Nov. 27, 2006
Washington, D.C. - No. 18 Georgetown connected on 52 percent of its field goals, had a season-high 20 assists and never trailed en route to a 69-54 win over Ball State in a non-league game at Verizon Center in front of 6,942 fans. The win saw third-year Hoya Head Coach John Thompson III top his younger brother, first-year Ball State Head Coach Ronny Thompson.
It was the second-straight win for the Blue and Gray, who improve to 4-1 overall, while Ball State lost for the fourth-straight time, falling to 2-4.
"This was hard," John Thompson III said afterward. "I mean, I knew this was going to be difficult and it was much more difficult than I had anticipated. That's my brother and I want him to have success. I want to watch their tapes in a manner in which to help them."
Georgetown held its biggest halftime lead of the season at 12 points (40-28) and out-scored Ball State 13-6 over the first 7:13 of the second half, taking a 53-34 lead on a three-pointer from sophomore Marc Egerson (Wilmington, Del./Glasgow). The Hoyas took their biggest lead of the game, 69-46, on a three-pointer from junior Patrick Ewing (Marietta, Ga./National Christian Academy) with 1:49 to play in the game.
The Blue and Gray shot 56.0 percent in the first half, controlled the paint and had assists on 13 of their 14 first-half field goals to take a 40-28 lead at the break. The Hoyas scored the first five points of the game after a layup from junior guard Jonathan Wallace (Harvest, Ala./Sparkman) and a three-pointer from Jeff Green (Hyattsville, Md./Northwestern). After the Cardinals pulled to within four points, 8-4, on a basket from Micah Rollin, the Hoyas scored eight-straight points over a span of 1:17 and took a 16-4 lead on a Green jumper with 13:34 to play in the half.
Ball State went on a 9-2 run over a 3:17 span and pulled to within five points, 18-13, on a jumper from Peyton Stovall, and were within four points, 22-18, after a three-pointer from Stovall with just over seven minutes left before halftime. Georgetown responded with an 11-1 spurt over a span of 2:46 and extended its lead to 33-19 after freshman forward DaJuan Summers (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) hit a three-pointer, a layup and a free throw.
Green finished with a game-high 14 points, had six rebounds, handed out four assists and had two steals, while Summers added 12 points, connecting on 3-of-4 shots from the field and 5-of-7 from the free throw line. Freshman Vernon Macklin (Portsmouth, Va./Hargrave) added 10 points off the bench and six other players scored for the Hoyas. Junior Roy Hibbert (Adelphi, Md./Georgetown Prep) added nine points and seven rebounds, Egerson finished with seven points and two rebounds and sophomore Jessie Sapp (New York, N.Y./National Christian Academy) added six points and a career-high eight assists.
Georgetown connected on 52.1 percent of its shots from the field (25-of-48), 46.7 percent of its three-pointers (7-of-15) and 70.6 percent of its free throws (12-of-17). The Hoyas held a 31-25 advantage on the glass and handed out 20 assists on 25 field goals.
Rollin and Anthony Newell scored 10 points to lead the Cardinals (2-4), who were playing their third game in four days.
Georgetown plays the second of two home games this week when the team hosts Oregon on Wednesday night at Verizon Center. Tipoff is slated for 7:30 p.m.