Sunday , Mar , 11 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

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 Most Outstanding Player, 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.

“This is the time of year where good players, good teams play well, and
there’s no doubt that Jeff Green is special with what he can do on the
basketball court,” Georgetown coach John Thompson III said. “He can do so many
things at such a high level, and he played extremely well this weekend,
there’s no doubt about that.”

Roy Hibbert contributed 18 points and 11 rebounds for Georgetown, which picked
up the automatic bid for the NCAA Tournament.

Thompson III and John Thompson are the first father-son tandem to both coach
their team to a Big East Championship title. This was the first for Thompson
III. Thompson coached in 10 title games, winning six crowns with the Hoyas.

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
1-of-13 shooting.

Despite the loss, Pittsburgh should receive a high seed in the NCAA

“We are going to definitely have to put this behind us and look ahead,” said
Pitt’s Antonio Graves, who was limited to six points. “We have another
tournament coming up which is the most important tournament.”

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.

Game Notes

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…This is the seventh Big
East crown for the Hoyas, the most all-time, one more than
Connecticut…Georgetown’s Patrick Ewing Jr. who was held scoreless, is the
first son of a former Big East player to play in and win a Big East final.
Syracuses Andy Rautins, son of former SU standout Leo Rautins, was on last
year’s Orange squad that won the title but didn’t play in the game…The 107
points by Georgetown and Pittsburgh broke the tournament record for the fewest
combined points by two teams in the title game. The previous mark was 110 in
1992 (Syracuse 56, Georgetown 54)…Georgetown is now 3-0 versus Pittsburgh in
Big East tournament play…The Hoyas are 12-0 all-time in the Big East
championship as a No. 1 seed.