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Georgetown Upsets Duke, 89-77

Robert P. Stephens II | 2/3/2010, 1:32 p.m.

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Georgetown forward Julian Vaughn battles for a loose ball during the second half of the competitive game, Sat., Jan. 30.

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Duke senior forward Lance Thomas (#42) gets double coverage from two Georgetown players as he tries to make the basket.


By Robert P. Stephens II - Special to WI

The Georgetown Hoyas dismantled the Duke Blue Devils, 89-77, in front of a capacity crowd of 20,039 screaming fans at the Verizon Center, Sat., Jan. 30, during a game which was never in doubt from the opening tip-off.

President Obama and Vice President Biden seated at courtside watched the Hoyas, in what may be considered their finest hour this season, obliterate the top ranked team in the ACC.

The Hoyas shot 71.7 percent from the floor in a flawless display of offense. Georgetown (16-4) for the season held Duke to 37 percent shooting from the floor. The Blue Devils fell to (17-4).

€Georgetown played a great basketball game,€ said Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski.

€We could never match their emotion."

The Hoyas led 46-33 in the first half thanks to guard Chris Wright who scored 16 points. Austin Freeman chipped in with 12 points as the Hoyas shot 77 percent from the court. The Georgetown defense held Duke to 33 percent shooting. Georgetown also dominated the inside, outscoring the Blue Devils 18-8 in the paint.

Reserves Jerrelle Benimon and Hollis Thompson played key roles when Jason Clark got in foul trouble.

€Everyone did their job,€ said Coach John Thompson III, who added, €Jerrelle came in and was a presence in there.€

The Hoyas continued to put the pressure on Duke during the second half.

€I just think we were focused the whole length of the game, Freeman said.

At one point during the second half, the Hoyas held a 23-point lead, shooting 71 percent from the floor.

Wright and sophomore center Greg Monroe led the rout over Duke. Both players finished the afternoon with 21 points. Monroe contributed with five assists and five rebounds. Freeman added 20 points, five assists and three rebounds.

€I'm just trying to play within the offense. [And], I€m just trying to play off of my teammates€ Freeman said.

Duke starters, Nolan Smith finished the day with 19 points, Kyle Singler with 18 points and John Scheyer provided 17 points. The trio led the Blue Devils in scoring.

The Hoyas will play Villanova Sat., Feb. 6. The tip-off is set for noon. Georgetown forward Julian Vaughn battles for a loose ball during the second half of the competitive game, Sat., Jan. 30.