Nov. 29, 2006
Washington, D.C. - Aaron Brooks and Bryce Taylor combined for 29 points and visiting Oregon connected on more than 54 percent of its second half field goals en route to a 57-50 win over No. 18 Georgetown in front of 8,764 at Verizon Center on Wednesday evening.
Georgetown led at the half and was up by one point, 37-36, midway through the second half when the Ducks used a 12-5 run over a span of 8:58 to take a 49-41 lead on a layup from Maarty Luenen with 2:54 to play in the game. Taylor, who scored nine of his 14 points in the second half, started the run with a three, giving Oregon the lead for good at 39-37 with 10:47 to play. The Hoyas went 2-for-10 from the field during that stretch and committed three turnovers.
A jumper from junior forward Jeff Green (Hyattsville, Md./Northwestern) cut the lead to 49-43, but consecutive layups from Brooks, who scored a team-high 15 points, gave the Ducks' their biggest lead at 53-44 with 1:35 to play. Georgetown pulled to within five points, 55-50, on a layup from freshman guard Jeremiah Rivers (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park), but could not get closer.
The loss ends a two-game win streak for the Hoyas, who fall to 4-2. Oregon won its sixth-straight game and improved to 6-0. Last year, visiting Georgetown ended the Ducks' 35-game home court non-conference win streak with a 71-57 win in Eugene. Oregon's win ended a four-game win streak for the Hoyas at Verizon Center.
The Hoyas led by two points, 25-23, at halftime and increased their lead to six points, 29-23 in opening two minutes of the second half after a layup from junior center Roy Hibbert (Adelphi, Md./Georgetown Prep) and a layup from freshman forward DaJuan Summers (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh).
GU led by five points, 31-26, after a layup from junior guard Jonathan Wallace (Harvest, Ala./Sparkman), but the Ducks out-scored the Hoyas 8-2 over a span of 2:59 and took a 34-33 lead on a dunk from Taylor. The teams traded baskets before a layup from Marc Egerson (Wilmington, Del./Glasgow) gave the Hoyas' their last lead of the game.
The first half was a fast-paced, up-tempo affair as both teams attacked one another. Georgetown led by two points, 25-23, in a half that featured four ties and five lead changes. The teams traded baskets in the opening minutes and the Hoyas led by one point, 6-5, on a jumper from Wallace. Oregon, however, got back-to-back three-pointers from Maarty Leunen and Tajuan Porter and took their biggest lead of the half at 11-5. The Hoyas fought back to tied the game at 13-all on a conventional three-point play from Egerson with 12:46 to play. Oregon would take a 17-13 lead on back-to-back jumpers from Brooks, but the Hoyas used a 10-0 run over an 8:54 span and took a 23-17 lead on a layup from Wallace.
Wallace finished with a game- and season-high 17 points for the Hoyas, while Egerson added 13 points and seven rebounds off the bench. Hibbert finished with four points and three rebounds, Green added five points and eight boards and Summers had four points and six boards.
Georgetown connected on 44.9 percent of its field goals (22-of-49), 11.1 percent of its three-pointers (1-of-11) and 62.5 percent of its free throws (5-of-8). Oregon shot 38.9 percent from the floor (21-of-54), 22.7 percent from outside the arc (5-of-22) and 52.6 percent from the line (10-of-19).
Georgetown plays next on Saturday when the team travels to meet Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. The game will be shown live on ESPN2 and can be heard locally on SportsTalk 980AM.
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