Chris Wright goes to the basket against Florida International's Jonas Karosas. (AP)
Dec. 23, 2008
Sophomore guard Austin Freeman (Mitchellville, Md./DeMatha) scored 17 points to lead four players in double figures as No .12 Georgetown opened up a 27-point halftime lead and hit 12 three-pointers en route to a 76-38 win over Florida International in front of 7,964 fans at Verizon Center.
It was the sixth-straight win for Georgetown, who improves to 9-1 overall as the Hoyas close out the preseason portion of the schedule and begins BIG EAST play following Christmas. The Golden Panthers fall to 4-9 overall.
The win was the 28th consecutive victory at the Verizon Center and the 29th home victory overall, setting a modern-day home winning streak for the Hoyas. (Georgetown won 47 games at home between 1918 and 1922).
The Hoyas led by 27 points, 43-16, at halftime and the lead never fell below 20 points in the second half. Georgetown's biggest lead, 74-32, came on a free throw from sophomore forward Nikita Mesheriakov (Minsk, Belarus/St. John's Prospect Hall [Md.]) with 1:34 to play in the game.
Freeman connected on 6-of-9 shots from the field and 5-of-6 three-pointers to lead the way with 17 points. Sophomore guard Chris Wright (Bowie, Md./St. John's College High) added 14 points and seven assists, while junior forward DaJuan Summers (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) chipped in 13 points and five rebounds, while freshman center Greg Monroe (New Orleans, La./Helen Cox) scored 10 points, had six rebounds and five steals.
The Hoyas shot 42.2 percent from the floor (19-of-45), but were even better from long distance, connecting on 46.2 percent of their shots (12-of-26). GU hit 76.5 percent of its free throws (26-of-34). The Hoyas held a 37-26 advantage on the boards, handed out 16 assists and registered a season-high 14 steals.
For the third time this season Georgetown's defense held an opponent to under 20-points at the half, limiting the Golden Panthers to 16 on 24.0 percent (6-of-25) shooting in the first half. The Hoyas had previously held Savannah State to 15 and American to 12 first half points.
The Hoyas opened the game hitting from distance, as Wright and Freeman made three-pointers to help open a 6-0 lead in the game's first minute. Baskets from FIU's Freddy Asprilla pulled the Golden Panthers to within 9-4, but the Hoyas held the visitors without a basket for 6:49 as the lead grew to 23-4 on a three by Wright with 10:03 to play.
A layup by Nick Taylor ended the scoreless drought for FIU, making it 23-6, but Wright hit a pair of free throws with 9:14 to play as the lead grew to 20 points, 27-7. A three from Freeman with 7:21 to play made it 35-9 and Wright's layup with 59 seconds left gave the Hoyas their biggest lead, 43-16, at the break.
Michael Dominguez led Florida International with 20 points.
Georgetown returns to action on Monday, Dec. 29, visiting Connecticut in the first BIG EAST Conference game of the season. The game tips off at 7 p.m. and can be heard locally on AM 570.
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