Roy Hibbert tries to block the shot of West Virginia's Darris Nichols during the first half. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Washington, D.C. - Georgetown junior center Roy Hibbert (Adelphi, Md./Georgetown Prep) scored 20 points to lead four players in double figures as No. 14 Georgetown hit nearly 60 percent of its field goals en route to a 71-53 win over No. 22 West Virginia in front of 14,203 fans at Verizon Center Monday night. The Hoyas shot over 50 percent for the eighth time in the last nine games.
It was the eighth-straight win for the Hoyas, who improve to 19-5 overall and 9-2 in the BIG EAST, while the Mountaineers fall to 19-6 overall and 7-5 in the league. All eight GU wins during the streak have been against league opponents, the first time since the 1988-89 season that the Hoyas have won eight consecutive games against conference teams.
The Hoyas took control from the outset of the game, opening up a 17-point lead (37-20) at halftime after connecting on a season-best 78.9 percent of their first half field goals. Seven straight points to open the half - a dunk from junior forward Jeff Green (Hyattsville, Md./Northwestern), a layup from junior guard Jonathan Wallace (Harvest, Ala./Sparkman) and a three-pointer from freshman DaJuan Summers (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) - gave Georgetown its biggest lead, 44-20, less than two minutes into the half. Two free throws from Hibbert extended the Hoya lead to 48-22 with 15:51 left.
Georgetown took its biggest lead of the half, 67-37 over the next nine minutes as WVU connected on just three of its next nine field goals to go along with four turnovers.
The Hoyas improve to 30-9 at the Verizon Center under third-year head coach John Thompson III. Green finished with 15 points on 7-13 shooting while handing out a game-high five assists. Wallace compiled 14 points and was 2-2 from long range while Summers posted 10 points in 29 minutes. Georgetown's starting five of Wallace, Summers, Green, Hibbert and sophomore guard Jessie Sapp (New York, N.Y.) hit 22 of the team's 26 field goals.
West Virginia came out strong, with four ties and one lead change in the first six minutes of the game. A three-pointer and a layup from Wallace gave GU a 5-2 lead, but a three from Mountaineer senior forward Frank Young tied the game. Another shot from long distance, this one from junior Darris Nichols, gave the Mountaineers an 8-7 lead, but it was their last of the half as the visitors hit a three-minute scoreless stretch.
Georgetown scored 17-straight points over a span of 6:56, taking a 24-8 lead on a pair of free throws from Hibbert, who scored eight points during the run and had nine points in the first 20 minutes. The Hoyas outscored West Virginia, 24-8, in the paint.
Joe Alexander and Nichols both scored 10 points for the Mountaineers who return home to face Seton Hall on Saturday.
Georgetown hits the road for the next two games, first visiting Villanova on Saturday, February 17. The Hoyas and Wildcats will play at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia. Tipoff on ESPN is slated for noon and the game can be heard locally on SportsTalk 980 AM.
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