Armstrong lifts No. 4 UConn past Georgetown
Hartford, CT (Sports Network) – Hilton Armstrong had a busy day with 19
points, six blocks and five rebounds, leading fourth-ranked Connecticut to a
74-67 win over Georgetown at the Hartford Civic Center.
Marcus Williams had 14 points and eight assists for the Huskies (14-1, 2-1 Big
East), who have won three straight since their only loss of the season to
Marquette on January 3.
Rudy Gay and Rashad Anderson both had 12 points in the win — UConn’s 11th in
a row versus the Hoyas.
Brandon Bowman paced Georgetown with a game-high 20 points. Jeff Green added
13 points and eight boards for the Hoyas (10-4, 2-2), losers of two straight
after a seven-game winning streak.
Green converted a three-point play for a 10-8 Georgetown lead minutes into the
game, but UConn ripped off seven straight points for a 15-10 edge on a Jeff
“I’m just earning my minutes, I knew I had the capabilities to play here, and
it was just a matter of going out and doing it,” Adrien said. “Finally I’m
doing it and I’m even more hungry to do even more, there are more things I can
An Anderson basket later made it 31-20 Huskies with less than three minutes to
play in the half. Connecticut then headed to the showers with a 33-24
advantage, thanks to 10 points from Armstrong. Bowman paced the Hoyas at
halftime with nine points.
“I took my time and coach told me to take my time and see what I have, make
the move when I’m around the rim,” Armstrong said. “So it just came…It was
like the game came to me today.”
The Hoyas came alive in the second half and trimmed the margin to 39-36 on a
reverse layup by Green. Anderson, though, answered with a three and Adrien
followed with a bucket to extend UConn’s lead to 44-36.
Georgetown later cut it to 55-50, but a Williams three followed by two baskets
from Armstrong staked UConn to a 62-55.
Ashanti Cook knocked down a three-pointer for the Hoyas, who cut it to four at
67-63 with 1:19 on the clock. Williams then sank two free throws and Craig
Austrie made 1-of-2 from the stripe for a 70-63 cushion.
Georgetown never had a chance after the foul shots and suffered the hard-
“They are a very good team, a very talented team,” Hoyas head coach John
Thompson III said. “And because of that they have answers for things that you
do. Their players stepped up and made key plays. Every time we came down and
cut it to five or six, one of their guys would make a play.”
UConn has won 18 of the last 20 meetings with the Hoyas…Huskies head coach
Jim Calhoun improved to 22-15 lifetime against Georgetown, which owns a 29-27
edge in the all-time series with Connecticut…Cook had 11 points and Roy
Hibbert chipped in 12 for the Hoyas.