Jessie Sapp prepares to shoot as Mount St. Mary's Markus Mitchell. (AP)
Dec. 20, 2008
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sophomore guard Chris Wright (Bowie, Md./St. John's College H.S. [D.C.]) scored a game-high 19 points and No. 15 Georgetown hit 7-of-10 free throws in the final three minutes to hold on to beat Mount St. Mary's, 69-58, in a meeting between the two oldest Catholic schools in the United States at Verizon Center.
The win, the fifth-straight for the Hoyas, improved Georgetown's record to 8-1 overall, while Mount St. Mary's falls to 3-7 overall. It was the 27th-straight win in Verizon Center for the Hoyas and the 28th-consecutive home win for GU (including a victory at McDonough Arena).
The Hoyas led by nine points at the half, 33-24, and had extended their margin to 14 points on a pair of occasions in the second half, first on a three-pointer (47-33) from Wright with 10:58 to play and then on a pair of Wright free throws (49-35) with 10:03 left in the game.
A three-pointer from junior forward DaJuan Summers (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) gave the Hoyas a 54-41 lead with 8:32 to play, but The Mount pulled back. Kelly Beidler hit a three-pointer and followed with a dunk to cap an 11-4 run over 3:47, pulling the Mount to within six points, 58-52, with 4:45 to play in the game.
On the next two possessions, Summers hit 1-of-2 free throws to extend the lead to eight points, 60-52, and a layup from senior guard Jessie Sapp (New York, N.Y./National Christian Academy [Md.]) pushed the lead back to 10 points. The Mount cut their deficit to eight points three times in the final two minutes, but freshman center Greg Monroe (New Orleans, La./Helen Cox) hit four three throws and Sapp added one more as the Hoyas hung on for the win.
The first half was closely contested, with the Mount jumping out to a 6-2 lead and the opening 20 minutes of play featuring six ties and seven lead changes. A layup from Sam Atupem gave the Mountaineers a 6-2 lead just over a minute into the game, but a three-pointer from Freeman sandwiched between Wright baskets gave the Hoyas a 9-6 lead.
There were four lead changes and four ties between the 12 and six minute marks of the second half and a layup from Jeremy Goode gave the Mount a 22-21 lead. Georgetown, however, went on a 12-2 run over a span of 4:52, and took a 33-24 lead on a three-pointer from Sapp with 33 seconds left in the break.
Wright connected on 6-of-11 shots from the field and 6-of-9 shots from the free throw line, while grabbing a career-high seven rebounds, with three assists and four steals to lead the Hoyas. Summers finished with 13 points and four rebounds, while sophomore guard Austin Freeman (Mitchellville, Md./DeMatha) chipped in 10 points and seven rebounds.
The Hoyas shot a season-low 38.0 percent from the field (19-of-50), hit 35.3 percent (6-of-17) from three-point land and hit 65.8 percent of their free throws, taking a season-high 38 attempts (25 makes).
Beidler led the Mountaineers with 16 points and eight rebounds, while Atupem scored 12 points and had eight rebounds and Cajou chipped in 10 points. Leading scorer Jeremy Goode, who was averaging 17.6 points per game, was held to eight points.
Georgetown plays its final pre-league game of the season on Tuesday, Dec. 23, hosting Florida International. Tip-off at Verizon Center is slated for 7:30 p.m. A live video feed of the game will be provided, free of charge, on the Georgetown Athletics website, www.guhoyas.com.
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