Hibbert's Double-Double Leads No. 9 Georgetown Past Connecticut, 59-46, As Hoyas Clinch BIG EAST Regular Season Title
March 3, 2007
Washington, D.C. - Junior center Roy Hibbert (Adelphi, Md./Georgetown Prep) recorded his sixth double-double of the season with 18 points and 12 rebounds, leading four players in double figures as No. 9 Georgetown used a big second half to pull away for a 59-46 win over Connecticut in front of 18,764 fans at Verizon Center on Saturday afternoon.
It was the 12th win in the last 13 games for the Hoyas, who improved to 23-6 overall and 13-3 in the BIG EAST Conference, clinching the league's regular season title.
Leading by four points at the half (30-26), Georgetown out-scored the Huskies, 15-1, over the first 6:20 of the second half, taking a commanding 45-27 lead on a pair of free throws from junior forward Patrick Ewing (Marietta, Ga./National Christian Academy) with 14:06 to play. Five different players scored for GU during the run, with Hibbert starting the spurt with a pair of free throws and a layup. Junior forward Jeff Green (Hyattsville, Md./Northwestern) connected on a three-pointer to extend the margin to 13 points (40-27) and a three-point play from junior guard Jonathan Wallace (Harvest, Ala./Sparkman) extended the lead to 16 points (43-27).
UConn went without a field goal until Doug Wiggins hit a three-pointer with 13:40 to play, cutting the margin to 15 points, 45-30. The Huskies pulled to within 11 points, 47-36, on a layup from Hasheem Thabeet with 10:46 to play, but the Hoyas used a 9-2 spurt over a span of 3:10, taking a 55-38 lead on a Hibbert dunk.
Hibbert led the way with 18 points, while Green added 14 and a team-high three blocks. Ewing came off the bench to score 12 with Wallace chipping in 10 points and eight boards. GU held a 40-31 advantage on the boards led by Hibbert's 12. He also added three assists, three blocks and three steals in 33 minutes of action.
The first half was tightly contested with four ties and seven lead changes. The teams traded baskets during the first 4:30 and the Hoyas broke a 6-all tie, scoring five-straight points and taking an 11-6 lead on a three-pointer from Ewing with 13:27 to play. Connecticut followed with a 10-2 spurt over a span of 4:22, taking a 16-13 lead on a jumper from Jeff Adrien with 9:05 to play before the break.
A conventional three-point play from Hibbert, who scored 11 points and grabbed eight boards in the first 20 minutes, tied the game at 16-all with 8:25 to play. It was nearly three minutes before either team scored, with free throws from UConn's Stanley Robinson giving the visitors an 18-16 lead. A three-pointer from Wallace on the ensuing possession gave the Hoyas a 19-18 lead and the lead grew to three points, 21-18, after a Green jumper. Adrien connected on a pair of jumpers and gave the Huskies a 22-21 lead, but consecutive layups from Summers and Sapp and a three from Ewing gave Georgetown its biggest lead, 28-22, with 1:40 to play, and the Hoyas settled for a four-point lead (30-26) at the break.
Georgetown connected on 40.7 percent (22-54) of its shots from the field, while limiting the Huskies to 35.8 percent (19-53) shooting and blocking six UConn attempts, led by Green's three. GU held UConn to one-for-ten shooting from three point range for the game.
Georgetown returns to action on Thursday, March 8, playing an opponent to be determined in the BIG EAST Tournament at Madison Square Garden.