No. 22 Georgetown Pulls Away from Jacksonville, 71-62, with Four in Double Figures
Nov. 17, 2008
Washington, D.C. - The career of Georgetown center Greg Monroe (New Orleans, La./Helen Cox) got off to a quick start as the freshman scored the Hoyas first basket of the season and was one of four players in double figures for the 22nd-ranked Hoyas en route to a 71-62 win over Jacksonville in front of 10,253 fans at Verizon Center Monday night.
It was the fourth-straight season the Hoyas won their season opener, and it was the team's 22nd-straight win at Verizon Center. Jacksonville falls to 0-2 overall.
Georgetown led by 16 points early in the second half and still held a 12-point lead, 52-40, on a dunk from junior forward DaJuan Summers (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh), but a 9-2 run over 4:58, capped by a layup from Marcus Allen, pulled the Dolphins to within five points, 54-49.
JU continued to press and pulled to within four points on three occasions in the final four minutes of the game, the last at 4:12, as the a pair of Ben Smith free throws brought the score to 59-55. The Hoyas, however, hit 12-of-14 free throws in the final 4:02 of the game, with Summers hitting 4-of-6 and senior guard Jessie Sapp (New York, N.Y./National Christian Academy [Md.]), sophomore guard Chris Wright (Bowie, Md./St. John's College High School) and freshman Jason Clark (Arlington, Va./Bishop O'Connell) each hitting a pair as the lead grew back to 12 points, 71-59, with 39 seconds to play in the game.
Leading by 12 points at the break, 37-25, the Hoyas pushed the lead to 14 points twice in the opening minutes of the second half, first on a layup from Sapp (41-27) and then on a layup (43-29) from Monroe. A pair of free throws from Sapp capped an 8-4 GU run to start the second half and gave the Hoyas their biggest lead, 45-29, with 16:19 to play.
Georgetown jumped on top quickly in the first half, with Monroe scoring 13 seconds in as the Blue and Gray scored the first six points of the game, the next four on a dunk and layup, respectively, from Summers.
The Hoyas, who led the nation in field goal percentage defense last season, were just as stingy to start the 2008-09 season. Jacksonville went more than six minutes without a field goal, pulling to within 10-4 when Marcus Allen hit a jumper with 13:48 to play in the first half.
An 8-3 run capped by a layup from Ayron Hardy pulled the Dolphins to within one point, 13-12, with 9:08 to play, but the Hoyas held JU without a basket for nearly minutes and used a 9-0 run to take a 22-12 lead on a layup by Sapp with 6:12 to play.
Baskets from Ben Smith and Allen pulled Jacksonville to within eight points on a pair of occasions, but a three-pointer from Wright - who scored 14 points in the first half - and a pair of free from sophomore guard Omar Wattad (Johnson City, Tenn./Science Hill) gave GU a 29-16 lead with 3:09 to play. Wright hit a three-pointer, with an assist from Monroe, as eight seconds were left in the half, giving GU its biggest lead, 37-23, and they settled for a 12-point lead, 37-25, at the break.
Monroe finished with 14 points and seven rebounds to lead Georgetown, while Wright added 16 points, five rebounds and four assists. Summers added 13 points and four rebounds and Sapp finished with 11 points, six rebounds and three assists.
Georgetown shot 40.4 percent from the field (21-of-52) and limited Jacksonville to 35.4 percent (23-of-65) shooting. The Hoyas hit 72.7 percent of their free throws (24-of-33) and hit only 21.7 percent from three-point land (5-of-23). GU had 11 assists, 11 turnovers and blocked six shots.
Georgetown hosts Drexel on Saturday, Nov. 22 at Verizon Center. Tip-off is slated for 1 p.m.