Feb. 21, 2007
Washington, D.C. - Junior forward Jeff Green (Hyattsville, Md./Northwestern) scored a game-high 21 points to lead three players in double figures as the 12th-ranked Georgetown University men's basketball team pulled away from Cincinnati for a 75-65 win at Fifth Third Arena in Ohio Thursday night.
It was the 10th-straight win for the Hoyas, who improve to 21-5 overall and 11-2 in the BIG EAST Conference. The team's 10-consecutive wins have all come at the hands of conference opponents, the first time since 1984-85 that a Georgetown team has won 10 in a row against league foes. Cincinnati loses its ninth-straight game and falls to 10-17 overall and 1-12 in the BIG EAST.
Cincinnati, which led by as many as 10 points in the first half, fell behind by 10 points early in the second half, but used a 7-0 run to narrow the GU lead to 42-39. The lead was still three points, 46-43, when the Hoyas used an 8-0 spurt over a span of 2:28 to take a 54-43 lead on a layup by sophomore guard Jessie Sapp (New York, N.Y./National Christian Academy). The Bearcats would get no closer and Georgetown hit 8-of-12 free throws in the final 2:13 to win the team's sixth conference road game of the season. Green scored 12 of his game-high 21 points in the second half to lead the way for the Hoyas.
Georgetown held a six-point advantage at halftime (37-31) and extended it to 10 points, 42-32, on a three-pointer from junior guard Jonathan Wallace (Harvest, Ala./Sparkman) and a jumper from junior center Roy Hibbert (Adelphi, Md./ Georgetown Prep). The Bearcats, however, cut the lead to three points, 42-39, in less than a minute after baskets from John Williamson and Deonta Vaughn and a three-pointer from Cedric McGowan.
Much as they had in the first meeting between the teams, Cincinnati's shooting performance from three-point distance was a key factor in the first half. The Bearcats hit five three-pointers in the first seven-plus minutes of the game - two from Marvin Gentry and one apiece from Vaughn, Kenton Paulino and Marcus Sikes - and opened up a 17-7 lead.
Two free throws from Green and a three from Wallace cut the lead to 19-14, but Connor Barwin converted a conventional three-point play and Williamson hit a bucket to extend the margin to 10 points, 24-14, with 9:28 to play before the break. The Hoyas took control from that point, using a 17-7 run over the remainder of the first half to take a 37-31 lead into intermission. Five different Georgetown players scored during the run, keyed by four three-pointers, one apiece from sophomore guard Jessie Sapp (New York, N.Y./National Christian Academy) and Wallace and two from freshman guard Jeremiah Rivers (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park).
Green hit 6-of-10 shots from the field and 7-of-8 from the line for 21 points, his fourth game with at least 20 points this season and the 18th time this season he has reached double figures. Wallace added 17 points, hitting three shots from long distance, and Sapp finished with 14 points, four rebounds and four assists. Hibbert chipped in seven points and six rebounds, freshman forward DaJuan Summers (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) added six points and four rebounds and Rivers added six points.
Georgetown shot 54.0 percent from the floor (26-of-48), the 18th time this season the team has hit at least half of its field goals, 40.0 percent from three-point land (8-of-20) and 71.0 percent from the free throw line (15-of-21).
The Hoyas return to action on Saturday, hosting No. 10 Pittsburgh in a crucial BIG EAST Conference matchup at Verizon Center. Tip-off for the nationally-televised game, which can be seen on CBS with Tim Brando and Mike Gminski calling the action, is slated for 2 p.m. The game can be heard locally on Sports Talk 980 AM.