Dec. 30, 2006
Ann Arbor, Mich. - Georgetown Puts Four in Double Figures, Beat Michigan, 67-51
Ann Arbor, Mich. ─ Georgetown put four players in double figures and used a 13-4 run late in the second half to pull away from Michigan en route to a 67-51 win over the Wolverines in front of a sold-out crowd of 13,751 at Crisler Arena.
It was the sixth-straight win for the Hoyas, who improve to 10-3 overall, while Michigan falls to 12-3.
Georgetown led by 17 points early in the second half, 42-25, and Michigan pulled to within nine points, 48-39, on a three-point play from Courtney Sims. The Hoyas, however, scored six of the next eight points to start the decisive run, widening the gap to 61-43 on a dunk from junior center Roy Hibbert (Adelphi, Md./Georgetown Prep) with 3:08 to play in the game.
The run started when junior Patrick Ewing (Marietta, Ga./National Christian Academy) hit one of two free throws. Hibbert followed with a putback dunk and a conventional three-point play made it 54-41. A pair of free throws from Sims made it 54-43, but junior forward Jeff Green (Hyattsville, Md./Northwestern) hit a three from the top of the key - three of his 10 second half points - and Hibbert capped it with a dunk, making it 61-43.
Leading by six points at the half (31-25), the Hoyas came out strong in the first half, hitting four-straight shots - including three from long distance - and using an 11-0 run over the first 2:57 to take their biggest lead, 42-25. Junior forward Jonathan Wallace (Harvest, Ala./Sparkman) started the run with a three and added a backdoor layup before freshman DaJuan Summers (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) and Green added shots from long distance.
The Wolverines cut the lead to 12 points after a dunk from Brent Petway and a three-pointer from Jerret Smith, making it 42-30 with 14:52 to play. The Hoyas were held without a field goal for a span of 6:30, but Wallace and Green hit four free throws as the team maintained the lead. A three-point play from Michigan's DeShawn Sims cut the lead to less than points, 48-39, with less than 10 minutes to play. Georgetown, however, used a mini 6-2 spurt as the lead was extended back to 13 points, 54-41, on a three-point play from Hibbert.
The Hoyas were in control for much of the first half, despite struggling from the field, as they connected on only 44.8 percent of their shots from the field (13-of-29). A strong defensive effort, however, limited Michigan to 37.5 percent from the field (9-of-24) and Georgetown scored seven points off eight Wolverine turnovers.
A three from Wallace and a dunk from Hibbert gave the Hoyas a 5-2 lead after DeShawn Sims hit a jumper to open the game. Leading 5-4, the Blue and Gray out-scored Michigan 9-2, taking a 14-6 lead on a backdoor layup by sophomore swingman Marc Egerson (Wilmington, Del./Glasgow). The Wolverines scored five-straight points and pulled to within 14-11, but the Hoyas went on a 13-6 run over a span of 5:23 and extended its lead to 10 points, 27-17, on a conventional three-point play from Hibbert. Freshman Vernon Macklin (Portsmouth, Va./Hargrave Military Academy) started the run with a dunk and that was followed by a three from junior Tyler Crawford (Stuart's Draft, Va./Frank Cox), making it 19-11. Egerson followed with a three and Sapp took a feed from Hibbert for a layup.
Georgetown had its biggest lead of the half at two points in the final minutes, the last when Egerson hit a layup to make it 31-20. Harris hit a pair of free throws and a three-pointer with six seconds left to cut the lead to six points, 31-25.
Hibbert scored 14 points to lead the Hoyas, while Wallace added 12, Egerson had 11 and Green added 10. Summers and Macklin finished with six points apiece. Georgetown controlled the boards, 29-26, and handed out 18 assists on 23 field goals.
Georgetown is off for a week before returning to action on Saturday, January 6, 2007 against Notre Dame. Tip-off at Verizon Center in the BIG EAST opener for the Hoyas is slated for noon. The game will be shown locally on MASN and can be heard locally on SportsTalk 980 AM.