Green stars as Georgetown edges Pitt
Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Jeff Green had 22 points and Brandon Bowman
added 15, leading 17th-ranked Georgetown to a 61-58 win over No. 9 Pittsburgh
from the MCI Center.
Ashanti Cook had eight points, while Jonathan Wallace and Roy Hibbert both had
seven for the Hoyas (16-4, 7-2 Big East), who have won six straight.
Aaron Gray was a big factor for Pittsburgh in the first half, but his play
dropped off in the second half. Gray led the Panthers (17-3, 6-3) with 15
points and nine boards, but Pitt couldn’t pull off the win.
Carl Krauser and Ronald Ramon each finished with 11 points in the loss —
Pittsburgh’s second straight and third in five games.
Wallace scored back-to-back baskets early in the second quarter to shave the
Hoya deficit to 40-38. Georgetown later evened the score at 45 apiece and
awakened the crowd on Bowman’s fast-break layup.
Bowman buried a three-pointer with about 9 1/2 minutes remaining in the game
to give the Hoyas a 48-47 lead. It was Georgetown’s first lead since an 18-16
Georgetown pushed its edge to 53-49 on a Bowman three-pointer with less than
six minutes on the clock, and the senior later sank two free throws for a
59-49 cushion with 39 seconds left.
Pittsburgh, however, used a 7-0 run to pull within 59-56. Krauser and Ramon
capped the spurt on consecutive three-pointers with 14 seconds to go.
After Wallace missed the front end of a 1-and-1, Levance Fields dribbled
through traffic and added a layup to make it a one-point game. Owens made two
foul shots with 3.6 seconds left to complete the scoring.
Pittsburgh had one last chance to tie but Ramon’s desperation three caromed
off the front of the rim.
Green buried a three-pointer for an early 13-9 Georgetown lead, igniting a
Panther flurry that put the home crowd in shock. Pittsburgh ripped off 15
straight points, nine by Gray, for a 33-18 advantage with less than four
minutes remaining in the first half.
The Hoyas, though, put together a run of their own and scored 10 of the next
12 points to pull within 35-28 at halftime. Gray led all scorers at the break
with 15 points, while Green paced Georgetown with 11.
The Hoyas lead the all-time series with Pittsburgh, 37-29…Georgetown’s
longest previous win streak was a 10-game surge to open the 2003-04
campaign…Pittsburgh had a 37-21 advantage on the boards.