Dec. 16, 2006
Washington, D.C. - Georgetown put four players in double figures and hit more than half its field goals for the third-straight game en route to a 76-32 win over Winston-Salem State in front of 2,228 fans at McDonough Arena Saturday night. It was the third-straight win for the Hoyas, who improve to 7-3 overall, while the Rams fall to 1-13 overall.
The 32 points scored by Winston-Salem State were the fewest allowed by a Georgetown team since a 77-30 win at Grambling during on December 6, 1985. It was the fewest points allowed by the Hoyas under the direction of John Thompson III, topping the previous mark set during a 64-34 win over Boston University on March 16, 2005.
Leading by eight points at the half (27-18), Winston-Salem State scored five of the first seven points after intermission and pulled to within 29-23 on a layup from Roy Peake with 17:10 to play in the game. At that point, the Georgetown offense and defense dominated. The Hoyas out-scored the Rams 22-0 over a span of 5:56, taking a 51-23 lead on a jumper from sophomore guard Jessie Sapp (New York, N.Y./National Christian Academy). During the run, junior guard Tyler Crawford (Stuarts Draft, Va./Robert E. Lee) hit a pair of three-pointers, junior center Roy Hibbert (Adelphi, Md./Georgetown Prep) hit six shots from the free throw line, freshman forward DaJuan Summers (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) scored five points and Sapp added a three.
A free throw from David Moore ended WSSU's scoreless run at 6:18. The Hoyas scored the next seven points and took a 59-24 lead on a Crawford three-pointer with 7:11 to play. A three-pointer from Winston-Salem State's Brian Fisher ended a scoreless run of 4:31 and made the score 59-27 with 6:21 to play. A pair of free throws from Darrell Wonge with 5:44 to play were the last points of the game for WSSU.
Both teams got off to sluggish starts, missing their first three shots on the first half. Winston-Salem State, however, was first on the board when guard Darius Floyd hit a three-pointer. The Hoyas tied the game on a Hibbert layin and took the lead for the first time on an Egerson putback. That was part of an 11-0 GU run over a span of 3:35 that was capped by a three from Crawford. A three from Curtis Hines pulled the Rams to within 11-7 and one from Floyd with 11:24 to play in the half made it 14-10.
The Hoyas proceeded to go on a 13-0 run over a span of 7:30, taking a 27-10 lead on an alley-oop dunk from Wallace to Summers. WSSU ended a scoreless stretch of 8:00 on a three-pointer from Floyd with 3:30 to play, making it 27-13. The Rams used an 8-0 run over the final 3:30 and got a bucket from Jamal Durham with three seconds left in the half to make it 27-18.
Sapp led the Hoyas with 14 points, eight rebounds and four assists, while Summers added 14 points and four boards. Crawford added 12 points and six boards off the bench and Hibbert added 10 points and nine boards. Junior guard Jonathan Wallace (Harvest, Ala./Sparkman) added nine points, three boards and three assist; sophomore swingman Marc Egerson (Wilmington, Del./Glasgow) scored seven points and junior forward Jeff Green (Hyattsville, Md./Northwestern) added five points and six boards.
The Hoyas connected on 56.5 percent of their field goals (26-of-46), 37.5 percent of their three-pointers (9-of-24) and 68.2 percent of their free throws. Georgetown held a 45-19 advantage on the boards, handed out 13 assists and blocked six shots. WSSU shot 20.4 percent from the floor (10-of-49), 27.3 percent from the arc (6-of-22) and 50.0 percent from the line (6-of-12).
The Hoyas are back in action again on Wednesday, December 20, hosting Towson in their penultimate game before Christmas. Tip-off at Verizon Center is slated for 7:30 p.m. The game can be heard locally on SportsTalk 980 AM.