Greg Monroe dunks the ball as Drexel's Evan Neisler looks on. (AP)
Nov. 22, 2008
Washington, D.C. - Freshman center Greg Monroe (New Orleans, La./Helen Cox) scored a game-high 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead four players in double figures as No. 22 Georgetown opened up a 17-point halftime en route to an 81-53 win over Drexel in front of 11,434 fans at Verizon Center Saturday afternoon.
It was the second-straight win for the Hoyas, who improve to 2-0 overall, while Drexel falls to 1-1.
Georgetown led by 17 points, 42-25, at the break and scored the first 11 points of the second half to take a 53-25 lead on a three-pointer by senior guard Jessie Sapp (New York, N.Y./National Christian Academy [Md.]) with 17:38 to play. Two of the Hoyas upperclassmen - Sapp and junior forward DaJuan Summers (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) - were responsible for all of the points in the opening minutes. Summers hit a pair of free throws, added a steal and a fast break dunk, Sapp followed with a layup and Summers hit two more free throws before Sapp closed it out with his three.
A three-pointer from Drexel's Jamie Harris narrowed the gap to 57-34 with 14:27 to play, but the Hoyas used an 8-0 run over 1:27 and extended their lead to 31 points, 65-34, on a three-pointer from Freeman with 13:01 to play. Freeman scored six points during the run, scoring in addition on a conventional three-point play, while Monroe added a jumper.
Georgetown took its biggest lead, 67-35, on a pair of free throws from Summers with 9:50 to play.
Monroe scored 20 points, connecting on 7-of-9 shots from the field and all six of his free throw attempts, grabbed a game-high eight rebounds and added four assists, three blocked shots and three steals. Sophomore guard Austin Freeman (Mitchellville, Md./DeMatha) added 16 points, five rebounds and three assists, sophomore Chris Wright (Bowie, Md./St. John's College High School) chipped in 11 points, seven assists and five rebounds, while Summers added 10 points, four boards, two assists and two steals.
Georgetown connected on 52.8 percent of its field goals (28-of-53), hit 28.6 percent of its three-pointers (6-of-21) and hit 86.4 percent from the free throw line (19-of-22). The Hoyas held a 34-33 advantage in rebounding, handed out 18 assists (on 28 field goals), committed 11 turnovers and had 13 steals, with Sapp registering a game-high five.
Drexel had jumped on top in the opening minute of the game with a pair of free throws form Jamie Harris, but the Hoyas quickly turned on the pressure and took advantage of a pair of turnovers during a 15-0 run over a span of 3:38 and took a 15-2 lead on a three-pointer from Freeman with 15:06 to play in the half. Freeman started the run with a pair of layups, while Wright scored two-straight baskets, Monroe added a dunk and Summers hit a layup.
Free throws from Drexel's Gerald Colds made it 26-13 with 6:03 to play in the half, but a 9-0 spurt over the next 3:11 - capped by a breakaway dunk from freshman Jason Clark (Arlington, Va./Bishop O'Connell) - gave the Hoyas a 35-13 lead with 2:52 to play in the half. Georgetown's biggest lead of the opening 20 minutes came on a three-pointer from Wright with 2:23 to play, extending the margin to 23 points, 38-15. A three-pointer from Colds with four seconds left in the break gave the Hoyas a 42-25 lead. Overall the Hoyas shot 61.5 percent (16-for-26) from the floor in first half.
Georgetown plays next on Thursday, Nov. 26, meeting Wichita State in the opening round of the Old Spice Classic.
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