Hoya Fans Buck Winter Blizzard for Georgetown Win, 103-90
John E De Freitas. | 2/11/2010, 10:11 a.m.
Austin Freeman led the Hoyas with 25 points. Freeman scored double digits in his 16th-consecutive game. Freeman is now the 41st player in Georgetown history to reach the 1,000-point plateau. Photo by John E de Freitas
Despite an epic snowstorm that blanketed the nation€s capital, college basketball fans showed up in droves, Sat., Feb. 6, to cheer the Hoyas on at the Verizon Center in Northwest.
A crowd of 10,387 €" mostly students who attend Georgetown University -- trudged through the snow and blustering winds to see No. 2 ranked Villanova and No. 7 ranked Georgetown do battle in a Big East game.
Junior guard Austin Freeman led the Hoyas with 25 points and sophomore guard Jason Clark added 24 more for a combined 49 points. The Hoyas move to 17-5 overall and 7-4 in the Big East, while Villanova had its 11-game winning streak end and fell to 20-2 overall.
Freeman scored in double digits for the 16th-consecutive game as he tallied a game-high 25 points which included his first basket of the game. This makes him the 41st player in Georgetown history to reach the 1,000-point plateau.
He said the team decided not to push plays.
"Our team, we're not trying to force it. We know if we don't have an opportunity, instead of forcing it, we're going to swing it to the next person; the win says we can beat anyone in the country," Freeman said.
Clark scored a career-high 24 points and hit 6 of 7 attempts from 3-point land, while sophomore center Greg Monroe contributed 19 points, eight rebounds, six assists and two blocks.
Greg Monroe, scored 11-of-14. The sophomore center contributed 19 points to defeat the Wildcats during the Sat., Feb. 6 game at the Verizon Center. Monroe had eight rebounds and six assists. Photo by John E de Freitas
After a disappointing loss to South Florida (72-64), Wed., Feb 3, the victory over Villanova provided just the confidence boost that Georgetown needed.
"We're as good as we want to be. Coach always stresses that in games, it's always about us. Other teams are going to do things, different things are going to happen, but it's about what we do,€ Monroe said.
Junior forward Julian Vaughn scored 13 points, three rebounds, three assists and two blocks, and freshman guard Hollis Thompson scored 12 points, five rebounds and three assists.
Scottie Reynolds of Villanova led the Wildcats with 24 points for the day, but hit only 6 of 17 shots from the floor.
In retrospect, Villanova Head Coach Jay Wright admitted that the game was not one of his team€s best efforts.
Jason Clark scored a career-high 24 points and hit 6-of-7 from the three-point range during the Georgetown vs. Villanova game at the Verizon Center. Photo by John E de Freitas
"That was not one of our better performances; you€ve got to give Georgetown most of the credit. They€re a very difficult team to play [from] behind against because they€re a great passing team,€ Wright said.
€They hit us early and we scrapped and fought but it wasn't enough," the coach said.