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February 22, 2006

Georgetown knocks off Rutgers

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WASHINGTON - Roy Hibbert scored a career-high 25 points and No. 23 Georgetown snapped a three-game losing streak with a 66-50 victory over Rutgers on Wednesday night.

The Hoyas (18-7, 9-5 Big East) had lost to then-No. 9 West Virginia, Marquette and then-No. 4 Villanova.

A loss to Rutgers (15-12, 5-9) would have put the Hoyas in position to match last year's five-game losing streak at the end of the season which derailed any chances they had of making the NCAA tournament.

Instead, Georgetown consistently went inside to the 7-foot-2 Hibbert, who was 10-for-13 from the field.

Quincy Douby, the Big East's leading scorer, had 29 points on 9-for-20 shooting to lead the Scarlet Knights, who were held to their second-lowest point total of the season and shot just 31 percent.

Marquis Webb was the next highest scorer for Rutgers with six points.

Georgetown opened a 34-20 halftime lead as Hibbert and Jeff Green, with nine points, combined for 20 in the first half.

Darrel Owens scored 11 points for Georgetown and Jonathan Wallace added 10.

A 3-pointer by Douby with 4:32 left brought the Scarlet Knights within 53-42, but they never got any closer.

Douby was the only Rutgers player to score during a stretch that covered the final 1:08 of the first half and the opening 7 minutes of the second.

The loss dropped Rutgers into a tie for 12th place in the Big East with St. John's. The last four teams in the 16-school league don't qualify for the conference tournament.

For more coverage of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, check out ScarletNation.com.
For more coverage of the Georgetown Hoyas, check out HoyaReport.com.

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