Georgetown Tops Tulane In Season Opener, 74-58
Nov. 13, 2009
NEW ORLEANS - Sophomore center Greg Monroe (New Orleans, La./Helen Cox) recorded his fifth career double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds and led four players in double figures as the No. 20 Georgetown men's basketball team beat Tulane, 74-58, in front of 3,463 fans at Fogelman Arena. It was the fifth-straight season opening win for the Hoyas, who improve to 1-0, while Tulane falls to 0-1.
Junior guard Austin Freeman (Mitchellville, Md./DeMatha) added 16 points, six rebounds and five assists, while sophomore guard Jason Clark (Arlington, Va./Bishop O'Connell) finished with a career-high 13 points, five assists and four rebounds and junior guard Chris Wright (Bowie, Md./St. John's College HS) chipped in 11 points.
Leading by just five points, 32-27, at the break, the Hoyas pushed the lead back to 10 points on a three-pointer from Clark and a layup from Wright. The lead grew to 12 points on a layup from Monroe at the 16:56 mark, but Tulane cut the lead to eight points, 41-33, on a breakaway dunk from Asim McQueen. Tulane's sophomore forward, however, was called for a technical foul for hanging on the rim and Freeman calmly sank both shots to push the lead back to 10 points.
Freeman's free throws were the start of a decisive 20-7 run over a span of 6:19 as Georgetown turned an 8-point game into a 61-40 lead after a pair of free throws from sophomore center Henry Sims (Baltimore, Md./Mount St. Joseph). Georgetown took its biggest lead, 22 points (65-43), on a pair of free throws from Monroe with 7:31 to play and matched it (74-52) on a three-pointer from Clark with 1:38 left to play.
During the run, Georgetown held Tulane without a field goal for a span of 4:15 and the Green Wave hit only nine second half field goals. The Hoyas did a nice job distributing the ball in the second half, with 11 assists on 16 field goals.
The Hoyas had jumped out to a quick lead in the first half, with Freeman hitting a three-pointer and junior forward Julian Vaughn (Vienna, Va./Oak Hill Academy), starting his first career game, nailing a three and scoring on a pretty reverse layup. Another three-pointer from Freeman pushed the lead to 11-0 and it wasn't until the 14:15 mark that Tulane hit a field goal, with a jumper from McQueen making it 11-3.
A fast break layup from Freeman gave the Hoyas a 10-point lead, 17-7, with 12:12 to play and a layup from Monroe at 8:05 matched that lead, 23-13. Backed by a vocal crowd, Tulane got back into it and narrowed the lead to four points, 23-19, on a layup from Trent Rogers. A jumper from Vaughn and a three from Wright pushed the lead back to nine points, 28-19, with 3:28 to play, but three-straight baskets from David Booker, including two three-pointers, made it 30-27 with 1:28 to play. Monroe hit a pair of free throws with 34 seconds left as the Hoyas took a 32-27 lead at the break.
Georgetown shot 52.8 percent from the floor (28-of-53), including a blistering 61.5 percent (16-of-26) in the second half. The Hoyas connected on 41.2 percent of their three-pointers (7-of-17) and hit 61.1 percent from the free throw line (11-of-28). GU held a 36-25 edge in rebounding, handed out 17 assists, committed 15 turnovers and had seven steals.
Georgetown will play its home opener on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at Verizon Center, hosting Temple at 4 p.m. as part of ESPN''s "24 Hours of College Basketball." Mike Patrick and Len Elmore will call the game on ESPN, and the game can be heard locally on ESPN 980 AM, with Rich Chvotkin providing the call.