Freeman's Career-High 21 Points Leads Five in Double Figures as No. 5 Georgetown Topples Radford, 110-51
Dec. 15, 2007
Washington, D.C. - When freshman guard Omar Wattad (Johnson City, Tenn./Science Hill) hit a three-pointer with 5:32 left on the clock, giving No. 5 Georgetown 100 points, the sold-out crowd of 2,634 in McDonough Arena on the Hoya campus erupted. It was that type of night for the Hoyas, as freshman guard Austin Freeman (Mitchellville, Md./DeMatha) scored a career-high 21 points and five players scored in double figures as Georgetown opened up a 24-point halftime en route to a 110-51 win over Radford in front of a sold-out crowd of 2,634 at McDonough Arena Saturday night.
It was the eighth-straight win to open the season for the Blue and Gray, who improved to 8-0 overall, while the Highlanders fall to 4-6 overall.
Georgetown connected on 65.0 percent of its shots from the field (37-of-56), the best single-game team performance in the fourth year under Head Coach John Thompson III. The Hoyas matched a season-high with 11 three-pointers, shooting 50.0 percent from outside the arc and connected on 67.7 percent of their free throws (21-of-31).
The 110 points scored were the most by the Hoyas under Thompson and the most by a Thompson-coached team. It was the first time Georgetown had scored at least 100 points since a 116-111four overtime loss to Notre Dame in 2001-02 and the first time they had done so in regulation since a 103-69 win over Grambling that same season.
The Hoyas opened up a 52-28 lead at halftime, shooting 59.4 percent from the floor (19-of-32). Back-to-back three-pointers from senior guard Jonathan Wallace (Harvest, Ala./Sparkman) and sophomore forward DaJuan Summers (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) gave the Hoyas a 6-0 lead. A three-pointer from Radford's Amir Johnson made it 6-3, but the Hoyas responded with a 12-0 run over the next 2:04 and took an 18-3 lead on a three-pointer from junior guard Jessie Sapp (New York, N.Y./National Christian Academy [Md.}).
The lead was 17 points, 31-14, after a three-pointer from Radford's Jamar Jenkins, but the Blue and Gray out-scored the Highlanders 15-2 over a span of 4:13, taking a 46-16 lead on a conventional three-point play from Summers. Four different players scored during the run, with Summers and Freeman - who started it with a layup and added a three-pointer - each scoring six points.
After not taking a shot in the first half, Georgetown senior center Roy Hibbert (Adelphi, Md./Georgetown Prep) made his presence felt in the opening minutes of the second half. He handed out assists on two of the team's first three baskets in the second half as the lead increased to 59-32, and then scored seven of the team's next 11 points as the Blue and Gray opened up a 32-point lead, 70-38, on a layup from Hibbert with 13:32 to play.
A layup from Nick McFarlin made it 70-40 with 12:22 to play, but the Hoyas went on a 15-5 run and took an 85-45 lead on a three-pointer from Summers with 7:52 to play. A pair of Summers free throws with 5:33 to play made it 97-47 and Wattad brought the crowd to a full roar with a three-pointer from the right of the key as the Hoyas reached the 100-point mark.
Freeman connected on 7-of-9 shots from the field for a game-high 21 points. Senior forward Patrick Ewing, Jr. (Marietta, Ga./National Christian Academy [Md.]) added 15 points and three rebounds, Summers scored 17 points, grabbed six rebounds, had three assists and three steals, Wallace finished with 11 points and three assists and Sapp added 13 points, four rebounds and four assists. Hibbert finished with eight points and a team-high seven rebounds, while freshman guard Chris Wright (Bowie, Md./St. John Catholic [D.C.]) added nine points, three rebounds and three assists.
Georgetown will return to action again next Saturday, December 22, playing No. 2 Memphis is a matchup of two of the top-five teams in the country at FedEx Forum in Tennessee.