Thompson Leads Three in Double Figures as Georgetown Beats NJIT, 84-44
Dec. 3, 2011
Junior forward Hollis Thompson (Los Angeles, Calif./Loyola) tied a career record with six three-pointers and scored 20 points as the Georgetown men's basketball team hit a season-high12 three-pointers en route to an 84-44 win over the New Jersey Institute of Technology in front of 8,742 fans at Verizon Center Saturday afternoon.
It was the fifth-straight win for the Hoyas, who improved to 7-1 overall while the Highlanders fall to 3-4 overall.
Three players scored in double figures for the Blue & Gray, while 11 different players scored at least one point, including sophomore walk-on John Caprio (North Caldwell, N.J./Seton Hall Prep), who hit his first career field goal and finished with two points and two rebounds in a career-high six minutes.
Thompson hit 7-of-10 shots overall and 6-of-7 from long distance for his seventh game in double figures this season and his second 20-point game. Senior guard Jason Clark (Arlington, Va./Bishop O'Connell) scored 10 points and had five rebounds, while freshman forward Mikael Hopkins (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha) scored a career-high 12 points. Freshman forward Tyler Adams (Brandon, Miss./Brandon) added eight points and six rebounds. Senior center Henry Sims (Baltimore, Md./Mount St. Joseph's) scored eight points and had five rebounds with four assists, while sophomore guard Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep) chipped in nine points.
Georgetown, coming off a thrilling 57-55 win at No. 12 Alabama on Thursday night, led by 14 points (42-28) at the break, but out-scored the Highlanders 18-0 over the first six minutes of the second half and pushed the lead to 60-28 on a layup from Thompson with 14:00 minutes left.
The lead hit 40 points, 75-35, on a layup from Hopkins with 6:21 to play and the Hoyas matched their biggest lead, 42 points, on a free throw from Adams with 5:48 left (77-35) and on a layup from Adams (79-37) with 5:15 left.
The Hoyas jumped out to a 14-point lead at the half, 42-28, thanks largely to the team connecting on 53.8 percent of their three-pointers (7-of-13). GU scored the first eight points of the game - three-pointers from Starks and Thompson and a jumper from Sims - to take an 8-0 lead at the 17:02 mark and the Highlanders hit their first field goal 3:36 into the game, a layup from Isaiah Wilkerson. The lead was 14 points, 16-2, after a dunk from freshman forward Otto Porter (Sikeston, Mo./Scott County Central).
NJIT pulled to within 10 points, 20-10, on a three-pointer from Wilkerson at the 8:27 mark, but a three from Clark and a jumper from Sims made it 25-10 with 7:08 left. The Highlanders out-scored the Hoyas, 11-6, over a span of 2:30 and pulled to within nine points, 30-21, on a three-pointer from Ryan Woods. A pair of layups Hopkins gave the Hoyas a 42-28 lead at the break.
Georgetown is back in action on Saturday, Dec. 10, hosting Howard at Verizon Center. Tipoff is slated for noon. The game will be shown live on MASN. Fans locally can tune in to Rich Chvotkin's radio call on ESPN980.