Feb. 27, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2010 CONTACT: MIKE "MEX" CAREY (202-687-2475)
No. 11 Georgetown Falls at Home to Notre Dame, 78-64
WASHINGTON - Sophomore center Greg Monroe (New Orleans, La./Helen Cox) scored 15 points and sophomore guard Jason Clark (Arlington, Va./Bishop O'Connell) added 12 points, but it wasn't enough as Ben Hansbrough scored 21 points to lead three players in double figures as Notre Dame topped No. 11 Georgetown, 67-54, in front 15,992 fans at Verizon Center.
Georgetown falls to 19-8 overall and 9-7 in the BIG EAST, while Notre Dame improves to 19-10 overall and 8-8 in league play.
Junior guard Austin Freeman (Mitchellville, Md./DeMatha), Georgetown's leading scorer with 17.5 points per game, did not start for the first time since his freshman year and played only 23 minutes.
Notre Dame jumped out to a 31-27 lead at the half and used a 12-5 spurt over the first 3:20 of the second half to open a 43-32 on a jumper from Carleton Scott. The Hoyas got the lead to single digits, but consecutive layups from Jack Cooley gave ND its biggest lead to that point, 50-38, with 12:31 to play.
Georgetown went on an 8-0 run and pulled to within four points, 50-46, on a three-pointer from freshman guard Hollis Thompson (Los Angeles, Calif./Loyola) with 8:37 left in the game, but a 15-3 run over 4:29 gave Notre Dame on a 65-49 lead after Tim Abromaitis was fouled while taking a three-pointer.
The lead changed hands three times in the opening minutes of the game and the Hoyas led 4-3 after a layup from Monroe with 18:47 to play, but three-pointers from Carleton Scott keyed an 8-0 run as the Irish took an 11-4 lead. The Hoyas responded with an 8-2 run over 3:14, highlighted by three-pointers from Thompson and Wright.
Notre Dame, however, responded with an 8-2 run and pushed its lead back to seven points, 21-14, on a dunk from Scott, who scored 12 points in the first half. A three-pointer from Clark pulled the Hoyas to within three points, 23-20, but a jumper from Tim Abromaitis and free throws from Tory Jackson pushed the lead back to seven points, 27-20, with 5:32 in the half.
A three from Wright, a jumper from Junior Julian Vaughn (Vienna, Va./Oak Hill Academy) and free throws from Monroe pulled Georgetown to within two points, 29-27, with 1:07 left in the half, but a layup from Abromaitis with six seconds left pushed the lead to 31-27 at the break.
Monroe scored 15 points, grabbed four rebounds and had two assists to lead four players in double figures for Georgetown. Clark added 12 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals, while junior guard Chris Wright (Bowie, Md./St. John's College H.S.) added 10 points and six assists. Thompson, in his first career start, scored 12 points, had three assists and two steals.
Georgetown shot 51.1 percent from the floor (23-of-45), hit 44.4 percent of its three-pointers (8-of-18) and 71.4 percent of its free throws (10-of-14). Notre Dame held a 29-20 advantage on the boards and Georgetown handed out 15 assists with 12 steals.
Freeman did not start and entered the game with 9:06 left to play in the first half. It marked the first time all season the Hoyas did not put out the same starting lineup and it broke a streak of 79-consecutive starts for the junior.
Georgetown plays at West Virginia on Monday March 1. The game will be shown live on ESPN and can be heard locally on ESPN 980 AM.