Nov. 15, 2007
Washington, D.C. - Fifth-ranked Georgetown scored the first 12 points of the game, held Michigan without a rebound for the first nine minutes of the game and had nine different players scored at least two points en route to a 74-52 win over the Wolverines in front of 12,653 fans at Verizon Center Thursday night. It was the second-straight win for the Blue and Gray, who improve to 2-0 overall, while Michigan falls to 2-1.
The Hoyas made quick work of Michigan in the opening minutes of the game, hitting five of their first seven shots and taking a 12-0 lead as the Wolverines were scoreless for the first 4:10. Back-to-back layups from senior forward Patrick Ewing, Jr. (Marietta, Ga./National Christian Academy) gave GU an early 4-0 lead. The second of three Michigan turnovers in the first three minutes were answered by a three-pointer from sophomore forward DaJuan Summers (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh), a jumper from senior guard Jonathan Wallace (Harvest, Ala./Sparkman) and a three from sophomore guard Jeremiah Rivers (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park).
Michigan scored its first basket on a layup from Zack Gibson to make it 12-2, but the Hoyas outscored the Wolverines 16-5 over the next 4:15 - with Wallace and junior guard Jessie Sapp (New York, N.Y./National Christian Academy) hitting treys and freshman Austin Freeman (Mitchellville, Md./DeMatha) nailing two from long distance - to open a 28-7 margin midway through the first half.
Senior center Roy Hibbert (Adelphi, Md./Georgetown Prep) got into the action later in the half, scoring six of his eight first half points in a three-minute stretch as Georgetown held a commanding 43-19 lead at the break.
The Hoyas shot 51.4 percent from the floor in the first half (18-of-35), including a blistering 63.6 percent from three-point land as they connected on 7-of-11 shots from long distance.
Head Coach John Thompson III was able to employ many of his underclassmen with considerable minutes in the second half, as guard Chris Wright (Bowie, Md./St. John's College [D.C.]) played 16 minutes, Freeman played 15 minutes, sophomore Vernon Macklin (Portsmouth, Va./Hargrave Military Academy) appeared for 14 minutes and Rivers played 14 minutes.
The Hoyas took their biggest lead of the game to that point (27 points, 46-19) on the opening basket of the second half, a three from Wallace, and led by at least 22 points the rest of the way. A layup from Freeman midway through the second half gave Georgetown its biggest lead of the game, 61-33.
Hibbert scored 12 points, grabbed six rebounds and blocked three shots in 18 minutes and Sapp added 12 points, six rebounds and five assists in 19 minutes to lead four players in double figures. Wright scored 10 points and grabbed six rebounds and Freeman added 10 points and three boards. Wallace finished with eight points, four assists and three rebounds in 15 minutes, Summers added five points, four boards and two steals in 26 minutes and Ewing chipped in six points, three rebounds and three assists in 17 minutes.
The Hoyas shot 47.0 percent from the floor (31-of-66), and 52.6 percent from three-point land (10-of-19). The Blue and Gray controlled the boards (4-31) and handed out 18 assists while committing only 11 turnovers.
Georgetown plays its first road game of the season on Tuesday, November 21, visiting Ball State for a non-league game in Muncie, Indiana.