January 25, 2007

Hoyas grind Demons down stretch

January 25, 2007 - Coming into last night's home game with DePaul University, Georgetown had completed a challenging stretch of three consecutive road games - a frustrating loss to Big East leading Pittsburgh followed by impressive wins over Garden State foes Rutgers and Seton Hall.

As a result, Coach John Thompson III and his team were glad to be back at the Verizon Center.

Their performance, particularly during a second half 19-6 run spanning almost nine minutes, showed i, and was key to the 66-52 win before an announced crowd of 9,315.

The victory lifts the Hoyas to 14-5 and 4-2 in league play, while DePaul is 12-9 and 3-4: G'Town is now tied for third in the Big East with two other teams, and the loss left the Blue Demons sharing fifth place with three schools.

After being honored for being the 37th Hoya to score 1,000 points before tip-off, Jeff Green (19 points, three rebounds, two assists, two steals) sank a 3-pointer, and several minutes afterward drove hard to the basket for a lay up.

"I was taking what they were giving me. I had a lot of open looks, and my shots went down. I wasn't really trying to force anything," said Green. "They gave me a lot of open lanes and I drove in. And if it wasn't there at the end of my drive, I just passed it to my open teammates."

Thompson agreed, saying, "I think it just happened."

He particularly lauded Green's play in the second half as Jeff "was able to mix up his shots, inside and out."

Despite Green's strong play, the Blue Demons enjoyed a six-point advantage with less than two minutes to play before intermission, primarily due to excellent shooting, led by Draelon Burns (20 points - 11 in the first half, three rebounds, two assists). For the half, DePaul shot 68.4 percent.

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