Dec. 6, 2008
Washington, D.C. - No. 20 Georgetown opened up a 28-point lead at halftime, put three players in double figures and connected on 56 percent of its field goals in a 73-49 win over local rival American in front of 11,169 fans at Verizon Center Saturday afternoon.
The win improves the Hoyas, No. 20 in the Associated Press and No. 18 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, to 5-1 overall, while American falls to 4-4. The win was the 23rd-straight for Georgetown at Verizon Center, including the 13th-straight over non-league opponents.
Georgetown jumped out to a 28-point lead at the half (40-12) and used a 10-5 run over the opening 4:53 of the second half to take a 33-point lead, 50-17, on a three-pointer from junior forward DaJuan Summers (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh). The Hoyas matched that lead again, with 14:11 to play, on a free throw from Summers that pushed the lead to 53-20.
Sophomore guard Chris Wright (Bowie, Md./St. John's College H.S. [D.C.]) scored a career-high 22 points to lead Georgetown, while Summers added 14 points and five rebounds and senior guard Jessie Sapp (New York, N.Y./National Christian Academy [Md.]) added 14 points and four rebounds. Sophomore guard Austin Freeman (Mitchelleville, Md./DeMatha) scored five points and set a career-high with six assists.
The Hoyas shot 59.0 percent from the field (23-of-39), the fourth time this season the team has hit at least half of its field goals, while holding American to 34.6% (18-of-52). Georgetown also shot 50.0 percent from three-point range (10-of-20) and 78.9% from the charity stripe (15-of-19).
Like they have in the first five games this season, the Hoyas jumped out to an early lead, this time hitting three of their first four shots from the field and five free throw attempts to take a 13-0 lead after Summers scored on a layup. Sapp and Summers started things with back-to-back three-pointers and Monroe followed with a pair of free throws before Freeman hit three after being fouled.
American was held scoreless for the first 5:40, getting on board with a three-pointer from Brian Gilmore that made the score 13-3. Trailing 24-12 after Garrison Carr hit a layup with 6:52 to play in the half, but Georgetown held the Eagles scoreless over the remainder of the half and used a 16-0 run to take a 40-12 lead at the break after Wright hit a three-pointer with two seconds left in the break.
The Hoyas shot 56.0 percent from the field in the first half (14-of-25) and limited AU to 20 percent shooting, as they managed five field goals in 20 attempts. The 12 points scored by the Eagles was the lowest by an opponent under Georgetown Head Coach John Thompson III.
Georgetown plays the second game of a five-game homestand on Monday night, hosting Savannah State at Verizon Center. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m. The Georgetown University Athletics Department will provide a live video feed of the game, free of charge, on its website, www.guhoyas.com.