Jan. 24, 2007
Washington, D.C. - Georgetown junior Jeff Green (Hyattsville, Md./Northwestern) scored 19 points and freshman DaJuan Summers (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) added 12 points to lead four players in double figures as the Hoyas pulled away from DePaul for a 66-52 win in front of 9,315 fans at Verizon Center Wednesday night.
It was the third-straight win for the Hoyas, who improved to 14-5 overall and 4-2 in the BIG EAST Conference. DePaul falls to 12-9 overall and 3-4 in league play.
Georgetown led by one point, 42-41, midway through the second half and used a 14-4 run over a span of 7:10 - with Green scoring five points - and took a 56-45 lead on a three-pointer from the corner by Summers with 3:33 to play. The Hoyas, who held DePaul without a basket for 4:04 during that stretch, extended the lead to 13 points on a layup from junior center Roy Hibbert (Adelphi, Md./Georgetown Prep). The Hoyas took their biggest lead, 61-47, on a three-pointer from junior guard Jonathan Wallace (Harvest, Ala./Sparkman) with 2:05 to play in the game.
The first 25 minutes of the game were tightly contested and the teams were tied for the seventh time early in the opening minutes of the second half. A pair of free throws from Draelon Burns gave the Blue Demons a 37-35 lead, but a three-pointer from Summers - celebrating his 19th birthday - gave the Hoyas the lead for good at 38-37 with 16:04 to play.
The first half was back and forth, with five ties and four lead changes and the largest lead a six-point margin in favor of DePaul. There were four ties and three lead changes in the opening 10 minutes until a free throw from junior forward Patrick Ewing (Marietta, Ga./National Christian Academy) and a three from junior swingman Tyler Crawford (Stuart's Draft, Va./William E. Lee) gave the Hoyas a 19-15 lead with 8:05 to play in the half.
The Blue Demons, who hit 68 percent of their first half shots, used a 15-5 run over a span of 6:13 and took a 30-24 lead on a layup from Wilson Chandler with 1:52 to play. Georgetown, however, got a pair of three-pointers from Wallace in the final minute of the first half and tied the game at 30-all.
Green hit 7-of-13 shots from the field and added three rebounds, two assists and two steals to lead the team with 19 points, while Summers had 12 points and six rebounds with two assists. Hibbert finished with 12 points and four boards and Wallace added 11 points, three assists and two rebounds. Freshman guard Jeremiah Rivers (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park) added four points and four rebounds in 15 minutes.
Georgetown shot 53.3 percent from the floor (24-of-45), the 13th time in 19 games this season the team has hit at least half of its field goals. The team was 8-of-16 from three-point land (50.0%) and shot 66.7 percent from the free throw line (10-of-15). Each team grabbed 25 rebounds, the Hoyas had 16 turnovers and committed only seven turnovers.
Burns scored a game-high 20 points to lead DePaul, while Chandler added 10 points.
Georgetown plays again at home on Saturday, January 27, hosting Cincinnati in a BIG EAST Conference game. Tip-off at Verizon Center is slated for noon. The game can be can seen live on MASN and heard locally on Sports Talk 980 AM.