Nov. 30, 2009
WASHINGTON - Georgetown sophomore center Greg Monroe (New Orleans, La./Helen Cox) recorded his sixth career double-double and four players scored in double figures as the 16th-ranked Hoyas beat Mount St. Mary's, 83-62, in front of 7,643 fans at Verizon Center Monday night. It was the fifth-straight win for the Hoyas, who improve to 5-0 overall, while the Mountaineers fall to 3-3 overall.
Monroe scored 19 points and tied a career-high with 11 rebounds to lead Georgetown, ranked No. 16 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll and No. 14 in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Coaches poll.
Georgetown opened the second half with an 11-point lead and used a quick run over the opening five minutes to push the lead to 20 points, 51-31, on a layup from junior guard Chris Wright (Bowie, Md./St. John's College HS).
Leading by 13 points after a Wright jumper, Mount St. Mary's forward Shawn Atupem brought the lead back to 11 points with a jumper, but the Hoyas responded by scoring 9-straight points, starting with a dunk from junior Julian Vaughn (Vienna, Va./Oak Hill Academy). Sophomore guard Jason Clark (Arlington, Va./Bishop O'Connell) followed with a three, then stole the ball and raced downcourt for a dunk. Wright followed with another steal and scored on a fast break layup, forcing the Mountaineers to call a timeout with 15:57 left and GU leading 51-31.
The Mount responded, using a 9-0 run to cut the lead to 11 points on a Danny Thompson layup with 11:39 to go. The lead was still 11 points just after the halfway point of the second half, but Monroe scored seven points during a 12-3 run as the lead grew back to 20 points, 67-47, with 6:05 to play. The Mount would get no closer. The Hoyas biggest lead was 25 points, first on a three-point play from Monroe with 4:12 to play (75-50) and then on a pair of free throws from freshman guard Vee Sanford (Lexington, Ky./Lexington Catholic) with 59 seconds left (81-56).
The Hoyas had jumped out to an 11-point halftime lead, 40-29, hitting 53.1 percent of their shots from the field and getting balanced scoring, with seven different players scoring. Baskets from Monroe and junior guard Austin Freeman (Mitchellville, Md./DeMatha) gave GU an early 4-0 lead and the margin was pushed to seven points, 13-6, on a layup from Clark.
A three-pointer from Kelly Beidler narrowed the lead to four points, 13-9, but Wright responded with a three of his own, making it 16-9. Georgetown pushed its lead to eight points on two occasions, first on a Monroe layup with 11:44 to play (20-12) and then on a jumper from Vaughn (29-21) with 8:27 to play.
A jumper from the Mount's Tayvon Jackson cut Georgetown's lead to three points, 24-21, but the Hoyas used a 16-5 run over 7:20 to take a 40-26 lead on a three-pointer from Wright with 2:09 to play. Jean Cajou hit a three-pointer with 30 seconds left to cut the GU lead to 11 points at intermission.
Monroe took a career-high 19 shots and scored 19 points, with 11 rebounds and three assists to lead the Hoyas, while Wright added 18 points, connecting on 7-of-11 shots from the field and 4-of-5 from long distance. Vaughn added a career-high 14 points, grabbed eight rebounds, handed out three assists and blocked three shots, while Clark finished with 12 points, five rebounds, four steals and three assists.
The Hoyas shot 47.8 percent from the floor (33-of-69), hit 43.8 percent of their three-pointers (7-of-16) and were 83.3 percent from the free throw line (10-of-12). GU held a 41-28 advantage on the glass, handed out 15 assists, blocked seven shots and had seven steals.
Georgetown is off for the remainder of the week and returns to action on Saturday, Dec. 5, taking on American. Tip-off at Verizon Center is slated for 4 p.m. The game can be heard locally on ESPN 980. Fans can also tune in to the Georgetown Athletics website - www.guhoyas.com - to watch a live video stream of the game.