Jan. 22, 2009
Da'Sean Butler scored 27 points as West Virginia defeated No. 12 Georgetown, 75-58, on Thursday night in front of 12,874 at Verizon Center. It was the second-straight loss for the Hoyas, who fall to 12-5 overall and 3-3 in the BIG EAST, while West Virginia improves to 14-4 overall and 3-2 in the conference.
Sophomore guard Chris Wright (Bowie, Md./St. John's College H.S. [D.C.]) led the Hoyas with 13 points, while junior forward DaJuan Summers (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) added 12 points and freshman center Greg Monroe (New Orleans, La./Helen Cox) chipped in 11 points, eight rebounds and four assists.
Georgetown trailed by five points, 31-26, at the break but managed to cut the West Virginia lead to two points, 45-43, on a layup from sophomore guard Omar Wattad (Johnson City, Tenn./Science Hill) with 11:49 to play in the game. The Mountaineers, however, pushed their lead back to 11 points, using a 12-3 run over a span of 5:09 to take a 57-46 lead on a three-pointer from Butler with 6:32 to play.
The Hoyas pulled back to within seven points, 59-52, on a Monroe layup with 4:30 to play in the game, but six-straight points from West Virginia pushed the lead to 65-52 on a Butler layup with 2:09 left in the game.
Georgetown's largest lead was seven points, which occurred on a three-pointer from senior guard Jessie Sapp (New York, N.Y./National Christian Academy [Md.]) at 14:38 in the first half. The Mountaineers used a 7-0 run to tie the game at 9-all on a Butler layup with 13:40 to play and the lead changed hands four times in the ensuing two minutes. The Hoyas last lead, 15-14, came on a layup from freshman guard Jason Clark (Arlington, Va./Bishop O'Connell) with 10:16 left.
A three-pointer and a layup from Darryl Bryant gave WVU a 19-15 lead, but baskets from Wattad and Monroe tied the game at 19-all with 7:19 to play. Tied at 22-all after one of two free throws from Wright, West Virginia used a 9-0 spurt over 4:07 and took a 31-22 lead on a Butler jumper with 53 seconds left in the half. A layup from Monroe and free throws from sophomore guard Austin Freeman (Mitchellville, Md./DeMatha) cut the lead to five points, 31-26, at the break.
West Virginia extended its halftime lead to nine points, 42-33, in the opening five minutes of the second half, but the Hoyas rallied back to within two on a 10-3 run keyed by three-point plays from Monroe, Wright and capped by Wattad's layup.
The Hoyas finished the game shooting 39.2 percent from the floor (20-of-51), hit 12.5 percent of their three-pointers (2-of-16) and were 64.0 percent from the free throw line (16-of-25). West Virginia held a 39-31 advantage in rebounding and the Hoyas handed out eight assists while committing 19 turnovers.
Georgetown faces Seton Hall on the road this Sunday, January 25th at 2 p.m., kicking off a three- game road trip. Sunday's game can be seen on MASN and heard on ESPN Radio 980.
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