Hoyas hold off Panthers
Dayton, OH (Sports Network) – Roy Hibbert scored 17 points and grabbed nine
rebounds before fouling out, as Georgetown defeated Northern Iowa, 54-49, in
a first-round Minneapolis bracket matchup at Dayton Arena.
Hibbert shot 8-of-10 from the floor and Ashanti Cook added 14 points for the
Hoyas (22-9), who advanced to the next round of the NCAA Tournament and will
take on Ohio State Sunday. Brandon Bowman contributed six points and seven
boards for Georgetown, seeded seventh in the tourney.
John Little netted 17 points, helped by a 5-of-7 effort from three-point
range, for the Panthers (23-10), who fell to 0-4 all-time against Big East
Ben Jacobson added 14 points in the loss for the 10th-seeded Panthers.
Hibbert netted the first four points of the second half to tie the contest at
30-30. The teams then remained close until the Hoyas opened up a 39-35 edge
with 12:07 left after a 7-0 burst was capped by a Hibbert layup.
Georgetown continued to keep Northern Iowa at arms length and, ahead by just
one at 39-38, used a three-pointer and jumper from Cook to extend to a 44-38
advantage with 5:02 left.
Both teams went cold from the floor after that as neither squad hit a bucket
until Little’s three-pointer with 2:14 remaining. Cook came right back with
a layup for a 46-41 Georgetown lead.
About 30 seconds later, Hibbert picked up two quick fouls, one offensive and
one defensive, giving him five and sending him out of the game. Grant Stout
then hit 1-of-2 from the free throw line for a four-point game with 1:11
The Panthers’ Erik Crawford had a chance to make it a two-point game, but
failed on a layup try with 40 seconds remaining. Northern Iowa failed to foul
after the miss and Bowman went in for an uncontested layup for a 48-42
Georgetown lead with 25 ticks left.
Jacobson quickly hit a layup for the Panthers, but Cook was good on both of
his free throw attempts after being fouled with 20 seconds remaining.
Jacobson, though, hit a big three-pointer seven seconds later to pull Northern
Iowa to within 50-47.
Cook was again sent to the free throw line and the senior hit both shots to
seal the win.
Northern Iowa used a 7-0 run midway through the opening half to assume a 17-12
edge as Little capped the burst with a three-pointer with 11:32 left in the
Little continued to strike from behind the arc, burying a trey with 9:12
remaining to keep the Panthers’ seven-point lead at 24-17. Jessie Sapp later
hit a three for Georgetown, but Little answered 19 seconds later with another
three-pointer for a 27-20 contest.
The Hoyas cut it to four before the end of the half at 30-26 after Hibbert’s
dunk with 41 ticks until the break.
Eric Coleman added seven points in the loss…Sapp finished with six points in
the win…Northern Iowa was appearing in the NCAA Tournament for the fourth
time ever. Georgetown, meanwhile, is making its 23rd appearance and improved
to 39-21 in the tourney after the win…The Hoyas lone title came in
1984…Georgetown has won both its meetings all-time against the Panthers.