Hibbert, Hoyas hand 17th-ranked Irish second loss of season
Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Roy Hibbert scored 18 points and Jeff Green
added 15, leading Georgetown to a 66-48 rout of 17th-ranked Notre Dame at the
Georgetown (11-3, 1-0 Big East), playing its Big East opener, won its seventh
straight game and halted a 12-game winning streak for Notre Dame (13-2, 1-1).
Hibbert was 8-for-9 from the field to lead a Hoyas team that shot a sizzling
56.8 percent. Jonathan Wallace chipped in 13 points and Jessie Sapp
contributed 10 in the victory.
Russell Carter was the lone Irish player in double figures with 12 points.
Notre Dame shot just 30.8 percent and suffered its first loss since a 71-69
setback to Butler on November 13.
Georgetown scored the first seven points of the game and opened an 18-2 lead
just under five minutes into the contest. Green scored eight points during the
early surge for the Hoyas and the Irish missed their first seven field goal
attempts until a driving layup by Tory Jackson ended the drought.
A dunk by Green gave Georgetown a 29-9 cushion with 4 1/2 minutes to play in
the half, but Notre Dame rallied with a 14-4 run and closed within 33-23 on a
three-pointer by Colin Falls before trailing 36-25 at the break.
Green had 13 first-half points for Georgetown, which shot 57 percent in the
opening 20 minutes and made 7-of-12 three-point tries. Notre Dame shot just 27
percent and was 2-of-11 from beyond the arc.
The Hoyas opened the second half with an 8-2 run for a 44-27 advantage and led
50-35 midway through the second half. Georgetown then rattled off the next 14
points to blow it wide open.
Notre Dame finished just 4-of-22 from three-point range, while Georgetown hit
10-of-20 from beyond the arc.
The Hoyas, who lead the Big East and rank seventh nationally in field goal
percentage, made at least half of their field goals for the sixth time in the
last eight games…Georgetown has won three straight against Notre Dame and
owns a 12-10 lead in the all-time series.