Georgetown Pulls Away from DePaul, 66-52

Washington, D.C. - Georgetown junior Jeff Green (Hyattsville, Md./Northwestern) scored 19 points and freshman DaJuan Summers (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) added 12 points to lead four players in double figures as the Hoyas pulled away from DePaul for a 66-52 win in front of 9,315 fans at Verizon Center Wednesday night.

It was the third-straight win for the Hoyas, who improved to 14-5 overall and 4-2 in the BIG EAST Conference. DePaul falls to 12-9 overall and 3-4 in league play.

Georgetown led by one point, 42-41, midway through the second half and used a 14-4 run over a span of 7:10 - with Green scoring five points - and took a 56-45 lead on a three-pointer from the corner by Summers with 3:33 to play. The Hoyas, who held DePaul without a basket for 4:04 during that stretch, extended the lead to 13 points on a layup from junior center Roy Hibbert (Adelphi, Md./Georgetown Prep). The Hoyas took their biggest lead, 61-47, on a three-pointer from junior guard Jonathan Wallace (Harvest, Ala./Sparkman) with 2:05 to play in the game.

The first 25 minutes of the game were tightly contested and the teams were tied for the seventh time early in the opening minutes of the second half. A pair of free throws from Draelon Burns gave the Blue Demons a 37-35 lead, but a three-pointer from Summers - celebrating his 19th birthday - gave the Hoyas the lead for good at 38-37 with 16:04 to play.

The first half was back and forth, with five ties and four lead changes and the largest lead a six-point margin in favor of DePaul. There were four ties and three lead changes in the opening 10 minutes until a free throw from junior forward Patrick Ewing (Marietta, Ga./National Christian Academy) and a three from junior swingman Tyler Crawford (Stuart's Draft, Va./William E. Lee) gave the Hoyas a 19-15 lead with 8:05 to play in the half.

The Blue Demons, who hit 68 percent of their first half shots, used a 15-5 run over a span of 6:13 and took a 30-24 lead on a layup from Wilson Chandler with 1:52 to play. Georgetown, however, got a pair of three-pointers from Wallace in the final minute of the first half and tied the game at 30-all.

Green hit 7-of-13 shots from the field and added three rebounds, two assists and two steals to lead the team with 19 points, while Summers had 12 points and six rebounds with two assists. Hibbert finished with 12 points and four boards and Wallace added 11 points, three assists and two rebounds. Freshman guard Jeremiah Rivers (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park) added four points and four rebounds in 15 minutes.

Georgetown shot 53.3 percent from the floor (24-of-45), the 13th time in 19 games this season the team has hit at least half of its field goals. The team was 8-of-16 from three-point land (50.0%) and shot 66.7 percent from the free throw line (10-of-15). Each team grabbed 25 rebounds, the Hoyas had 16 turnovers and committed only seven turnovers.

Burns scored a game-high 20 points to lead DePaul, while Chandler added 10 points.

Official Box Score

Post-Game Quotes

Georgetown Head Coach John Thompson III

On defending DePaul…

"We wanted to take away their shots throughout the game. We knew that every guy on the court could make a shot for them and that they were a shooting team. In the first half we were allowing them to do what they wanted to do…shoot the ball. In the second half we just wanted to keep a body in front of them and luckily the shots that were falling in the first half weren't in the second."

On the Hoya Offense…

"At first we were getting antsy…everyone was coming up the court and trying to make a play individually instead of as a team. During the timeout, I told them to take it easy, relax and stick with our offense and just let it flow. I thought we came out after that and did a good job with that."

On the Hoya Defense…

"I think we did a good job after the timeout…we tightened up and made sure instead of giving them open looks that we would leave them with tough contested shots. We had seven turnovers and took care of the ball and that helped our defense out also. We have to continue to have games like that, where we continue to take care of the ball and play defense very well. "

On Jon Wallace…

"Jon played well and made some big shots when we needed them. When they were making a run, we needed to create some distance and Jon, as he has done all year, made some big shots. "

On BIG EAST play…

"In the league, no game is over at halftime. We came out and it was a close game…they went on a run and Jon made one of those big threes and we went into halftime with a tie. The team [Depaul] shot 70% in the first half and went in with a tie, and I told them that they weren't going to keep shooting like that. "

On Jeff's play…

"Especially in the second half he picked it up. He finished with 19 points and it was a good mix of inside and outside scoring from him. "

DePaul Head Coach Jerry Wainwright

"My only real comments are, uh, are several of the Georgetown players I know… so I was one of the assistants on the 18 and under team this year that DaJuan Summers played on and he's a really nice kid and he's really made a lot of progress I think he is going to be a really terrific young player in this league and I really like him as a person. I got a great respect and fondness for Coach Thompson and his program and I wish him nothing but the best the rest of the year."

"….I probably see the game different than a lot of people do, I am in a position right now that I think anything I say would be really difficult….and that is not in anyway to demean what Georgetown did, like I said I have terrific respect for their kids, love how they play.

On Sam Meija…

"You know, Sam's (Mejia) pretty aggressive player and uh and Sam I think puts his down and drives a lot and I think he's around the ball a lot and uh I think its pretty difficult to play when you don't have the opportunity to counter physical play and at the free throw line. Sam's role had kind of changed, we move him to point guard in this game to, trying to get other players involved because obviously Draelon had a hot hand in the first half and uh Sammy's ability to pass and see over the defense I thought really helped us and I thought he did a really good job defensively because many times he was matched up against a small forward because we had to use the size so he gave up something in this game I think to try and help us win. "

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