Georgetown tops Pittsburgh for first Big East title in 18 years
New York, NY (Sports Network) – Jeff Green capped his incredible week with a
21-point performance, and ninth-ranked Georgetown used a suffocating defense
to pound No. 13 Pittsburgh, 65-42, for the Big East Tournament title.
Green, who was named the tournament’s MVP, ended 6-of-12 from the field and 8-
of-10 from the foul line for the top-seeded Hoyas (26-6), who won the
championship for the first time since 1989.
Roy Hibbert contributed 18 points and 11 rebounds for Georgetown, which picked
up the automatic bid for the NCAA Tournament.
Sam Young had 10 points for the Panthers (27-7), who shot just 26.2 percent
(16-of-61) in the game and faltered after a horrendous first half. Pittsburgh
was in the final for a sixth time in seven years, but the Panthers were no
match for the Hoyas, especially with Aaron Gray scoring just three points on
Georgetown scored 13 consecutive points for a 28-13 lead and held a 32-17
advantage at the half. Hibbert’s jam capped the big run, which featured a
three-pointer by DaJuan Summers.
The Hoyas continued to dominate in the final 20 minutes, as the lead never
dipped under double digits. Green had six straight Hoya points at one
juncture, boosting his team to a 45-30 lead with 11:10 left.
Gray’s only basket came on a layup for a 45-32 deficit, but Jonathan Wallace
came right back with a three-pointer for the Hoyas. Green’s layup pushed the
lead to 21 points at 53-32 with 8 1/2 minutes remaining.
Georgetown outrebounded the Panthers, 31-15…The Hoyas ended 23-of-45 from
the field…This was Georgetown’s first appearance in the title game since
1996, when it lost to Connecticut…Pittsburgh, which lost to Syracuse last
year, captured its lone title in 2003 over UConn.