Feb. 6, 2010
WASHINGTON - Not even the Snowpocalypse could stop the Georgetown men's basketball team on Saturday.
As the nation's capital was blanketed with more than 20 inches of snow for the second time this winter, nearly 11,000 fans (10,387) made their way to Verizon Center and saw junior guard Austin Freeman (Mitchellville, Md./DeMatha) and sophomore guard Jason Clark (Arlington, Va./Bishop O'Connell) combined to score 49 points as No. 7 Georgetown opened up a 19-point lead at halftime en route to a 103-90 win over No. 2 Villanova. The Hoyas improve to 17-5 overall and 7-4 in the BIG EAST, while the Wildcats had an 11-game win streak ended and fall to 20-2 overall and 9-1 in league play.
Freeman scored in double figures for the 16th-straight game as he tallied a game-high 25 points, including his first basket of the game, which made him the 41st player in Georgetown history to reach the 1,000-point plateau. Clark scored a career-high 24 points and hit 6-of-7 attempts from 3-point land, while sophomore center Greg Monroe (New Orleans, La./Helen Cox) added 19 points, eight rebounds, six assists and two blocks. Junior forward Julian Vaughn (Vienna, Va./Oak Hill Academy) added 13 points, three rebounds, three assists and two blocks and freshman guard Hollis Thompson (Los Angeles, Calif./Loyola) chipped in 12 points, a career-high against a BIG EAST opponent, and five rebounds and three assists.
The game was back and forth in the early goings with two ties and four lead changes, but Georgetown used a 21-5 run over 6:01 midway through to break open and took a 40-23 lead on a three-pointer from Clark with 4:56 left in the first half. Freeman scored eight of his 12 first half points during the run.
Georgetown took a 4-point, 12-8, lead after a three from Clark, but Corey Stokes and Scottie Reynolds hit consecutive three-pointers as the Wildcats took a 14-12 lead, their last of the game. A three from junior guard Chris Wright (Bowie, Md./St. John's College HS) gave the Hoyas a 15-14 lead with 13:17 to play. The Hoyas pushed the lead back to three points, 19-16, on free throws from Monroe, but a layup from Dominic Cheek made it a one-point game.
Over the next six minutes, it was all Georgetown as the Hoyas used a 21-5 spurt over 6:01 and took a 40-23 lead on back-to-back 3-pointers from Clark, who scored 17 of his points in the first half and hit all four of his shots from long distance. Freeman started the run with back-to-back 3-pointers of his own and had eight points during that stretch.
A layup from Villanova's Antonio Pena made it 40-25, but Clark converted a layup and a free throw to push the lead to 18 points, 43-25, with 4:12 to play. The lead grew to 21 points, 46-25, on a 3-pointer from Thompson with 2:47 to play and the Hoyas took their biggest lead of the game, 50-27, on a layup from Freeman with 1:44 left.
Leading by 19 points, 50-31, at halftime, Georgetown maintained a double-digit lead through the entire second half. A free throw from Thompson gave the Hoyas a 78-59 lead with 8:27 to play, but the Wildcats used a 12-3 run over 3:11 and narrowed the gap to 10 points, 81-71, on a free throw from Reynolds. A free throw from Freeman and a dunk and free throw from Vaughn pushed the lead back to 14 points, 85-71, but consecutive 3-pointers from Taylor King made it a 10-point game again, 87-77, with 3:02 to play. Free throws from Vaughn and Thompson and a dunk from Vaughn with 2:04 to play gave the Hoyas a 93-79 with 2:04 to play as the Hoyas wound down the win.
Georgetown shot 56.3 percent from the floor (27-of-48), hit 52.6 percent of its three-pointers (10-of-19) and 78.0 percent of its free throws (39-of-50).
Georgetown hits the road for a pair of games, visiting Providence on Tuesday, Feb. 9. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m.