Wallace, Green lead Georgetown over Pitt
Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Jonathan Wallace scored 17 points and Jeff
Green added 14, leading 12th-ranked Georgetown to a 61-53 victory over No. 10
Pittsburgh in a battle for Big East supremacy at the Verizon Center.
Roy Hibbert contributed 12 points, five rebounds and four blocks for the Hoyas
(22-5, 12-2 Big East), who have won 11 in a row and moved one game in front of
Pittsburgh for the top spot in the conference. Georgetown hasn’t lost since a
74-69 setback on January 13 at Pittsburgh.
The Panthers (24-5, 11-3), who had won two straight and seven of their last
eight, suffered their first road conference loss of the campaign.
Georgetown will conclude the season with a trip to Syracuse on Monday and a
visit from Connecticut next Saturday, while Pittsburgh hosts West Virginia on
Tuesday and travels to Marquette next Saturday.
Ronald Ramon and Sam Young each scored 11 points for the Panthers, while Aaron
Gray returned from a one-game absence to register 10 points with six rebounds.
“It was a great game and I congratulate Georgetown for the win,” said
Pittsburgh head coach Jamie Dixon. “They played very well and they made big-
time plays at the end.”
The Hoyas trailed by eight with just over nine minutes to play after a three-
pointer by Levance Fields gave the Panthers a 47-39 advantage. Georgetown
followed with eight straight points — six from the free throw line — to tie
it before a layup by Fields again put the Panthers in front with just under
six minutes to play.
Green then scored inside to tie it and made a perfect pass to Jessie Sapp for
a layup on the next Georgetown possession. Wallace followed with a steal and a
layup to put the Hoyas in front by four and they never trailed again.
A layup by Gray pulled Pittsburgh within two, but Green hit a pair of free
throws and came up with another steal that led to a Sapp layup for a 57-51
cushion with just under two minutes remaining.
“Jeff Green came up with some key loose balls,” said Georgetown head coach
John Thompson III. “I have said this all year, we have a tendency to look at
Jeff and talk about what he did on offense — there are a couple key
possessions where we had to get [the ball] and he went and got it. He willed
his way to get the ball so that was good.”
The Hoyas then made enough free throws down the stretch to seal the win.
Georgetown hit 22-of-29 from the stripe, while Pittsburgh was only 8-of-16.
“They got to the free throw line more than we did — so to their credit, they
knocked them down,” Dixon added. “We’ve got to get to the free throw line
more. It’s tough to win on the road when you get to the free throw line less.”
In a tight first half, Pittsburgh led by four early before a 9-0 run gave
Georgetown a 16-11 edge. The Panthers rallied with eight of the next 10 points
to regain a slight lead, but a 6-0 run late in the half gave the Hoyas a 29-24
margin. Two free throws by Ramon in the final minute sent Pittsburgh into the
break down only 29-26.
Georgetown scored the first four points of the second half, but Pittsburgh
responded with 13 straight as part of an 18-3 run. Young scored five during
the burst and a three-pointer by Ramon gave the Panthers their largest lead at
Fields finished with seven points for Pittsburgh, while Sapp had seven for
Georgetown…Green scored 11 points in the second half…Gray missed Monday’s
game against Seton Hall with an ankle injury…Pittsburgh shot just 32.8