Nov. 12, 2011
WASHINGTON - Senior center Henry Sims (Baltimore, Md./Mount St. Joseph) scored a career-high 19 points, grabbed six rebounds and had five assists, while junior forward Hollis Thompson (Los Angeles, Calif./Loyola) chipped in 13 points, four rebounds and four assists as nine different players scored at least one point, leading the Georgetown men's basketball team to an 83-54 win over Savannah State in the season opener for both teams on Saturday afternoon at Verizon Center. The Hoyas are now 1-0 overall, while Savannah State is 0-1.
Senior guard Jason Clark (Arlington, Va./Bishop O'Connell) added nine points, two assists and two steals, while sophomore forward Nate Lubick (Southborough, Mass./St. Mark's) added eight points, seven rebounds and tied a career-high with five assists and freshman forward Otto Porter (Sikeston, Mo./Scott County Central) added nine points and eight rebounds.
The Hoyas led by eight points (32-24) at the break, but a three-pointer Deric Rudolph and a layup from Joshua Montomery cut the lead to 32-29 20 seconds into the half and forced Georgetown to call a timeout. The Hoyas responded with a 10-0 run over 3:12 capped by a layup from Sims that forced the Tigers to call a timeout. After the timeout, the run continued with a dunk from Lubick giving the Hoyas a 44-29 lead.
After a jumper from Rashad Hassan cut the lead to 44-31, Georgetown used an 8-0 run and took its biggest lead, 52-31, on a three-pointer from Thompson with 12:53 to play.
The lead grew to 22 points, 70-48, on a three-pointer from Porter with 4:25 left in the game, while a layup from freshman forward Mikael Hopkins (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha) gave GU its biggest lead of the game at 29 points, 83-54, with nine seconds left to play in the game.
Georgetown opened up a 32-24 lead at the half, with Savannah State hanging within four points for most of the first 20 minutes. Leading by only four points, 25-21, after a jumper from Patrick Hendley, the Hoyas used a 7-0 spurt over 2:49 and took a 32-21 lead on a free throw from freshman guard Jabril Trawick (Philadelphia, Pa./Abington Friends). A three-pointer from Deric Rudolph cut the lead to eight points.
The Hoyas led from the start after a basket from Sims, but the Tigers hung in, cutting the lead to three points, 10-7, on a layup from Rashad Hassan. A mini run of 6-1 gave GU a 16-8 lead on a layup from Clark with 9:16 6o play. The lead was still eight points, 23-15, on a three-pointer from and Greg Whittington (Columbia, Md./Oakland Mills) with 5:38 left in the half, but the Tigers used a 6-2 spurt to pull within four points.
Georgetown connected on 66.7 percent of its shots from the field (34-of-51), hit 53.3 percent of its three-pointers (8-of-15) and 58.3 percent of its free throws (7-of-12). The Hoyas held a 34-29 advantage on the boards, handed out 22 assists and committed 14 turnovers with 10 blocks and eight steals.
Sophomore guard Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep) added eight points, two assists and two steals in 25 minutes while Hopkins finished with four points, three rebounds and two blocks and Trawick added five points and two rebounds.
The Hoyas continue their homestand on Monday, Nov. 14, hosting UNC Greensboro in a Mainland game of the Maui Invitational at Verizon Center. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. The game will be shown live on MASN and can be heard locally on AM 570.
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