Cook's 25 Points, Hoya Defense Leads Georgetown Past Oregon, 71-57
Dec. 3, 2005
Eugene, Ore. - Senior guard Ashanti Cook (Inglewood, Calif./Westchester) scored a career-high 25 points and Georgetown used a staunch defensive effort in one of the toughest arenas to play in the country, leading the Hoyas to an impressive 71-57 win over Oregon in front of 9,087 at McArthur Court in Eugene, Oregon on Saturday. The win improved Georgetown to 3-1 overall, while the Ducks fell to 4-2. The Hoyas' win ended an Oregon 35-game win streak over non-conference opponents, dating back to 1999.
Georgetown led by five points, 28-23, at halftime and took command in the first two minutes of the second half, scoring seven straight points to open a 35-23 lead. Senior Darrel Owens (Napoleonville, La./Assumption) hit a three-pointer, sophomore center Roy Hibbert (Adelphi, Md./Georgetown Prep) followed with a layup and Cook hit a pair of free throws, increasing the margin to 12 points.
Back-to-back baskets from Mailk Hairston (three-pointer) and Aaron Brooks (layup), but Georgetown responded with consecutive layups from Hibbert and senior forward Brandon Bowman (Santa Monica, Calif./Westchester) before a jumper from Cook with 15:06 left in the game gave the Hoyas their biggest lead, 41-28.
Oregon would get no closer than nine points the rest of the way, as the Hoyas held the Ducks to only 57 points, 34 points lower than their season average.
The Ducks had broken out to an early eight-point lead in the first half, 12-4, as Bryce Taylor scored seven points during an 8-0 run capped by a three-pointer with 13:06 to play. In what would be a sign for the remainder of the game, however, the Hoya defense clamped down. Georgetown scored nine-straight points - seven of them from Cook - over the next 5:35 and took the lead back, 13-12, on a jumper from the senior guard with 7:31 to play.
The Hoyas would maintain that lead over the final seven minutes of the half. The host Ducks pulled to within two points, 25-23, and forced a turnover with just under four seconds left and had a chance to tie the game going into intermission. Green had other chances, stealing the inbound pass at mid-court and racing in for a basket and an eventual three-point play that gave the visitors at 28-23 lead at the half. Georgetown outscored the Ducks 24-11 in the last 13 minutes of the first half.
Cook's scored his career-high 25 points by setting a personal best in field goals made (8) and tying his career mark for three-pointers in a game (4). He led three players in double figures, as Hibbert added 16 points and a game-high 10 rebounds and Bowman chipped in 13 points. Sophomore forward Jeff Green (Hyattsville, Md./Northwestern) added eight points, eight rebounds and four assists and sophomore guard Jonathan Wallace (Harvest, Ala./Sparkman) chipped in four points, three rebounds and two assists. Off the bench, Owens scored only three points - ending an eight-game streak of double-figure scoring games - but added three rebounds and matched his career-high for the second-straight game with five assists.
Georgetown connected on 50.0 percent of its field goals (22-of-44), hit 46.2 percent of its three-pointers (6-of-13) and shot 80.8 percent from the free throw line (21-of-26). Oregon hit 40.0 percent of its shots from the field (20-of-50), were 10-of-20 from outside the arc (50.0%) and hit only 41.2 percent of its free throws (7-of-17). The Hoyas were dominant on the boards, carrying a 37-20 advantage, tied a season-high with 12 assists, committed 16 turnovers, blocked three shots and had four steals.
Georgetown continues its two-game road trip, playing next on Thursday, December 8 at Big 10 Conference power Illinois. Tipoff is slated for 9 p.m. (ET) on ESPN.