Dec. 23, 2006
Washington, D.C. - Junior forward Jeff Green (Hyattsville, Md./Northwestern) scored a season-high 20 points and fellow front-court mate Roy Hibbert (Adephi, Md./Georgetown Prep) added 15 points leading Georgetown to a 65-44 win over Navy in front of 7,143 fans at Verizon Center Saturday afternoon.
It was the fifth-straight win for the Hoyas, who improved to 9-3 overall, while Navy falls to 9-4. Georgetown held Navy to 44 points, the third-straight game an opponent has scored 50 or less this season.
After a back and forth first half, the Hoyas opened the second stanza with a 10-point lead (31-21) and maintained that lead through that through the first seven-plus minutes of the second half. The lead was back to single digits, 40-31, after a layup from Navy guard Kaleo Kina with 13:11 to play. Georgetown, however, used an 11-5 run over a span of 2:11 and took its biggest lead to that point, 51-36, when junior guard Tyler Crawford (Stuart's Draft, Va./Frank Cox) hit one of two free throws.
Navy would get no closer than 14 points the rest of the way and the Hoyas took their biggest lead, 65-44, on a three-pointer from junior Patrick Ewing (Marietta, Ga./National Christian Academy) in the final minute of play.
The Hoyas connected on 50 percent of their field goals in the second half, with Green scoring eight of his 20 points (4-of-5 from the field) and Hibbert scoring nine of his 15 (2-of-3 field goals, 5-of-6 free throws). Georgetown scored 26 points in the paint and had 16 second-chance points.
Georgetown jumped on top in the early minutes of the game, scoring the first seven points on two free throws from freshman forward DaJuan Summers (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh), a three-pointer from sophomore Jessie Sapp (Adelphi, Md./Northwestern) and a Green dunk. Navy was held scoreless for the first four-plus minutes and got on board when Kaleo Kina hit a jumper at 15:58. Both teams struggled from the floor - Navy shot 26.9 percent in the half and the Hoyas connected on only 37.5 percent - but the Midshipmen hit four-straight free throws and narrowed the gap to 9-6 before a dunk from Hibbert and a three-pointer from Marc Egerson (Wilmington, Del./Glasgow) with 9:56 to play in the half extended the GU lead to 14-6.
Georgetown extended its lead to nine points on three occasions and pushed it to 10 points, 31-21, on a Green layup, capping a 6-2 run over 2:12. A pair of free throws from Jonathan Wallace (Harvest, Ala./Sparkman) gave the Hoyas a 33-23 lead at the break.
The Hoyas shot 43.2 percent from the field overall (19-of-44),ending a streak of four games in which the team hit at least 55 percent of their field goals. The team was 4-of-16 from three-point land (25.0%) and 23-of-27 from the free throw line (85.2%). Navy shot 31.3 percent from the floor (15-of-48), 18.2 percent from the arc (4-of-22) and 83.3 percent from the free throw line (10-of-12). Georgetown dominated on the glass, holding a 41-18 advantage; handed out 11 assists and had 17 turnovers.
Green scored 20 points and added a game-high nine rebounds, while Hibbert had 15 points and seven rebounds. Sapp finished with eight points, five rebounds and three assists; Summers added six points and five rebounds, Egerson added six points, four boards and two assists and Wallace chipped in four points and five assists.
The Blue and Gray will take time off for Christmas and return to action on Saturday, December 30, visiting Michigan. Tip-off at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor, Michigan is slated for noon. The game will be shown live on ESPN2 and can be heard locally on SportsTalk 980 AM.