March 18, 2009
WACO, TEXAS - Georgetown jumped out to a 10-point lead at the half and took a four-point lead in the latter stages of the second half in front of a partisan crowd at the Ferrell Center, but it wasn't enough as the Hoyas lost to Baylor, 74-72, in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament on Wednesday night. The Hoyas finish the season with a 16-15 overall record.
After leading by 10 points at the half, Baylor came out strong in the second half and took a 47-46 lead. Tied at 63-all after a jumper from Curtis Jerrells, junior forward DaJuan Summers (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) scored a pair of baskets to give the Hoyas a 67-63 lead, the latter on a dunk with 6:07 to play.
The Bears, however, used a 7-0 over 1:43 and took a three-point lead, 70-67, on a three-pointer from Tweety Carter with 4:24 left in the game, their biggest lead since early in the first half. Georgetown had chances in the final three minutes to tie the game, but missed three three-pointers with 2:30 to play. After the third miss, Baylor extended its lead to 72-67 on a dunk from Kevin Rogers with 1:39 to play.
The Hoyas pulled to within 72-69 on a drive from sophomore guard Chris Wright (Bowie, Md./St. John's College H.S. [D.C.]) and forced a shot clock violation on Baylor with a minute left, but Wright's three-point attempt with 10 seconds left was off the mark. Jerrells hit a pair of free throws with 8.5 seconds left in the game to make it 74-69 and Summers hit a three-pointer with four seconds left to leave an opening. After Jerrells missed the front end of a one-and-one, Summers took a half court three-pointer that fell short, giving the Bears the 74-72 win.
Georgetown led by 10 points at the half, 44-34, but the Bears came out strong in the second half and the Hoyas missed their first three shots after hitting more than 80 percent of their first half shots. A basket from Josh Lomers, three-straight three-pointers from LaceDarius Dunn and two free throws from Dunn capped a 13-2 Baylor run over the first 3:36 of the second half, giving the hosts a 47-46 lead.
The Hoyas, however, responded. Trailing by one, the Hoyas used a 10-4 spurt over 3:28 and took a 56-51 lead on a three-pointer from senior guard Jessie Sapp (New York, N.Y./National Christian Academy [Md.]) with 12:56 to play. During the run, freshman Henry Sims (Baltimore, Md./Mount St. Joseph) scored four points and the run was started when Wright drove the basket and found freshman Jason Clark (Arlington, Va./Bishop O'Connell) at the top of the key for a three, giving GU a 49-47 lead.
GU's lead was trimmed to 56-55 on a pull-up jumper from Jerrells, but a jumper in the lane from freshman center Greg Monroe (New Orleans, La./Helen Cox) gave the Hoyas a 58-55 lead. The Bears trimmed the lead to one point on a pair of occasions, but each time the Hoyas responded, first on a layup from Clark and then on a conventional three-point play from Summers that gave the Hoyas a 63-59 lead with 9:03 to play.
Baylor used an early 5-1 spurt to take a 12-9 lead on a fallaway jumper from Kevin Rogers, but a 9-0 run over 2:17 - capped by a jumper from Monroe with 13:37 to play - gave the Hoyas an 18-12 lead. Freeman hit a pair of baskets and Sapp contributed a three-pointer during the run.
The Bears pulled to within 18-15 on a three-pointer from Jerrells, but a 9-1 run over 2:41 gave the Hoyas a 27-16 lead. Sapp started it with his second three-ball, Freeman followed with a conventional three-point play and Summers hit one of his three first half three-pointers to give the Hoyas their biggest lead. Baylor again pulled to within five points, 29-24, on a dunk from Quincy Acy, but an 8-2 GU run over 2:54 gave the Hoyas a 37-26 lead on a pair of free throws from Monroe.
Georgetown took its biggest lead of the half, 44-32, when sophomore Julian Vaughn (Vienna, Va./Oak Hill Academy) fed Wright for three-pointer with 44 seconds left in the half. The Hoyas led 44-34 at the break.
Summers scored 19 points and had four steals to lead the Hoyas, while Monroe added 12 points and three assists. Sophomore guard Austin Freeman (Mitchellville, Md./DeMatha) finished with 11 points and four rebounds, while Wright added 10 points and six assists. Sapp finished with nine points and three rebounds.