Oregon upends 18th-ranked Georgetown
Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Aaron Brooks paced a balanced scoring attack
with 15 points, as the Oregon Ducks upset the 18th-ranked Georgetown Hoyas,
57-50, at Verizon Center, during the team’s first-ever visit to the Nation’s
Bryce Taylor contributed 14 points for Oregon, which is 6-0 for the first
time since the 2002-2003 season. The Ducks were playing their first game in
nine days. The contest proved much closer than four of their first five tilts,
when they defeated their opponents by double digits.
In fact, the Ducks never maintained any kind of significant lead until there
was less than three minutes remaining on the game clock.
Jonathan Wallace netted a team-high 17 points on 8-of-13 shooting for
Georgetown (4-2), which was playing its second game in three days. Marc
Egerson donated 13 points and had seven rebounds.
Trailing 37-36 with 11 minutes to play, Oregon went on a 16-7 run over the
next 7 1/2 minutes, capped by Brooks’ shot with 2:34 remaining, for a 52-44
Georgetown went to the line and its poor shooting continued, as Jeff Green
dropped his first shot from the charity stripe before bouncing the next one
off the rim.
Brooks followed with another score for the Ducks and Egerson netted one of his
own for the Hoyas. Brooks then hit a free throw at 1:04 to give Oregon a 55-47
Egerson pulled the Hoyas within six on a couple of free shots, then Jessie
Sapp fouled Malik Hairston, who missed both from the line. Jeremiah Rivers’
trey made it a 55-50 game but Tajuan Porter followed by hitting both of his
free throws to close out the contest.
Georgetown shot 44 percent from the field and hit just one-of-nine three-point
shots in the contest. Oregon connected on 38 percent of its shots from the
floor and were successful on just 5-of-24 from behind the arc.
The game stayed close through the first 20 minutes, with the Hoyas opening up
a 23-17 lead with 3:15 to play on Wallace’s two-point shot. Oregon, however,
quickly closed the gap by scoring the final eight points for a 25-23 halftime
Wallace had 13 of the Hoyas’ 25 points in the opening session.
The Hoyas won the battle of the boards, 34-33…The Hoyas committed 17
turnovers to the Ducks’ 12…Georgetown and Oregon first met during the
2005-06 season, with the Hoyas posting a 71-57 win over the Ducks…The
official attendance was 8,764.