (Portsmouth, Va./Hargrave Military Academy) with 1:30 to play in the game.
The Hoyas scored on their first four possessions - a baseline lay-in from junior center Roy Hibbert (Adelphi, Md./Georgetown Prep), a corner three from Summers, a three from Sapp on the right side and a pair of Summers free throws - to take a 10-0 lead less than three minutes into action. Sapp fed Wallace and Summers on consecutive backdoor plays and after dishing to Hibbert for a dunk, a technical foul was called on Seton Hall head coach Bobby Gonzalez. Wallace hit both shots as the Georgetown lead grew to 20-7 with 14:08 to play in the half.
The Pirates would pull to within eight points, 24-16, after a drive from Brian Laing, but an 8-2 run over 3:13 was capped by a drive from Sapp as the Hoyas took their biggest lead, 32-18. Green followed his own miss with 35 seconds on the clock and the lead was 13 points, 34-21, at the break.
Wallace connected on 7-of-11 shots from the field and hit three shots from long distance to lead Georgetown with 21 points, while Summers hit 6-of-9 from the floor for 17 points and 10 rebounds in his first career double-double. Sapp finished with 12 points, six rebounds and four assists, while Hibbert added 10 points, five rebounds and three blocked shots. Green chipped in with eight points, nine rebounds, four assists and three steals.
The Hoyas shot 54.9 percent from the floor (28-of-51), including 62.5 percent in the second half (15-of-24). The team shot 46.7 percent from three-point land (7-of-15) and 78.6 percent from the free throw line (11-of-14).
Georgetown returns home to play DePaul on Wednesday, January 24 at Verizon Center. Tipoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. the `game will be shown live on ESPN2 and can be heard locally on Sports Talk 980 AM.