Georgetown bounces back to beat UConn
Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Roy Hibbert scored 18 points and grabbed 12
rebounds, leading ninth-ranked Georgetown to a 59-46 victory over Connecticut
in the regular-season finale for both at the Verizon Center.
Jeff Green added 14 points and Patrick Ewing Jr. contributed 12 for the Hoyas
(23-6, 13-3 Big East), who bounced back from Monday’s loss at Syracuse and won
for the 12th time in their last 13 games.
Georgetown also snapped an 11-game losing streak against Connecticut and
clinched the Big East Tournament’s No. 1 seed after Syracuse’s loss at
Villanova on Saturday.
“It’s a great accomplishment,” said Green about the league crown. “Since the
first day of practice that was one of our goals and we get to check that one
off on our list. It’s just hard work from the beginning of the season,
everybody putting in the work and the time and the effort to make it this far,
so it’s a good accomplishment for us.”
Jeff Adrien scored 14 points for Connecticut (17-13, 6-10), which closed out a
disappointing regular season. The Huskies lost their final three games heading
into the Big East Tournament and the six conference wins marked the fewest for
the team since the 1988-89 campaign — Jim Calhoun’s third year with the
Georgetown led by five early after a three-pointer by Ewing made it an 11-6
game, but UConn responded with six straight points and it remained tight until
the final three minutes of the half.
DaJuan Summers and Jessie Sapp converted layups on consecutive possessions to
give Georgetown a 25-22 lead and Ewing added another shot from beyond the arc
for a six-point margin with just under two minutes to play.
The Hoyas went into the break with a 30-26 edge and stormed out of the gates
after the intermission.
Georgetown started the second half with a 15-1 run. Hibbert scored the first
four points of the spurt and Ewing drained a pair of free throws with just
over 14 minutes remaining to give the Hoyas a comfortable 45-27 cushion.
“It definitely was our defense,” said Georgetown head coach John Thompson III
when asked about the game-deciding run. “I thought we did a good job of being
attentive. We did a better job of getting rebounds and limiting them to one
The Huskies never threatened again.
Georgetown hadn’t beaten UConn since February 3, 1997…The Hoyas lead the
all-time series 30-27…Jonathan Wallace chipped in 10 points for Georgetown,
which shot 40.7 percent and hit 5-of-17 three-point tries…UConn shot just
35.8 percent and made only 1-of-10 from beyond the arc.