No. 8 Georgetown Tops Hartford 69-59 in Season Opener
Nov. 11, 2006
WASHINGTON ─ Three players scored in double figures and No. 8 Georgetown started the 100th year of Georgetown basketball the same way the first season did in 1906-07, pulling away from Hartford for a 69-59 win in front of 9,654 fans at the Verizon Center.
Georgetown led by four points at the half, 31-27, but the visiting Hawks pulled to within four points, 58-54, late in the game. The Hoyas scored seven of the next nine points over a span of 3:33 to take a 65-56 lead on a three-pointer from sophomore forward Marc Egerson (Wilmington, Del./Glasgow), sealing the win. Georgetown hit four of six free throws in the final 1:20 to close out the scoring.
Junior forward Jeff Green (Hyattsville, Md./Northwestern) scored a game-high 17 points to pace the Hoyas, connecting on 5-of-8 shots from the field and 7-of-8 from the line. He added seven rebounds and had a team-high four assists. Fellow junior Roy Hibbert (Adelphi, Md./Georgetown Prep) added 16 points, five rebounds and two blocked shots, while junior guard Jonathan Wallace (Harvest, Ala./Sparkman) chipped in 13 points, three rebounds and three assists.
Hartford took a 3-0 lead on a three-pointer from Joe Zeglinski after the opening tip, but a matching three from Wallace tied the game. The Hoyas opened a four-point lead, 9-5, on a basket from Hibbert, but the Hawks got back-to-back three-pointers from Alex Zimnickas to take an 11-9 lead at 15:20. The teams traded baskets over the next six minutes and Hartford held a two-point lead, 18-16, on a layup from Jaret Von Rosenberg with 9:40 to play. Georgetown proceeded to go on a 9-0 run over a 3:56 span, opening up their biggest lead, 25-18, on a pair of Green free throws. A layup from Green with 4:51 to play in the half matched the Hoyas lead at 27-20, but a three-pointer from Zimnickas and a basket from Zeglinski made it a four-point lead at the break, 31-27.
A tip-in from Hibbert early in the second half gave the Hoyas their biggest lead, 38-30, but the Hawks did not go away, scoring nine-straight points over a span of 2:28, taking a 39-38 lead on a Zimnickas layup with 14:12 left in the game. The Hartford lead was short-lived, as a basket from Green gave the Hoyas a 40-39 lead they would not relinquish.
Wallace's three with 13:18 to play gave the Hoyas a four-point lead, 43-39, and they increased it to six points on two occasions - on a layup from Egerson with 9:11 left and free throws from Green with 7:37 to play - but the Hawks hung around, pulling to within one point, 54-53, on a jumper from Bo Taylor. Back-to-back layups from sophomore guard Jessie Sapp (New York, N.Y./National Christian Academy [Md.]) and Hibbert increased the lead to 58-54 before the decisive run.
Georgetown finished the game connecting on 41.5 percent of its field goals (22-of-53), 26.1 percent of its three-pointers (6-of-23) and 79.2 percent of its free throws (19-of-24). The Hoyas were dominant on the boards, grabbing 39 to Hartford's 23. Junior guard/forward Tyler Crawford (Stuarts Draft, Va./Robert E. Lee) added eight points and a team-high nine rebounds, while Egerson finished with seven points and three boards.
The Hoyas are next in action on Wednesday, November 15, when they travel to play Vanderbilt. Tip-off is slated for 9 p.m.