Strong Second Half Propels Hoyas Past Red Storm, 72-48
Feb. 1, 2007
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Green¡¯s Career High 24 Points Leads Georgetown Past St. John¡¯s, 72-48
New York, N.Y. ©¤ Junior forward Jeff Green (Hyattsville, Md./Georgetown Prep) scored a career-high 24 points and Georgetown connected on 73 percent of its second half field goals en route to a 72-48 win over St. John¡¯s in front of 7,797 fans at Madison Square Garden.
It was the fifth-straight win for the Hoyas, who improved to 16-5 overall and 6-2 in BIG EAST play, while St. John¡¯s falls to 12-10 overall and 3-6 in the league.
St. John¡¯s had taken a 10-point lead late in the first half, but the Hoyas made a late run to narrow the gap to one point, 28-27, at the break on three-pointers from junior guard Jonathan Wallace (Harvest, Ala./Sparkman) and sophomore guard Jessie Sapp (New York, N.Y./National Christian Academy [Md.]).
Georgetown continued its surge in the second half and scored the first 11 points, taking a 38-28 lead on a Green dunk with 16:59 to play in the game. Wallace started the second half with another three-pointer as the Hoyas took their first lead of the game at 30-28 less than a minute into the half. GU followed that with a conventional three-point play from Wallace and two free throws apiece from junior center Roy Hibbert (Adelphi, Md./Georgetown Prep) and Green. Green¡¯s dunk capped a 19-0 run over a span of 4:00 minutes spanning the first and second halves.
The Hoya defense held St. John¡¯s scoreless through the first four-plus minutes of the second half and narrowed the gap to eight points on a running jumper from Anthony Mason, Jr., but the Blue and Gray used an 8-0 spurt over 2:13 and extended their lead to 16 points, 46-30, on one-of-two free throws from freshman forward DaJuan Summers (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh). Green, who scored 12 of his 24 points in the second half, started the run with a three-pointer and Sapp fed Summers for a back-door layup.
Georgetown extended its lead to 20 points, 55-35, on a breakaway dunk from Green off a pass from freshman guard Jeremiah Rivers (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park). Their biggest lead, 72-47, came on a three-pointer from senior Sead Dizdarevic (Bijelo Polje, Montenegro/North Highland [Calif.]) with 25 seconds left in the game.
St. John¡¯s hit 50 percent of its field goals in the first half and broke a 6-all tie with a 10-4 run, taking a 16-10 lead on a layup from Aaron Spears. The Hoyas cut the lead to four points, 16-12, on a Green layup, but the Red Storm again used a 10-4 run, taking a 26-16 lead on a layup from Tomas Jasiulionis. Georgetown, however, began to catch fire, hitting its final three shots of the first half ¨C three-pointers from Summers, Wallace and Sapp ¨C and getting two free throws from Green to cut the margin to 28-27.
Green connected on 9-of-13 shots from the field for 24 points, adding eight rebounds, four assists and two steals. Wallace finished with 13 points and rebounds, while Sapp added nine points, two rebounds and two assists and Hibbert finished with eight points, three rebounds and three blocked shots. Summers chipped in with six points, two rebounds and two steals and junior Patrick Ewing (Marietta, Ga./National Christian Academy [Md.]) scored five points, grabbed three rebounds, had two steals and blocked one shot in the first game of his career at Madison Square Garden, where his father Patrick starred for the 15 years for the New York Knicks.
The Hoyas connected on 56.5 percent of their field goals (26-of-46), the 15th time in 21 games this season the team has hit at least half its field goals. The team shot 50 percent from outside the arc (8-of-16) and hit 70.6 percent of its free throws (12-of-17). The Blue and Gray held a 30-22 advantage in rebounding, including a 20-7 margin in the second half.
Georgetown plays the second of two road games on Wednesday, February 7, visiting Louisville. Tip-off at Freedom Hall in Kentucky is slated for 7 p.m. The game will be shown live on ESPN and can be heard locally on SportsTalk 980 AM.