Dec. 9, 2006
Washington, D.C. - Junior center Roy Hibbert (Adelphi, Md./Georgetown Prep) scored a season-high 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as Georgetown connected on 58.3 percent of its field goals en route to a 73-58 win over Oral Roberts in front of 7,164 fans at Verizon Center Saturday afternoon.
It was the second-straight win for the Hoyas, who improve to 6-3 overall, while Oral Roberts falls to 4-4.
The Hoyas led by 20 points (40-20) at the break, but Oral Roberts managed to cut that deficit in half and trailed by only 10 points (63-53) with 5:07 to play in the game. Georgetown, however, scored six straight points - a dunk from Hibbert, free throws from junior guard Jonathan Wallace (Harvest, Ala./Sparkman) and a layup from Marc Egerson (Wilmington, Del./Glasgow) - taking a 69-53 lead with 3:41 to play. The Golden Eagles got within 12 points on a three-pointer from Ken Tutt, but Egerson hit one of two free throws and sophomore guard Jessie Sapp (New York, N.Y./National Christian Academy) added two more to seal the win.
Georgetown was out-scored by the Golden Eagles 10-2 over the first 3:43 of the second half, as a 40-20 lead was cut to 42-30 on a layup by forward Caleb Green. The Hoyas used a quick 6-0 run over the next 1:59 and pushed the lead back to 18 points, 48-30, on a layup from Egerson. The Golden Eagles pulled to within 11 points, 50-39, on a Green steal and jumper, but a 9-2 run over a span of 2:31 increased the Hoya lead to 59-41 on a dunk from junior forward Jeff Green (Hyattsville, Md./Northwestern) with 8:46 to play.
The Hoyas came out on fire in the first half, opening up their biggest lead of the season (20 points, 40-20) after connecting on 57.7 percent of their field goals (18-of-32) and forcing 14 Golden Eagles turnovers.
After a three-pointer from freshman forward DaJuan Summers (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) scored a three on Georgetown's first possession and a jumper from Ken Tutt cut the lead to 3-2, but the Hoyas would score the next 11 points over a 5:26 span, taking a 14-2 lead on a dunk from Hibbert with 13:16 to play.
A jumper by Tutt cut the lead to six points, 16-10, with 10:50 to play, but the Hoyas pushed the lead to double-digits, 20-10, on a dunk from Hibbert. Georgetown outscored Oral Roberts 17-6 over a 9:33 stretch - with Hibbert scoring nine points during the run - and took a 37-16 lead on a Wallace layup. The team's biggest lead of the half, 40-18, came on a Green three-pointer with 46 seconds left before the break.
Georgetown connected on 58.3 percent of its field goals (28-of-48), 31.3 percent of its three-pointers (5-of-16) and 70.6 percent of its free throws (12-of-17). ORU shot 42.0 percent from the field (21-of-50), 27.3 percent from three-point land (6-of-22) and 71.4 percent from the free throw line (10-of-14). The Hoyas controlled the boards, 34-21, and handed out 17 assists.
Hibbert's 23 points led four players in double figures, as Green added 15 points and six rebounds, Wallace added 12 points and four assists and Egerson finished with 11 points and four rebounds. Tutt led Oral Roberts with 21 points, while Green added 15 points and seven rebounds.
Georgetown returns to action next Saturday, hosting Winston-Salem State on Saturday, December 16. Tip off at McDonough Arena is slated for 7:30 p.m.