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January 6, 2007

No. 17 Notre Dame blasted by Georgetown

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WASHINGTON -Roy Hibbert scored 18 points on 8-for-9 shooting, and Georgetown won its seventh straight game by smothering No. 17 Notre Dame from the opening whistle Saturday in a 66-48 victory.

The Hoyas (11-3, 1-0 Big East) took an 18-2 lead in the opening minutes and never looked back. They shot 57 percent to end a 12-game winning streak by the Fighting Irish (13-2, 1-1), Notre Dame's longest since 1973-74.

For the first 15 minutes, the Hoyas played like a team that deserved to be ranked in the Top 10 - which they were, before losing at home to Old Dominion and Oregon in November. The transition game was working, the 3-pointers were falling, coach John Thompson III's offense was producing its usual share of backdoor layups, and the defense seemed to have a hand in the way of every pass or shot attempt.

Notre Dame tried to make a game of it by cutting a 20-point lead to 11 at halftime, but Georgetown erased any doubts of a comeback by going 5-for-6 from the field to open the second half, including two 3-pointers from Jonathan Wallace.

Then the game turned into the Hibbert show; the 7-foot-2 center had fans on their feet after scoring 10 points on inside moves in a 14-0 run that pushed the lead to 29 points.

Jeff Green added 15 points, and Wallace had 13 for the Hoyas.

Russell Carter scored 12 points to lead the Irish, but he was only 5-for-15 from the field.

For more coverage of Georgetown, visit HoyaReport.com; for more on Notre Dame, visit IrishIllustrated.com.



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