February 25, 2007

Green pivotal in record impacting grudge match

Feb. 25, 2007 - Going into yesterday's battle of then Big East leader Pittsburgh (24-5, 11-3) and runner up Georgetown (21-5 12-2), everyone of the season-record 20,038 fans in attendance at Washington, D.C.'s Verizon center expected to see a slugfest with the winner becoming the league leader.

The teams didn't disappoint with the Hoyas prevailing in a slugfest 61-53, leaving them solely in first place and in pole position for the regular season crown with two games before the conference tournament.

A subplot known to the Hoya Nation was the chance to establish a school-record for consecutive Big East victories with 11. The 1984-1985 team won 10 Big East games in a row. The 1994-1995 team won 11 in a row, including non-conference games.

Junior Jeff Green (14 points 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals), afterward admitted that while he knew the team was on a roll, "it feels good to beat them because they were No. 1 in the Big East."

Approaching the school's consecutive victory mark was a non-factor.

"I just want to win," he said. "I'm not concerned with how many wins in a row. I don't focus on records, I just want to win games."

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