Late Run Leads No. 10 Duke Past No. 18 Georgetown, 61-52

Dec. 2, 2006

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Durham, N.C. - Tenth-ranked Duke used a 7-1 run late in the game and No. 18 Georgetown was held without a field goal for nearly six minutes late in the game as the Blue Devils topped the Hoyas, 61-52, in front of 9,314 fans at Cameron Indoor Stadium Saturday night.

It was the second-straight loss for the Hoyas, who fall to 4-3 overall, while Duke improves to 7-1 overall.

The Hoyas trailed by four points midway through the second half and used a 6-0 run over a span of 1:40 to take a 49-47 lead. Junior forward Jeff Green (Hyattsville, Md./Northwestern) was fouled and hit four-straight free throws to tie the game and the Blue and Gray took the lead on a drive from junior center Roy Hibbert (Adelphi, Md./Georgetown Prep) with 6:27 to play.

Duke tied the game on free throws from Greg Paulus and then started its decisive run. Paulus picked up a loose ball and drove for two, increasing the lead to 51-49 with 4:57 left in the game. Hibbert hit one of two free throws with 4:34 left and cut the lead to 51-50, but another Paulus drive gave the Blue Devils a 53-50 lead. David McClure hit one of two free throws and then Jon Scheyer capped the run with a driving layup, making it 56-50 with 2:21 to play.

The Hoyas had chances down the stretch, but went 5:43 without a field goal and were 0-for-6 from the field during the decisive stretch. A layup from Green with 44 seconds to play made it 57-52, but Paulus - who scored eight of the team's final 14 points - hit two free throws and Josh McRoberts added two more to make it 61-52.

Georgetown had gone into the half with a lead for the seventh-straight time this season, holding a 34-27 advantage. The Hoyas, who led through much of the first half, were only up by three points, 26-23, after McRoberts converted a three-point play, but GU out-scored the Blue Devils 8-4 over the final 4:48. Sophomore guard Jessie Sapp (New York, N.Y./National Christian Academy) hit two free throws and a jumper, Hibbert added a dunk and freshman guard Jeremiah Rivers (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park) hit a jumper with 18 seconds left for the seven-point lead.

The Blue Devils took an early 6-2 lead in the first half after back-to-back three-pointers from DeMarcus Nelson, but the Hoyas fought back and quieted the Cameron Crazies with a 14-0 run over 7:17 and took a 14-6 lead on a free throw from sophomore swingman Marc Egerson (Wilmington, Del./Glasgow).

A layup from junior guard Jonathan Wallace (Harvest, Ala./Sparkman) made it 6-4 and a dunk from Hibbert tied the game at 6-all. The Hoyas proceeded to score eight-straight points, a layup from Green, a three from Sapp and a dunk from Hibbert before Egerson's charity shot made it 14-6. A tip-in from Brian Zoubek made it 16-11, but a 6-2 Hoya run over 1:38 made it 22-13. Rivers scored on back-to-back shots and a layup from Sapp made it 22-13 with 9:06 to play. The lead was again nine points, 24-15, when Egerson scored on a layup after a feed from Sapp, but McRoberts pulled Duke back, hitting a three, and then converting a pair of three-point plays to make it 26-23 before the Hoya run at the end of the first half.

Sapp scored 13 points and added four assists to lead the Hoyas, while Hibbert finished with 11 points, six rebounds and three blocked shots. Green had eight points, seven rebounds and five assists, while Wallace finished with seven points, two rebounds and two assists.

The Hoyas connected on 42.9 percent of their field goals (21-of-49), hitting 57.7 in the first half (15-of-26) and 26.1 in the second half (6-of-23). The team was 2-of-14 from three-point land (2-of-14) and 8-of-12 from the arc (66.7). Duke shot 38.6 percent from the field (17-of-44) , 46.2 percent from three-point land (6-of-13) and 84.0 percent from the line (21-of-25).

Georgetown returns home to play James Madison on Tuesday, December 5. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m. at Verizon Center The game can be heard locally on AM 570.

 

 

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