Georgetown Rolls Past Rutgers, 57-47
Feb. 3, 2009
Washington, D.C. - Jessie Sapp (New York, N.Y./National Christian Academy, Md.) led the Hoyas with 11 points as Georgetown ended its five-game skid and beat Rutgers, 57-47, at Verizon Center Tuesday night. Greg Monroe (New Orleans, La./Helen Cox) finished with 10 points, his 19th game in double figures, in front of a crowd of 8,473.
In the second half, the Hoyas took off, going on a 16-5 run in the first 6:17 of the second half, and increasing their lead to 20 points on a basket by Nikita Mescheriakov (Minsk, Belarus/St. John's Prospect Hall [Md.]) from outside the arc, making the score 43-23. Georgetown matched its largest lead of the game, 49-29, later in the second half on a free-throw by Austin Freeman (Mitchellville, Md./DeMatha) at 9:25. Mescheriakov would finish the came with a career-high seven points.
Georgetown (13-8 overall, 4-6 in the BIG EAST) started the first half out slow. However, with the scored tied at 14 and 8:47 left in the first half, Jason Clark (Arlington, Va./Bishop O'Connell) came off the bench to hit a three-point shot which put the Hoyas ahead for good, 17-14. They would lead by nine, 27-18, at the half. Clark finished with six points, two assists, and two steals in 20 minutes of play.
Monroe continued his impressive statistical run, dishing out six assists and collecting four steals. Going into the game, he was ranked ninth in the BIG EAST for steals, averaging 1.7 a game. This game marked the 13th time this season he handed out at least two assists and the 10th time he registered at least two steals.
Coming into the game, Rutgers had been ranked eighth in the nation in three-point percentage defense at 28.8%. However, the Hoyas shot 38.9%, making 7-of-18 from beyond the arc. With Rutgers shooting 38.6% from the floor (17-of-44), this game marked the 10th time Georgetown has held an opponent under 40% shooting.
The win increased Georgetown's record to 24-15 over Rutgers, with the Blue and Gray winning the last seven meetings.
Georgetown next faces Cincinnati, Saturday February 7 at noon at Verizon Center. In their previous match up, the Bearcats beat the Hoyas 65-57. Saturday's game can be seen on MASN and heard locally on ESPN 980.