Feb. 18, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Junior forward Hollis Thompson (Los Angeles, Calif./Loyola) scored 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead three players in double figures as No. 10 Georgetown used a 13-3 run midway through the second half en route to a 63-53 win over Providence in a BIG EAST men's basketball matchup at the Dunkin' Donuts Center Saturday night.
It was the second-straight win for the Hoyas, who improve to 20-5 overall and 10-4 in the BIG EAST, while Providence falls to 13-15 overall and 2-13 in league play.
Senior guard Jason Clark (Arlington, Va./Bishop O'Connell) added 13 points, six rebounds and four assists and senior center Henry Sims (Baltimore, Md./Mount St. Joseph), had 10 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Sophomore forward Nate Lubick (Southborough, Mass./St. Marks), a native of nearby Southborough, Mass., scored nine points and had three assists in his return home.
The Hoyas led by 11 points at the half, 31-20, and pushed the lead to 13 points on a thunderous dunk from Lubick on the first possession of the second half. The lead was 11 points on a jumper from Thompson with 17:17 to play in the game and 10 points, 36-26, on one of two free throws from Lubick with 16:27 remaining. Providence used a 6-0 spurt to pull within 36-32 on a dunk from Ron Riplaye with 14 minutes left.
Back-to-back three-pointers from Thompson and Clark, however, pushed the Hoya lead back to 10 points, 42-32, triggering a 13-3 run over 4:23 that saw Georgetown take its biggest lead to that point, 49-35, on a conventional three-point play from freshman forward Greg Whittington (Columbia, Md./Oakland Mills).
The Hoyas took their biggest lead of the game, 55-40, on a dunk from Sims with 4:49 left in the game. Providence out-scored Georgetown 10-3 over the next 3:22 and pulled to within eight points, 58-50, on a three-pointer from Vincent Council with 1:27 to play. Lubick, however, found Sims for an open dunk with 1:15 left and then sophomore guard Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep) hit one of two free throws with 46 seconds left and Clark sealed it when he hit two shots with 35 seconds left in the game.
The Hoyas had jumped out to a 9-4 lead early in the game thanks to three-pointers from Clark, Starks and Lubick and the lead was up to 12-4 on a free throw from Lubick.
Georgetown maintained its lead after the mid-point of the first half on a breakaway dunk from Lubick with 8:18 to play and took its biggest lead, 21-11, on a layup from Porter with 4:30 to play in the half. Providence, however, pulled to within 23-21 on a pair of free throws from Bilal Dixon with 1:30 left. The Hoyas, however, scored the final eight points of the half, with a Porter layup and Thompson's three at the buzzer pushing the lead to 11 points.
Georgetown limited Providence to only 14.3 percent shooting from the field in the first half (4-of-28), but the Friars kept it close with 15 made free throws.
The Hoyas shot 45.7 percent from the floor (21-of-46), hit 46.7 percent of their three-pointers (7-of-15), but were only 60.9 percent from the free throw line (14-of-23). After trailing in rebounds at the half (20-18), GU finished with a 37-36 advantage on the glass. The Hoyas handed out 16 assists and committed 12 turnovers.
Georgetown continues its game two-game road trip on Tuesday, Feb. 21, visiting BIG EAST rival Seton Hall. The game will be shown live on MASN, with Eamon Macananey and Jim Spanarkel calling all of the action. Fans locally can tune in to Sports Talk AM 570 for the radio call from Rich Chvotkin.