Dec. 10, 2011
WASHINGTON - No. 18 Georgetown opened up a 17-0 lead in the first half, led by 13 points at the half and saw its lead shrink to two points late in the game, but used a 20-8 run over the final seven minutes en route to a 62-48 win over D.C. rival Howard in front of 8,120 fans at Verizon Center Saturday afternoon.
The Hoyas, ranked No. 18 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll and No. 21 in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Coaches Poll, won for the sixth-straight time and improved to 8-1 overall, while Howard falls to 3-6 overall.
Freshman forward Otto Porter (Sikeston, Mo./Scott County Central) scored 13 points and grabbed four rebounds to lead the Hoyas, while junior forward Hollis Thompson (Los Angeles, Calif./Loyola) scored 12 points and had six rebounds and senior forward Jason Clark (Arlington, Va./Bishop O'Connell) added 12 points and three rebounds and senior center Henry Sims (Baltimore, Md./Mount St. Joseph's) added six points and six rebounds.
The Hoyas led by 17 points near the mid-point of the first half and held a 13-point lead at halftime (30-17), but had the lead trimmed to two points four times in the second half, the last with 7:33 to play when Howard's Mike Phillips hit a jumper and the score was 42-40. Georgetown scored six-straight points, with four free throws from Thompson and a dunk from Porter pushing the lead back to 48-42.
A layup from Phillips with 4:01 left narrowed the gap to 49-44, but a pair of free throws from sophomore forward Nate Lubick (Southborough, Mass./St. Marks), two more from Sims and a dunk from Porter with 2:49 left gave Georgetown its biggest lead of the second half, 55-44, with 2:49 left in the game.
Georgetown, which led 17-0 with 12:50 left in the first half, was out-scored by Howard 25-17 in a span of 16:45 spanning between the halves and pulled to within seven point, 32-25, on a jumper from Prince Okoroh with 16:05 left in the game. The Hoyas did not hit a field goal for the first 5:16 of the second half and finally got on the board when Sims hit a layup.
Howard capped a 15-4 run over the first 7:20 of the second half and pulled to within two points, 34-32, on a jumper from Simuel Frazier with 12:40 left to play. The lead wavered back and forth between two and four points over the next two minutes, with GU holding a 38-36 lead after free throws from Howard's Mike Phillips.
A jumper from Hollis Thompson and free throws from Clark pushed Georgetown's lead back to six points, 42-36, with 8:42 to play
The Hoyas held a 30-17 lead at the break, taking an early 17-0 lead on a pair of free throws from freshman guard Jabril Trawick (Philadelphia, Pa./Abington Friends) with 12:50 left in the half. The Bison, who missed their first 10 shots and went 9:21 without a field goal, finally got on the board when Dadrian Collins banked in a three-pointer with 10:39 to play. From that point on, Howard out-scored the Hoyas 17-13 over the final minutes of the first half.
A layup from Trawick at 8:15 gave GU its biggest lead, 23-5, and the Hoyas still held a 16-point lead, 26-10, on a pair of free throws from Clark with 4:36 to play. Georgetown, however, hit only two field goals in the final 8:15 of the half as Howard narrowed the gap to 13 points, 30-17, when Collins converted on a three-point play with 16 seconds left in the half.
Georgetown shot a season-low 31.2 percent from the floor (15-of-48), hit only 1-of-13 three-point field goal attempts (7.7%) and were 29-of-42 from the free throw line (69.0%).
Georgetown is back in action next Saturday, Dec. 17, hosting local rival American at Verizon Center, with tipoff at noon. The game will be shown live on MASN and can be heard locally on ESPN 980 AM.