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Georgetown 74, Connecticut 63 12/30/08

"I want to congratulate Coach Thompson for coming in here and giving us a lesson on how to play basketball with enthusiasm, execution and energy."--Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun

From start to finish.

Georgetown has served notice to the Big East--and the nation--that it is ready to play, thumping the #2 ranked Connecticut Huskies in Hartford Monday night. The #11 Hoyas, picked seventh in the pre-season Big East poll, never trailed and never let the undefeated Huskies mount a serious charge in what has to be the first major shocker of the young season.

Georgetown needed a big start in this game and got it. The Hoyas held UConn scoreless for the first three minutes of the half, sending Jerome Dyson to the bench and enabling Greg Monroe to score five points and three assists in the first five minute as Georgetown built a leads of 8-1, 12-1, and 15-1 before the Huskies got its first field goal at the 14:25 mark. Georgetown's largest lead was at 18-3.

"I was worried that our guys would forget that transition defense was key," said coach John Thompson III. "At one time I said “Well, forget it. Keep scoring and we won’t have to worry about it.”

The Hoyas' early shooting was exemplary, shooting 10-14 to start and neutralizing Connecticut's advantage inside. Monroe was especially effective at keeping Hasheem Thabeet away from the basket, opening the door to a number of back door and inside passing. Connecticut's A.J. Price was held scoreless for the first 9:32 and the last 5:51 of the half, and Thabeet was scoreless for the entire half.

The Huskies tightened its defense and closed the lead to 28-24 at the 5:45 mark, but the Hoyas held UC to one field goal the remainder of the half. Greg Monroe picked up two quick fouls which sat him at the 3:00 mark, but two big baskets by Chris Wright propelled the Hoyas to a 36-27 halftime lead, the first halftime deficit for the Huskies all season. UConn managed just three assists and committed eight turnovers in the first half.

Monroe opened the half with his second three of the game, but picked up his 3rd foul with within the first 1:19 of the second half and UConn began to take advantage inside. John Thompson III opted to put Monroe back in at the 16:42 mark, up five, 40-35, From Monroe's opening three, Georgetown did not score a field goal for over five minutes, and UConn closed to three before Monroe drove to the basket to extend to five, 42-37.

The Huskies closed to 44-41 before Austin Freeman got a basket and a foul, 47-41, whereupon Jeff Adrien picked up three baskets over UConn's next three possessions. Still, it wasn't enough. When Jessie Sapp hit a three pointer at the 10:28 mark and Summers followed up with free throws, the lead was back to 11, 56-45, a 9-2 run.

Last Georgetown win vs. a #2 ranked team before this game.

Last Georgetown road win in Hartford before this game.

Straight wins over UConn after 11 straight losses from 1997-2006.

Georgetown free throw shooting in 1st half.

Georgetown free throw shooting in 2nd half.

UConn rebounds, ten below its average.

Number of times since 2004 a UConn team was upset in game 12 after starting 11-0.

Number of UConn home losses to a ranked opponent since 2000.

Georgetown's record in Big East openers, 1980-2004.

Georgetown's record in Big East openers under John Thompson III.

Georgetown went to the free throw route, going 8-8 during a key stretch when a Chris Wright back door extended the lead to 15 at 66-51 at the 5:22 mark. Consecutive turnovers by UConn opened the door wider, and a pair of Dajuan Summers basket extended the lead to 17, 70-53 at the 4:31 mark before the Huskies closed to 13 with 3:30 to play.

But Georgetown wouldn't go away, closing the door and essentially running out the clock in a momentous road upset.

Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun could not have been pleased with Thabeet's performance against the freshman Monroe. Although the 7-3 Thabeet finished with six blocks, he scored only four points.

"We had a tremendous size advantage," said Calhoun. "One of our disadvantages tonight was our size."

Georgetown's play was uniformly consistent all game. Monroe set the early tone, then benefited from a brisk substitution pattern of offense-defense which kept him out of foul trouble. From his third foul with 18:41 to play, Monroe played about half the second half (10 minutes), but without a foul. Austin Freeman came up big with a big drive to the basket to hold the lead midway in the half, and his free throw shooting paced an effort that will be long remembered in Big East circles. After missing the opening free throw of the second half at the 18:08 mark, Georgetown made 18 straight.

Also in the statistics was the defensive lock down on Jerome Dyson, the Huskies' most potent scorer. Georgetown guards have been effective all season in neutralizing high scoring guards and such was the case in this one. Averaging 15.5 points per game entering Big East play, Dyson shot 1-10, giving up four turnovers, including giving up a key turnover and two fouls when UConn had narrowed the lead to three.

"The Commissioner is not handing out any trophies after tonight, and we have a long difficult road ahead of us. It doesn’t get any easier," Thompson warned. "You can’t sit and dwell on this and enjoy this too much, because we have Pitt sitting there on Saturday."

Here's the Georgetown half of the box score.

            MIN   2FG   3FG   FT  REB  A  PF  PTS
Wright       35   5-9   1-1   3-4   2   2  2   16
Sapp         37   1-4   1-3   0-0   5   0  2    5
Freeman      36   4-8   0-1   5-5   6   1  2   13
Summers      36   3-9   2-4   6-7   4   3  3   18
Monroe       27   4-8   2-2   2-3   3   4  3   16
Clark         6   1-1   0-0   2-2   1   0  2    4
Vaughn       12   1-1   0-1   0-0   2   0  3    2
Wattad       11   0-0   0-1   0-0   0   0  0    0
DNP: Mescheriakov, Jansen, Sims
Team Rebounds                       5
TOTALS      200 19-40  6-13 18-21  28  10 17   74

Post game coverage follows below.

NBA Player Charities Examined 12/26/08

In the break before the start of Big East play, an article in Friday's Salt Lake Tribune examined nearly 100 charitable foundations set up by NBA players, many of which lacked IRS filings or failed to raise enough money to pay basic expenses. Two foundations that were highly regarded in the story were the foundations of Dikembe Mutombo (SLL'91) and Alonzo Mourning (C'92), the latter of which also merited a feature story in the paper.

The charitable foundation of Allen Iverson (ex'98) fared less well, according to the Tribune. "The most recent tax documents available show Iverson's Crossover Foundation took in $10,000 in 2005 and $5,000 in 2007, which, after $11,895 in donations to charity, left the organization $3,664 in the hole," it wrote.

Georgetown 76, Florida Int'l 38 12/24/08

"You can't come in here and start two walk-ons and beat Georgetown. There are a lot of miracles during the holidays, but they don't usually happen."--FIU coach Sergio Rouco

Four Hoyas scored in double figures as Georgetown completed is December non-conference slate with an easy 76-38 win over Florida International at Verizon Center.

Georgetown opened up early and often from three point range, with three straight three pointers off assists to open to a 9-2 lead in the first 1:46 of the game. The Golden Panthers committed four turnovers in their first ten possessions, falling behind 20-4 midway in the half and not challenging thereafter. The lead grew to 20 at the 9:14 mark, 27-7, and and grew to 27, at the half, 43-16, as Georgetown's starting five had contributed to eight three pointers and ten assists in thirteen field goals against a depleted FIU team, which shot just 25 percent in the half.

The second half can best be described as sloppy. FIU committed 13 fouls, sending Georgetown players to the line for 22 free throw attempts, connecting on 17. Georgetown shot well in the first half but only connected on 27 percent in the second half, including 2-10 from two point range, as reserves shot poorly throughout. For the half, the bench shot just 1-10 in the half, while the starters were just 5-12. FIU's inability to control the turnover was in evidence for this game, giving up 19 turnovers and committing 23 fouls.

The box score might otherwise be remembered for the absence of senior Jessie Sapp in the starting lineup. Sapp had started in 79 consecutive games since replacing Tyler Crawford in the starting lineup for the second game of the 2006-07 season before being sitting for the opening first and second half Tuesday; Sapp was 1-6 from the field and finished with four points. Head coach John Thompson III maintained that Sapp's sitting was more due to Wattad's improved play than anything on or off the court--ironically, Wattad also finished 1-6 from the field with four points, just as Sapp did.

Austin Freeman led all scorers with 17, followed by 14 from Chris Wright, 13 from Dajuan Summers, and 10 from Greg Monroe. The team's seven two point field goals in the game may be an uncharted modern record for the fewest of its kind, but Georgetown's 12 three pointers and 26 free throws were all it took to retire this game to the books early.

A six day break follows, to be followed three top ten teams in eight days: at #2 Connecticut on Dec. 29, home with #3 Pittsburgh on Jan. 3, and at #8 Notre Dame on January 5, and for the first time in a long while, Georgetown will be an underdog in all three.

Here's the Georgetown half of the box score.

            MIN   2FG   3FG   FT  REB  A  PF  PTS
Wright       26   2-3   2-2   4-4   2   7  0   14
Wattad       21   0-1   1-5   1-2   3   2  1    4
Freeman      21   1-3   5-6   0-0   2   1  1   17
Summers      24   3-3   1-2   4-4   5   2  2   13
Monroe       24   1-1   0-1   8-10  6   0  0   10
Mescheriakov  8   0-1   0-1   3-4   1   0  0    3
Jansen        2   0-0   0-0   2-2   1   0  1    2
Clark        18   0-2   1-2   2-2   3   0  0    5
Sapp         19   0-1   1-5   1-2   3   3  1    4
Vaughn       16   0-1   0-0   1-4   4   1  3    1
Sims         21   0-3   1-2   0-0   7   0  1    3
Team Rebounds                       0
TOTALS      200  7-19 12-26 26-34  37  16 11   76

Post game coverage follows below.

Home Court Advantage 12/24/08

Tuesday's game also marks the 28th straight home win at Verizon Center and 29th overall dating back to the 2006-07 season. That mark will be tested soon, as the Hoyas will play two Top 20 teams at home in its next three home games.

Here are the longest home win streaks in school history:

Home Streak Began Ended
47 2/12/1918 2/2/1924
29 1/24/2007 Current
28 1/27/1988 1/27/1990
24 2/20/1995 1/4/1997
21 1/26/1977 1/2/1979
Georgetown 69, Mt. St. Mary's 58 12/24/08

Chris Wright scored 19 points as Georgetown shook off its post-exams rust in a 69-58 win over Mount St. Mary's Saturday at Verizon Center.

The Mount came ready to play, taking a number of early leads and giving the Hoyas difficulty in setting up its offensive sets. Georgetown struggled early at the foul line and gave up offensive rebounds that gave the Mountaineers extra chance points. With 4:00 to play in the first half, the scored was tied, 24-24, but Georgetown was able to score the final nine points of the half to extend the lead to 33-24 at the break. The Mountaineers missed 13 of their final 15 in the half to fall behind by nine.

The Hoyas extended the lead to 14 midway in the second half, 47-33, but the Mount was in the bonus at the 13:13 mark and free throws allowed them to stay in the game. A pair of consecutive threes by MSM at the 8:00 mark closed the lead to 10, 54-44, and two steals closed to six at the 4:40 mark, 58-52. The Mountaineers had a chance to cut the lead to a single possession, but a three point shot with 4:00 sailed wide.

Georgetown missed a pair of dunks late and led by only eight, 62-54, at the 1:01 mark. The teams traded baskets down the stretch and GU added a pair of free throws at the end to put the game out of reach.

"I thought down the stretch we had a couple of lapses that could've put us in better position to win," said MSM coach Milan Brown. "It's just sometimes frustrating when you compete when you can almost see the light at the end of the tunnel and all of a sudden in a matter of forty seconds you go from we have the ball down six let's make a play to they're up by ten and at the free throw line."

Georgetown's statistics were well below expectations. The Hoyas shot just 38 percent for the game, a season low. Jessie Sapp was just 2-9 from the field, and the bench contributed just two field goals.

"Even though we won the game, we see things we need to do for the next game," said freshman Omar Wattad. "Our coach said it was not so much that we had a bad shooting night, the effort wasn't there on every possession and just trying to figure out ways no matter what's going on with exams, personal life, whatever, to keep the intensity and stay focused and keep going on, no matter what else is going on."

Here's the Georgetown half of the box score.

            MIN   2FG   3FG   FT  REB  A  PF  PTS
Wright       36   5-9   1-2   6-9   7   3  3   19
Sapp         27   1-5   1-4   1-2   9   0  2    6
Freeman      30   2-5   1-2   3-4   7   2  2   10
Summers      33   2-7   2-5   3-8   4   2  2   13
Monroe       42   2-5   0-0   4-6   4   1  3    8
Mescheriakov  3   0-0   0-2   0-0   0   0  1    0
Clark        16   1-1   0-0   4-4   1   0  1    6
Vaughn       14   0-1   0-1   2-2   2   2  0    2
Sins          4   0-0   0-0   0-0   0   0  0    0
Wattad       13   0-0   1-1   2-3   4   0  1    5
DNP: Jansen
Team Rebounds                       1
TOTALS      200 13-33  6-17 25-38  39  10 15   69

Post game coverage follows below.

Basketball & The White House 12/18/08

Various presidents set the tone of their administrations by their interest in sports--the Kennedy family played touch football, Richard Nixon favored the sport of bowling, and the two Bush administrations shared a common love of baseball. This link from USA Today notes the influx of former high school and college basketball players in the Obama administration, leading the President Elect to joke that "I think we are putting together the best basketball-playing cabinet in American history."

CNN.com even asked coach John Thompson III for his thoughts on the selections to date.

"It's more like he’s putting together his assistant coaches and his staff, not necessarily his players,” Thompson said, noting that "Once you bring the pieces together, it’s a matter of making it clear that there's a common goal we’re trying to achieve."

Summers Named Player Of the Week 12/16/08

Congratulations to forward Dajuan Summers, named Big East Player Of The Week following his efforts against Memphis and Savannah State. Coverage follows in this link to GUHoyas.com.

Ewing Jr. Signs With Reno 12/16/08

Patrick Ewing Jr. (C'08) has signed a contract to play with the NBA Development League's Reno Bighorns, according to media reports.

Ewing has been widely considered as a mid-season addition for the New York Knicks, but the New York Daily News reports that Ewing won't be in the mix for the Knicks until the team settles its issues with Stephon Marbury.

Georgetown 79, Memphis 70 (OT) 12/13/08

"I have to tell you, my hat's off to John Thompson and the job he's done. To lose what they had [from 2007-08] and to have a team that had that much desire to win anyway and have the swagger they have. I gotta give it to them, because there were times we had a chance to get [the lead] to eight or ten and they just said, 'Nope, not happening'." --Memphis coach John Calipari

The calendar reads December, but Georgetown was in March form in a gritty 79-70 overtime win over #16 ranked Memphis on Saturday at Verizon Center. The gamed marked the 26th consecutive win at the downtown arena, and the Hoyas were tested right to the end.

Memphis opened the game aggressive on the boards, opening up a 5-1 lead on the boards in the first four minutes of play. Rebounds and second chance points dominated the Tigers' stat sheet, giving them leads of 8-4 and 17-11 thanks to 12 second chance points in the first ten minutes of play. Georgetown fought back to take the lad, 21-18, on an Omar Wattad three pointer, but the Tigers fought back from the play of reserve center Shawn Taggart, with 14 points and eight rebounds in the first half. Memphis pushed the lead back to five at 31-26 but the Hoyas fought off a 0-7 drought from the field to pull back to tie at 33-all and trailed by one at the half, 38-37, only the second time in the past 26 home games it trailed at intermission.

Georgetown slowed the tempo to begin the second half and it tightened the game. Although Memphis carried a 21-9 advantage in second chance points, neither team led by more than four points down the stretch.

When Memphis playmaker Tyreke Evans went to the bench with his fourth foul at the 12:21 mark, Georgetown trailed by only two, 54-52, and scored the next five to lead 57-54 with 10:28 to play. For the next ten minutes, defense took over--Georgetown would miss nine straight threes and make only two baskets in regulation, Memphis three.

An Evans three at the 6:46 mark gave Memphis a 60-57 lead, answered by Georgetown's only baskets left in the half by Greg Monroe and Dajuan Summers to retake the lead, 61-60, with 5:12 left. Evans answered with a basket, 62-61, and the teams traded free throws into the final minutes. Georgetown held Memphis without a field goal for nearly five minutes, and when Austin Freeman was fouled with 30.6 seconds, up one, things looked good for the Hoyas. Making the first free throw, Freeman missed the back half of the one and one, and on Memphis' final possession of the half, center Robert Dozier tipped in a basket --yes,a second chance one-- with four seconds to play to send the game into overtime. With 11 lead changes in the half, there was more to come.

Number of Memphis rebounds, most by an opponent since 2002.

Georgetown three point shooting in 2nd half and overtime.

Memphis' shooting in final 9:54 of game.

Lead changes during game.

Consecutive road wins for Memphis entering game.

Missed shot by Georgetown in overtime.

Made shot by Memphis in overtime.

Defense held tight before both teams, as neither team hit a field goal for nearly half the overtime when Jason Clark sank a basket as the shot clock expired with 2:36 remaining, 69-66. An Evans drive was answered by a pass from Greg Monroe to Dajuan Summers for the basket, 71-68, but Summers could not finish with the free throw at the 1:36 mark.

Shawn Taggart added two free throws to close to 71-70 with 1:20 left, but Chris Wright may have saved his best of a great game for a key play late in overtime. With the shot clock approaching 25 and still in the backcourt, Wright, raced the length of the floor for a thrilling basket, 73-70. Memphis missed its next two shots with 34 seconds to play, but Freeman could still only add one of two free throws, 74-70, with 34 seconds left. Tyreke Evans missed two threes and Greg Monroe converted twice from the line. Upon Evans third miss with three seconds left, Sapp hit a half court three at the buzzer with the game decided. Evans finished the game 8-24 from the field, while Antonio Anderson was 0-8.

Like coach [Calipari] said, they just out-toughed us,” said Evans, who finished with 20 points. “They wanted it more than us. They rebounded, they got the loose balls. We didn’t finish the game strong.”

Summers led all Georgetown scorers with 21 points, with strong efforts all around. .

"Today after the game I told the guys we won this game together," Summers said. "No matter what the stat sheet says, or how the fans look at it, or whatever. I feel we did as a team; everyone contributed when they needed to and did the things we needed to, to win as a team. Everyone played their position today, and that's what we need to do as a team to win."

Here's the Georgetown half of the box score.

            MIN   2FG   3FG   FT  REB  A  PF  PTS
Wright       41   5-10  0-3   4-4   3   3  3   14
Sapp         27   1-3   1-4   1-2   7   1  4    6
Freeman      40   5-9   1-3   5-8   5   1  1   18
Summers      40   6-7   1-5   6-8   7   1  2   21
Monroe       42   2-7   0-0   9-12  6   3  2   13
Clark        19   1-2   0-1   2-2   5   0  2    4
Vaughn        3   0-0   0-0   0-0   0   0  0    0
Wattad       13   0-0   1-4   0-0   2   1  1    3
DNP: Mescheriakov, Jansen, Sims
Team Rebounds                       1
TOTALS      200 20-38  4-20 27-36  36  10 15   79

Post game coverage follows below.

Saturday's game was the sixth win in seven overtime games in John Thompson III's five seasons at Georgetown, a number unseen from recent coaches in overtime games. From 1991 to 2004, for example, Georgetown was just 6-19 (.240) in games settled in overtime.

Coach Years Record Pct.
Jack Magee 1967-72 3-7 .300
John Thompson 1972-99 22-23 .489
Craig Esherick 1999-04 3-9 .250
John Thompson III 2004- 6-1 .857

Saturday's game also marks the 26th straight home win at Verizon Center and 27th overall dating back to the 2006-07 season. Here are the longest home win streaks in school history:

Home Streak Began Ended
47 2/12/1918 2/2/1924
28 1/27/1988 1/27/1990
27 1/24/2007 Current
24 2/20/1995 1/4/1997
21 1/26/1977 1/2/1979
Tagliabue Elected Georgetown Board Chair 12/11/08

Georgetown University has announced the selection of Paul Tagliabue (C'62) as chairman of its board of directors, effective July 1, 2009.

"This is an especially exciting time for Georgetown University, and I am pleased to be able to have the opportunity to work with a talented leadership team to advance its important mission of education, research and service,” said Tagliabue, who first arrived on the Hilltop 50 years ago in the fall of 1958 on a basketball scholarship.

"We must prepare a deeper cohort of students for leadership in the 21st century for many reasons, including the creation of new knowledge; the development of a richer understanding of cultures unfamiliar to us; and the acceleration of interreligious dialogue,” Tagliabue said. “If our nations are to co-exist successfully in the new global environment and to address the most pressing challenges of the 21st century, then we need to invest in our greatest natural resource: our future generations of young people.”

National Interest In Memphis Game 12/10/08

With the college football regular season wrapped up and the bowl season a week away, Saturday's Georgetown-Memphis game should carry some heightened national interest.

"I saw Georgetown pick apart a decent Maryland team in the Old Spice Classic in Orlando a couple of weeks ago and was impressed with the Hoyas," writes Clark Kellogg in this link to CBS Sportsline. "The backcourt is solid with Jessie Sapp, Chris Wright and the underrated Austin Freeman, and freshman Greg Monroe is a skilled and mature-playing big man. However, an assertive and consistent DaJuan Summers is a must for Georgetown to be its best."

Don't expect much pre-game talk on ESPN, however--the network generally doesn't say much about college games it does not cover.

Georgetown 100, Savannah St. 38 12/9/08

Ten days ago, Savannah State led the University of Michigan 39-19 at the end of the first half. That Savannah State team was nowhere in evidence Monday night as the Georgetown Hoyas thoroughly routed the Tigers 100-38 before 8,013 in Verizon Center.

Savannah (5-4) arrived at Verizon Center following a 37 point output at St. Louis, and seemed to be worn out from the start, never mind the fact that coach John Thompson had implored his team to step up its execution following its game with American. The Tigers missed its first six shots, while the Hoyas made three straight to take a 7-0 lead and things got worse. Georgetown owned a 27-10 edge on rebounding as Savannah State (starting a 6-4 player in the post and no starter taller than 6-7) could not correct their poor shooting with second chance points. Compounded with the fact that Georgetown wasn't missing many, the rout was on.

A Jason Clark layup at the midway point of the half gave Georgetown a 28-7 lead, and after Rashad Hassan picked up a rare dunk with 9:23 to play in the half, the Tigers trailed 30-9 and proceeded to miss 12 of its next 13 shots down the stretch. By the time guard Raye Bailey hit a three pointer at the buzzer to end the half, Georgetown led by 42, 57-15, its largest halftime lead on record. For the half, Georgetown was 21-29 from the field, a blistering 17-21 from two point range and 4-8 from three. The Tigers managed just 4- 21 from two point range and finished with two defensive rebounds in 20 minutes.

The second half could be summed up by two questions: how many would play and by how much. Georgetown played hard but was not running up the score against Savannah, who simply didn't have the stamina to stay in the game. The Tigers committed more turnovers (8) than field goals (7) in the second half, for despite opening up with baskets on each of its first four possessions to close the gap to 63-26, went into another scoring abyss, missing 17 of its remaining 20 attempts in the half. With such poor shooting and nonexistent rebounding (4 defensive rebounds for the half, eight overall), Georgetown's lead grew with relative ease. Georgetown's lead grew back into the forties in the first eight minutes of the half, topped 50 with 8:33 to play, and continued to grow as the Tigers fell short.

With a largely reserve lineup, Georgetown outscored the Tigers 25-7 in the final ten minutes of the game, clearing the century mark on a pair of Bryon Jansen free throws with 47 seconds to play. The Hoyas were again unchallenged offensively, hitting 13 of 17 from two point range and 3 of seven from outside, with 19 rebounds. Savannah finished the game shooting 23% from the field.

One statistic sums up this game: Savannah State made eight two pointers all evening. Georgetown missed eight two pointers all evening.

"It was a learning game for us; we wanted to work on things that we needed to learn in order to be better in the future," said senior Jessie Sapp, one of five players in double figures. "It was fun but it was a learning experience for us too."

"I think guys on the team know what coach always says, it's about us and I think we bought in to that," said junior Dajuan Summers. "Guys know that no matter who the opposing team is, we need to do the things we do, the way we need to do them. So I think guys know the difference between this team and the team we play Saturday. I can't say there is any negative side to us playing so well against these guys tonight."

Tigers coach Horace Broadnax offered no excuses for the team's performance. "I guess the last week or so we've been on an emotional roller-coaster. We played extremely well against Michigan and with the exception of poor coaching we probably could have won that game. Then we came back and beat Bowling Green. We tried to use motivation to build off of that, but sometimes being in games like that is fool's gold."

"We're Division I in name," Broadnax said. "I'm not trying to make excuses but you have have's and have not's in Division I."

The 62 point margin of victory is the largest margin against a Division I team. Only four games have had larger margins, including a 1942 game against American when the Eagles were playing in the small college ranks:

Margin of Victory
1 St. Leo, 12/6/1986 (Div. II) 75
2 Shenandoah, 12/10/1988 (Div. III) 74
3 UDC, 12/16/1989 (Div. II) 73
4 American, 12/10/1942 (College Div.) 66
5 Hawaii-Hilo, 11/26/1983 (NAIA) 62
5 Savannah St, 12/8/2008 62
6 Marymount, 11/26/2001 (Div. III) 61
7 Radford, 12/15/2007 59
8 St. Leo, 12/30/1995 (Div. II) 58
9 Maryland, 12/18/1907 55

Georgetown also shot 69.8 percent in the game, fifth best all time, and the best for any game of 100 or more points.

Highest FG %, Game
1 Oregon State, 3/21/1982 74.4
2 St. John's, 2/29/1980 71.9
3 St. John's, 3/9/1984 71.7
4 Notre Dame, 3/19/1989 71.4
5 Savannah St, 12/8/2008 69.8
6 G. Washington, 12/16/1981 68.6
7 Tennessee State, 12/28/1984 68.3
8 Hawaii-Loa, 11/27/1991 68.0
9 Providence, 2/23/1983 67.9
10 Villanova, 2/24/1990 67.5

Here's the Georgetown half of the box score.

            MIN   2FG   3FG   FT  REB  A  PF  PTS
Wright       22   3-5   0-1   0-0   2   4  1    6
Sapp         24   3-3   2-4   2-2   3   1  0   14
Freeman      20   6-6   0-1   2-2   3   3  2   14
Summers      19   4-6   2-2   0-1   5   1  1   14
Monroe       20   4-6   0-0   5-7   7   1  1   13
Mescheriakov 15   0-1   1-1   0-2   2   1  2    3
Jansen        3   0-0   0-0   2-2   0   0  0    2
Clark        22   3-3   0-2   4-4   5   1  2   10
Vaughn       20   3-3   0-0   1-2   8   3  3    7
Sims         18   2-2   1-1   1-2   4   0  0    8
Wattad       17   2-3   1-3   2-2   4   3  0    9
Team Rebounds                       3
TOTALS      200 30-38  7-15 19-26  46  18 12  100

Post-game articles follow below.

Georgetown 73, American 49 12/7/08

The Georgetown Hoyas scored the first 13 points of the game and never looked back in a 73-49 win over American University at Verizon Center.

The Eagles (5-4) came into the game having dropped two straight and the struggles continued early, with four turnovers in its first five possessions as Georgetown took a 13-0 lead. With nine turnovers in its first ten minutes and 12 for the half, AU shot 20 percent from the field and never developed an offensive rhythm, as the Hoyas ended the first half with a 16-0 run to lead 40-12 at intermission.

Georgetown led by as many as 33 early in the half, 50-17, before the game settled in a range around 25 points towards the end of the game, when reserves filled out the starting five for the final seven or eight minutes.

Chris Wright scored a career high 22 points on 8-10 shooting.

Here's the Georgetown half of the box score.

            MIN   2FG   3FG   FT  REB  A  PF  PTS
Wright       27   5-6   3-4   3-3   2   0  1   22
Sapp         27   1-1   4-5   0-0   4   1  2   14
Freeman      23   1-2   0-2   5-5   2   6  1    7
Summers      22   3-4   2-3   2-4   5   0  2   14
Monroe       27   3-6   0-1   2-3   5   4  0    8
Mescheriakov 11   0-0   1-2   0-0   0   0  3    3
Jansen        1   0-0   0-0   0-0   0   0  0    0
Clark        23   0-0   0-1   1-2   1   1  2    2
Vaughn       11   0-1   0-1   2-2   1   2  1    1
Sims         13   0-0   0-0   0-0   0   0  1    0
Wattad       15   1-1   0-1   0-0   1   0  1    2
Team Rebounds                       3
TOTALS      200 14-21 10-20 15-19  24  14 14   73

Post-game articles follow below.

Monroe: Rookie Of The Week 12/2/08

Congratulations to freshman Greg Monroe, named Big East Rookie of the Week for his play this past weekend at the Old Spice Classic. Additional details follow in this link to GUHoyas.com.

Jones Named National Security Adviser 12/2/08

Georgetown basketball alumnus James Jones (F'66) was named on Monday by President-Elect Barack Obama as his national security advisor. The selection has received wide-scale bipartisan support.

Amidst a number of articles on the appointment from Time to the Washington Post, an editorial from the Toronto Globe & Mail is an example of the early praise of the selection.

"With Afghanistan as Mr. Obama's top foreign-policy priority, the retired general's multidimensional approach will find favour in the White House," wrote the paper. "He has called for a massive increase in development aid as well as more troops and more effort from allies. Mr. Jones also led U.S. relief operations in Bosnia and northern Iraq during the Kurdish exodus so he has a hands-on familiarity with the ability of the U.S. military to deliver in places where it is not at war. For an administration seeking solutions in Somalia and Darfur, that sort of experience may come in handy.

"For a president with no military service and one without any track record on foreign policy or security issues, naming Mr. Jones will instantly add to Mr. Obama's credibility among the upper echelons of the U.S. officer corps, not least because the retired general took the job."


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