Georgetown blasts Belmont; advances to play Boston College
Winston-Salem, NC (Sports Network) – Jessie Sapp scored 20 points and Jeff
Green added 15, leading Georgetown to an 80-55 victory over Belmont in the
first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Sapp drilled four three-pointers and finished 8-of-10 from the field for the
Big East champion Hoyas (27-6), who are seeded second in the East Region and
will next face Boston College in the second round on Saturday. The seventh-
seeded Eagles advanced earlier in the day with an 84-75 victory over Texas
Saturday’s matchup will mark the renewal of an old rivalry, as Boston College
was a long-time member of the Big East before leaving for the ACC. Georgetown
has an overall record of 43-27 against BC.
Andrew Preston scored 14 points for Belmont (23-10), which had won seven
straight games and captured the Atlantic Sun title to earn its second straight
NCAA Tournament berth. The Bruins suffered a 78-44 loss to UCLA in their
inaugural NCAA game last year.
Belmont raced out to an 11-4 lead early, but Georgetown stormed back with a
23-4 run. Green and Sapp each scored eight during the burst and Sapp’s three-
pointer with just over 6 1/2 minutes remaining in the half gave the Hoyas a
The Bruins pulled within 32-25 a few minutes later, but Georgetown scored the
last six points of the half on a three-point play by DaJuan Summers and a
three-pointer by Jonathan Wallace to take a 38-25 cushion to the break.
Sapp drilled a trio of three-pointers and scored 11 points for the Hoyas in
the opening 20 minutes. Georgetown made 6-of-14 shots from beyond the arc and
dominated the glass with a 21-10 advantage in the first half.
Belmont scored first in the second half to make it an 11-point game, but the
Hoyas followed with 13 of the next 15 points to blow it wide open. Roy Hibbert
scored six points during the run and his layup with just under 13 minutes left
staked Georgetown to a 51-29 lead.
The bulge reached 26 on a three-point play by Patrick Ewing Jr. with 8:21 to
play and Georgetown cruised from there.
Hibbert finished with 10 points and 13 rebounds for Georgetown, which shot
54.7 percent and won for the 16th time in its last 17 games.
Belmont shot a dismal 35.7 percent from the field.
Justin Hare added 10 points for Belmont, which made only 6-of-26 three-point
attempts…The Hoyas finished 7-of-16 from beyond the arc and wound up with a
39-30 advantage on the boards…Georgetown reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA
Tournament last year before losing to eventual national champion
Florida…This was the first-ever meeting between the schools.