No. 5 Georgetown Stifles Farifield in 61-49 Victory
Dec. 1, 2007
Washington, D.C. - Sophomore forward DaJuan Summers (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) scored a season-high 16 points and Georgetown held Fairfield to 16 second-half points en route to a 61-49 Hoya victory this afternoon at the Verizon Center. Shot selection and defense proved to be the key factors as GU shot almost 50 percent from the field while holding the Stags to only 34 percent.
Georgetown improves to 5-0 overall while Fairfield falls to 2-5.
After Fairfield took a 35-34 lead almost three minutes into the second half, the Hoyas quickly regained the lead with a layup from senior center Roy Hibbert (Adelphi, Md./Georgetown Prep) and then extended it with a three-pointer by senior guard Jonathan Wallace (Harvest, Ala./Sparkman).
The Stags would not go away, tying the game at 39-all on a jumper by Yorel Hawkins at 11:41 in the second half. The GU defense then held Fairfield without a field goal for exactly six minutes, but still could not create any separation after a three cut the Hoya lead to 45-44 with 6:41 remaining.
A three from Summers made it 48-44 and the sophomore hit 1-of-2 free throws to make it 50-46, followed by a layup from Jeremiah Rivers (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park), increasing the lead to six points. Fairfield would cut the lead to five points, 54-49, on a free throw from Jonathan Han, but the Hoyas hit one free throw apiece in three-straight trips to line - one from Hibbert, one from Rivers and one from Chris Wright - to make it 57-49. Dunks from Patrick Ewing and Summers in the final 20 seconds provided the final margin.
It was a closely-contested first half with five ties and six lead changes. Georgetown jumped on top with a three-pointer from sophomore DaJuan Summers (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) and opened up a five-point lead, 11-6, on trey from sophomore Jeremiah Rivers (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park). A jumper from Marty O'Sullivan and a three from Fairfield's Jonathan Han, however, tied the game at 11-all.
The game was tied for the third time in the half (22-22, 6:57) after a Wallace layup, but a three from Rivers extended GU's lead to 27-22 and a Summers layup gave the Hoyas their biggest lead, 31-25, with 2:46 remaining in the half. The Stags quickly came back as Han hit a three and Sean Grzeck added another to tied the game at 31-all. A dunk from senior forward Patrick Ewing (Marietta, Ga./National Christian Academy [Md.]) gave the Hoyas a 33-31 lead, but a layup from Mike Evanovich with two seconds left tied the game at the break.
Han and Hawkins were the two Fairfield players in double figures finishing with 17 and 11, respectively.
Wallace finished with 13 points, second-highest on the team, and Ewing scored nine points and grabbed a game-high tying seven rebounds.
Georgetown held a distinct advantage in attempts at the charity stripe (22-8), but could not convert those opportunities into many points, making only nine (40.9%).
Georgetown hits the road on Wednesday, playing Alabama in Birmingham as part of the BIG EAST/SEC Invitational. Tip-off at the Birmingham Civic Center is slated for 7 p.m.