Jan. 27, 2007
Washington, D.C. - Junior center Roy Hibbert (Adelphi, Md./Georgetown Prep) scored a career-high 26 points and registered his 12th career double-double, leading the Georgetown men's basketball team to an 82-67 win over Cincinnati in front of 13,106 fans at Verizon Center Saturday afternoon. Hibbert added a game-high 11 rebounds for his third double-double this season as Georgetown out-scored Cincinnati 40-16 in the paint.
It was the fourth-straight win for the Hoyas, who improved to 15-5 overall and 5-2 in the BIG EAST, while Cincinnati falls to 10-10 overall and 1-5 in league play.
Georgetown led by as many as 17 points in the first half but settled for a five-point margin (40-35) after Cincinnati shot 56 percent from the field and hit seven three-pointers in the first stanza. A quick 8-0 run to start the second half - with Hibbert scoring six points and Green adding two - extended the lead back to 13 points, 48-35, on a layup from Hibbert with 16:34 to play. Like they did in the first half, the Bearcats used the three-pointer to get back into it, using an 11-3 run and pulling to within five points, 51-46, on a three-pointer from Deonta Vaughn.
The Bearcats pulled to within nine points on a three-pointer from Vaughn, but a Green layup and free throws from Hibbert extended the lead back to 13 points, 65-51, with 7:23 to play. Georgetown hit 10-of-12 free throws in the final five minutes to seal the win.
The Hoyas took charge in the first half, taking an early lead after baskets from Green and Hibbert, but back-to-back three-pointers from Sikes, who scored 16 points in the first half, tied the game. Georgetown broke a 6-all tie with an 11-2 run over 3:33, capped by a pair of Hibbert free throws. Sikes scored eight-straight points, two of them three-pointers, to pull the Bearcats to within five points, 21-16, with 10:22 to play.
The Hoyas responded by out-scoring UC 16-5 over a span of 6:25 - with five different players scoring during the run - and taking a 38-21 lead at 3:57 on a Green three-pointer. A dunk from sophomore guard Jessie Sapp (New York, N.Y./National Christian Academy) gave Georgetown a 40-24 lead with 2:45 left in half, but Cincinnati scored the final 11 points of the half and pulled to within five points, 40-35, on a layup from Marvin Gentry.
The Blue and Gray shot 52.8 percent from the floor, the 14th time in 20 games the team has hit at least half its field goals, hit 33.3 percent from three-point land (6-of-18) and 76.9 percent from the free throw line (20-of-26). The team held a 32-23 advantage in rebounding, handed out 17 assists and committed a season-low five turnovers.
Green added 17 points, four assists, three rebounds and two blocked shots, while junior guard Jonathan Wallace (Harvest, Ala./Sparkman) added 13 points, four assists and five rebounds and Sapp chipped in 10 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Georgetown hits the road for the next two games, starting with a date against St. John's on Thursday, February 1 at Madison Square Garden in New York. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. and the game will be shown live on ESPN.
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