Green’s banker boosts Hoyas past Vandy
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – Jeff Green’s one-handed jump shot off
the glass with 2.5 seconds left lifted Georgetown to a 66-65 victory over
Vanderbilt in the East Regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament.
Green finished with 15 points for the second-seeded Hoyas (29-6), who advanced
to the Elite Eight and will face top-seeded North Carolina on Sunday.
It looked as if Green shuffled his feet before getting the shot off, but there
was no traveling call. Alex Gordon then missed a shot near half-court at the
buzzer for the Commodores.
“I feel very proud of this group of guys just because of how we have
progressed, how we are winning games,” said Georgetown head coach John
Thompson III. “Everyone out there is sticking together. Collectively we’re
figuring out how to win games. So that makes me extremely happy, extremely
DaJuan Summers added 15 points while Roy Hibbert had 12 points and 10 rebounds
before fouling out with four minutes left in the contest for the Hoyas.
Dan Cage and Derrick Byars each had 17 points in the loss for the sixth-seeded
“Well, it feels bad now because it was a close game and you’re thinking about
the things that, you know, didn’t go our way,” said Cage. “When you lose by
20, usually it’s a whole game of not playing well. Today I think we had a lot
of guys play well so it’s a little bit tougher to swallow right now.”
Trailing by eight points at halftime, Georgetown opened the second half on a
17-6 surge to take a 41-38 lead about 6 1/2 minutes into the stanza. Hibbert
was a force inside and had nine points during the stretch.
Things then went back-and-forth until Jessie Sapp gave the Hoyas a 62-60 lead
with just over two minutes left after grabbing a defensive rebound, then going
coast-to-coast and dropping in two points with a layup in heavy traffic.
With 1:36 remaining, Ross Neltner went 1-of-2 from the charity stripe to pull
Vandy within one. Jonathan Wallace answered for the Hoyas with a long jumper
to make it 64-61 with about a minute left.
Two free throws from Byars made it 64-63 with 48.8 seconds left and the
Commodores then got the ball back after Patrick Ewing Jr. pushed off at the
other end going for a rebound. With Vanderbilt in the double-bonus, Cage hit
both shots from the line to move Vandy in front 65-64 with 17.9 seconds to
After a timeout, Green got the ball in the low post and backed into two
defenders. He momentarily lost the ball, recovered it, and after changing his
pivot foot without a whistle, threw up a one-handed shot that banked off the
glass and in with 2.5 seconds showing on the clock.
With a little bit of time left, the Commodores still had a chance but Gordon’s
long contested shot from just past mid-court fell short.
“When I went into my move, I kind of fumbled it a little bit,” Green said.
“Hurried up, tried to find it, pick it up. Just tried to get it up off the
glass and it went in. That was just a good play. A fumble play, bumble play I
had to make. I got lucky, and it went in.”
Trailing early in the contest, Vanderbilt rattled off a 16-1 run to take a
18-6 lead about six minutes into the game. Cage drilled two three-pointers
during the surge and had eight points total.
Towards the tail end of the opening half, the Hoyas got back into the contest
and cut their deficit to three points after using a 10-0 run. Ewing drained a
shot beyond the arc and followed with two free throws to make it 27-24 with
about two minutes left in the first half.
The Commodores answered by scoring the final five points of the half to take a
32-24 advantage into halftime.
Cage led the way for Vandy with 11 points and was 3-of-6 from long distance at
The Hoyas shot 44.6 percent from the field for the game and 53.1 percent in
the second half…Ewing finished with seven points…The Hoyas lead the all-
time series at 3-1…Georgetown held a 40-26 advantage in the rebound
department…Shan Foster had 16 points for Vanderbilt…The Commodores
finished with just five turnovers.