Feb. 17, 2007
Philadelphia, Pa. -Junior forward Jeff Green (Hyattsville, Md./Northwestern) hit a running jumper with 20 seconds left, added two more free throws with 3.6 seconds on the clock and No. 14 Georgetown came back from an 11-point first-half deficit to beat Villanova, 58-55, in front of 19,089 fans at Wachovia Center in Philadelphia Saturday afternoon.
It was the ninth-straight win for Georgetown, which improves to 20-5 overall and 10-2 in the BIG EAST, while Villanova falls to 18-8 overall and 6-6 in league play. The nine wins tie the longest win streak for the Hoyas since the 2003-04 season, when the Hoyas won nine-straight to open the season. It is also the first time that Georgetown has won nine-straight games against BIG EAST Conference opponents since the 1983-84 season.
Trailing by one point, 55-54, after freshman forward DaJuan Summers (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) hit one of two free throws, junior center Roy Hibbert (Adelphi, Md./Georgetown Prep) blocked a shot from Villanova's Dante Cunningham with 45.9 seconds left. After a 30-second timeout, Green took a 12-foot running jumper with 19.9 seconds left to give the Hoyas a 56-55 lead. A shot from Villanova's Will Sheridan was off the mark and after Summers rebounded the shot, Green was fouled with 3.6 seconds left and sank both free throws to give Georgetown a 58-55 lead. A three-point attempt from Villanova's Scottie Reynolds was off the mark, giving the Hoyas the thrilling win.
Villanova led by two points at halftime (29-27), but got a pair of three-pointers from Shane Clark and a basket from Reynolds in the opening minutes of the second half to extend their lead to eight points, 37-29. The Hoyas scored 10 of the next 12 points in a span of 2:43 - a three-pointer and a convention three-point play from sophomore guard Jessie Sapp (New York, N.Y./National Christian Academy) sandwiched around baskets from junior guard Jonathan Wallace (Harvest, Ala./Sparkman) and freshman DaJuan Summers (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) - to tie the game at 39-all.
A free throw from Reggie Redding gave Villanova a 40-39 lead, but Sapp hit a three-pointer and Hibbert scored on a tip-in, giving Georgetown its biggest lead, 44-40, with 11:49 to play. There were four ties and five lead changes in the ensuing 10 minutes before Summers hit his free throw, setting up Green's dramatics at the end of the game.
Villanova jumped out to the early lead in the first half, with Reynolds hitting a pair of shots, including a three-pointer, to give the hosts a 7-2 lead. The Hoyas pulled to within two points on two occasions, first on a three-pointer from junior forward Patrick Ewing Jr. (Marietta, Ga./National Christian Academy [Md.]) and then on a dunk from Green with 9:22 to play. The Wildcats, however, responded with a 16-8 run over a span of 4:51, with Reynolds scoring eight points, and took their biggest lead of the half, 29-18, when Redding hit one of two free throws with 4:31 to play.
Georgetown held Villanova scoreless over the remainder of the half and used a 9-0 run to pull within two points, 29-27, on a half-court heave from Sapp. Green, who scored 11 first half points, started the run with a dunk, Summers scored four points off of two free throws and a dunk and Sapp's three-pointer kept the margin at only two points.
Green scored a game-high 19 points, grabbed nine rebounds, handed out four assists and blocked a career-high eight shots to lead three players in double figures for the Hoyas. Sapp connected on 6-of-10 shots from the field, including 3-of-4 from three-point land, to score 16 points with five rebounds and three assists, while Summers finished with 11 points, six rebounds and four blocked shots.
The Hoyas shot 44.7 percent from the floor (21-of-47), 38.5 percent from outside the arc (5-of-13) and hit 73.3 percent of their free throws (11-of-15) The team finished with 15 assists and a season-high 14 blocked shots, while Villanova held a 35-31 advantage in rebounding.
Georgetown plays its second-straight road game on Wednesday, February 21, visiting Cincinnati. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. at First Third Arena. The game will be shown live on MASN and can be heard locally on AM 1260.
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