Men's Basketball Falls at Georgetown
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Jeff Green scored 19 points, and Roy Hibbert had 11 of his 12 in the second half, leading Georgetown past DePaul 66-52 Wednesday night for the Hoyas' third consecutive Big East victory.
DaJuan Summers, a freshman who had his first double-double in Georgetown's previous game, added 12 points, including a 3-pointer that put the hosts ahead 56-45 with 3 1/2 minutes left, effectively sealing the win.
Draelon Burns led DePaul with a season-high 20 points. But only one other DePaul player scored more than five: Wilson Chandler with 10 -- but he shot 1-for-13 after halftime, when the game was tied 30-30.
Georgetown (14-5, 4-2) limited DePaul (12-9, 3-4) to 27 percent shooting in the second half, including a six-minute stretch without a field goal. That drought ended when the 7-foot-2 Hibbert was called for goaltending on Wesley Green's shot with 10:43 left in the game, pulling DePaul to 42-41.
Green's three-point play with 10:10 to go put Georgetown ahead 45-41, and his layin off the glass made it 49-43 with less than eight minutes left.
Before the game, Green was honored for becoming the 37th player in Georgetown history to reach 1,000 career points, a figure he surpassed during a loss at Pittsburgh on Jan. 13. Coach John Thompson III met Green at midcourt to hand him a basketball noting the accomplishment.
The 6-foot-9 junior was Georgetown's most consistent cog on offense throughout, scoring on slashing drives or from 3-point range.
It was a good thing, too, because his classmate Hibbert was ineffective at the start. Hibbert began 0-for-3 from field; his first field goal was a dunk 3:14 into the second half off a pretty pass from Jonathan Wallace. Hibbert shot 15-for-17 in Georgetown's previous three games and he entered Wednesday making 70.9 percent of his field goals.
Against DePaul, Hibbert's only point of the first half came with 2:28 left, when he went 1-for-2 from the line.
Burns and Chandler both went 4-for-5 from the field in the first half, helping DePaul go up by as many as six points.
Burns made his first four shots, including three 3-pointers in a four-possession span, to put DePaul ahead 26-21 with about 3 1/2 minutes left. His 11 points to that point already topped his 9.2 average for a full game this season.
But Wallace made 3-pointers on Georgetown's final two possessions of the half to even the score.
DePaul went 9-for-10 on 2-point field-goal attempts -- 13-for-19 overall from the field (68.4 percent) -- in the first half but hurt itself with 10 turnovers.
Sammy Mejia's 3-pointer on DePaul's opening possession of the second half made him the second player in school history with 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 300 assists, 100 steals and 100 3-pointers. The other was Tom Kleinschmidt, who played from 1991-95.