Wright, Monroe Help Lead Georgetown Past South Florida, 65-40
Feb. 18, 2009
Chris Wright (Bowie, Md./St. John's College H.S. [D.C.]) scored a game-high 17 points and freshman center Greg Monroe (New Orleans, La./Helen Cox) recorded his second-straight double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds as the Hoyas used a big first half en route to a 65-40 win over South Florida in front of 10,411 fans at the Sun Dome Wednesday night.
The win improves Georgetown to 14-10 overall and 5-8 in the BIG EAST Conference, while South Florida falls to 8-17 overall and 3-10 in league play. The 40 points scored by South Florida were the fewest given up by a Georgetown team since beating Miami, 77-40, during the 1993-94 season.
"It was a great win," Georgetown Head Coach John Thompson III said after the game. "We needed it, we need wins. It feels really good right now. Hopefully we can get a little momentum from this, winning on the road and coming home. Our fans are great and we're going to need them."
The Hoyas led by 17 points, 34-17, at the break, and took a 39-17 lead after Wright scored three points with 1-of-2 free throws and a layup and Monroe hit a layup with 18:17 to play in the game. South Florida scored six-straight points and pulled to within 39-23 on a jumper from Dominique Jones with 16:12 to play. The Hoyas, however, responded with a 7-0 spurt over 1:03, taking their biggest lead, 23 points, 46-23, on a Wright layup with 15:03 left to play. In a second half of runs, South Florida came back with a 7-0 run of their own, narrowing the gap to 16 points, 46-30, on a free throw from Chris Howard with 12:55 to play.
After both teams missed chances in the next two minutes, Georgetown sealed the win with an 8-1 run over 1:28 that was capped on a three-point play from Wright, giving the Hoyas a 54-32 lead. The Hoyas took their biggest lead of the night, 27 points, 61-34, on a three-pointer from junior forward DaJuan Summers (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) with 5:10 to play in the game.
The Hoyas jumped out to a 10-4 lead in opening minutes of the game, with Freeman scoring a pair of baskets and GU holding South Florida without a field goal for the first 6:22 of the game. The Bulls, however, managed to stay in the game, with free throws from Chris Howard with 8:18 to play cutting the Hoya lead to 15-13.
Georgetown opened things up from that point, using a 16-0 run over 4:07 and took a 31-13 lead on a layup from Freeman with 3:56 to play. The run was started on free throws from Monroe, who scored four points, but was keyed by two three-pointers and a runner in the lane from senior guard Jessie Sapp (New York, N.Y./National Christian Academy [Md.]).
The Hoya run ended on a dunk from USF's Alex Rivas Sanchez with 3:45 to play in the first half, making it 31-15. A three-pointer from freshman guard Jason Clark (Arlington, Va./Bishop O'Connell) gave Georgetown a 34-17 lead at the break.
Wright hit 6-of-9 shots from the field to score 17 points and handed out six assists, while Monroe added 12 points, 10 rebounds, three steals and two assists. Sapp added 10 points and three boards off the bench, Clark chipped in nine points and four boards, Summers scored eight points, had three boards, three assists and three steals and Freeman contributed with seven points and a game-high six assists.
The Hoyas shot 58.1 percent from the floor (25-of-43), 42.9 percent from three-point land (6-of-14) and hit 75.0 percent of their free throws (9-of-12). GU held a 36-23 advantage on the glass, handed out 17 assists and committed 18 turnovers.
Georgetown returns home on Saturday, February 21, hosting No. 10 Marquette in a crucial BIG EAST Conference matchup. Tip-off at Verizon Center is slated for 2 p.m. The game will be shown live on ESPN, with Mike Patrick and Len Elmore calling the action, and can be heard locally on ESPN 980 AM, with Rich Chvotkin providing the play-by-play.