Winning Streak Halted at Eight as No. 11 Marquette Falls to No. 22 Georgetown
Feb. 10, 2007
WASHINGTON (AP) -With size getting the better of speed, Roy Hibbert and Jeff Green combined for 47 points Saturday and No. 22 Georgetown celebrated the 100th anniversary of Hoyas basketball with a 76-58 victory over No. 11 Marquette.
On a day in which Patrick Ewing was honored as the most popular player on the school's all-century team, Hibbert maintained the legacy of the great Georgetown centers with 23 points and 11 rebounds, and big forward Green matched his career-high with 24 points in the seventh-straight victory for the Hoyas (18-5, 8-2 Big East) and their first win over a Top 25 team.
Hibbert's hook shot and Green's 3-pointer started a 23-5 game-ending run that broke open a close game. Marquette trailed 53-52 after Jerel McNeal's 3-pointer with 7:29 remaining, but the Golden Eagles made only one field goal and four free throws the rest of the game.
Ousmane Barro had 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Golden Eagles (21-5, 8-3 Big East), who had won eight straight. The sophomore guard trio of Dominic James, Wesley Matthews and McNeal combined for 19 points, less than half of their 42.6 average. James' shooting woes continued - he went 2-for-17 from the field and is 5-for-35 over his last three games.
The game was a classic battle of speed vs. size, of Marquette's drive-to-the-basket backcourt against Georgetown's towering frontcourt of Hibbert and Green. The Golden Eagles wanted to play fat; the Hoyas were deliberate.
Hibbert and Green were dominant early, Marquette had turnovers on three consecutive possessions and Georgetown took a 16-6 lead. The Golden Eagles started 3-for-14 from the field, and an early tone was set when James drove to the basket and had his runner altered by the long reach of Hibbert.
But a fast-break layup by Matthews started a 9-0 up-tempo run that cut the lead to one. Marquette regained the lead on Hayward's three-point play, but a dunk by Hibbert and a free throw by Green gave Georgetown a 28-26 lead at the half. Outside shooting was spotty in the half - the teams combined to make 2 of 13 3-point attempts.
Green came out of nowhere to stuff in an offensive rebound early in the second half, but Barro made his mark as well. The Marquette center reached a double-double early in the second half, and his putback while Hibbert was on the bench helped prompt Georgetown coach John Thompson III to get his center back in the game quickly.
After Hibbert returned, he and Green scored the next 17 points for Georgetown to put the game away.
At a halftime ceremony, the Hoyas unveiled the all-century team that included Ewing, Eric "Sleepy" Floyd, Michael Jackson, Dikembe Mutombo, Alonzo Mourning, Allen Iverson and many others. Curiously, the ceremony made no mention of the one man to whom the school owes its national basketball relevance, Hall of Fame coach John Thompson.