Cincinnati 57

(14-7, 3-4 Big East)

(21) Georgetown 76

(14-4, 5-2 Big East)

12:00 PM ET, January 28, 2006

Verizon Center, Washington, District of Columbia

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CIN 20 3757
#21GTWN 36 4076

Top Performers

Cincinnati: J. White 22 Pts, 3 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

Georgetown: J. Green 20 Pts, 7 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Blk

Green leads Georgetown's early push en route to victory 

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Georgetown (unranked by ESPN/USA Today, No. 21 AP) rotates its leading scorers as well as the Hoyas rotate the ball in the Princeton offense.

On Saturday, it was Jeff Green's turn.

Last year's Big East co-rookie of the year, whose scoring output has yo-yoed for much of the season, had 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists in Georgetown's 76-57 victory over Cincinnati.

"A lot of people who don't really understand the game equate playing well with scoring points," Hoyas coach John Thompson III said. "And Jeff Green has played well all year for us. Some games he's scored, others he hasn't, but he has played well all year."

Back home for the first time since their upset over then-No. 1 Duke, the Hoyas (14-4, 5-2 Big East) pulled away early and held the Bearcats to 35 percent shooting to win their fourth straight. Brandon Bowman scored 12 points, and Jonathan Wallace added 10 in another balanced effort that included 22 assists on 30 baskets.

"The Princeton offense was in full effect today," Cincinnati coach Andy Kennedy said of the patient style that usually results in a high-percentage shot.

The Hoyas vaulted into the national rankings after beating the Blue Devils last Saturday, then survived a double-overtime thriller at Notre Dame on Tuesday. The win over Cincinnati was much more comfortable: The Hoyas trailed only twice, at 2-0 and 4-3, and notched their biggest margin of victory in a Big East game in nearly four years.

Green went 8-for-19 from the field and lately he has been hitting the jump shots that weren't falling earlier in the season. The versatile Hoyas haven't needed his shooting touch every game -- they haven't had the same player lead the team in scoring in consecutive games since late December.

"I was just patient," Green said. "My father and Coach Thompson were always telling me that my shot would fall, just keep shooting, and now my shot's starting to fall."

James White scored 22 points to lead Cincinnati (14-7, 3-4), which has lost five of six and is feeling the effects of a thin bench, especially since senior forward Armein Kirkland was lost for the season with a knee injury on Jan. 9.

The Bearcats were 4-of-24 from 3-point range and nearly set season lows in points and field goal percentage for the second straight game, performing only slightly better than the 50-point, 30 percent effort in Wednesday's 17-point loss to Louisville. The starting backcourt of Devan Downey and Jihad Muhammad went 1-for-15 from the field, and Downey, a freshman, failed to score for the first time in his collegiate career.

"We've lost a little bit of our edge," Kennedy said. "I think we're tentative. It seems as if we're not as confident as a group. In a league like the Big East, against an opponent like Georgetown on the road, you certainly can't expect to back your way into any success. You have to go out and be aggressive, you have to be assertive, and you have to continue to find a way.

"We were exposed by a better team, and we didn't fight the way that I would have hoped we would, and really the way we have up until this past week. I'm hopeful we can find some answers, because the games keep coming."

Georgetown is the only Big East school with five players averaging in double figures, and the share-the-wealth style was evident from the opening tip. All five starters scored a basket each to get the Hoyas off to an 11-4 lead, a run that extended to 28-11 after Darrel Owens and Green hit consecutive 3-pointers.

The lead was 36-20 at halftime, and there was more of the same after the break. The first six Hoyas baskets were scored by six different players. Bowman flipped a blind reverse layup over his shoulder to push the lead to 20.

White tried to keep the Bearcats competitive -- he scored 10 of Cincinnati's first 13 points to start the second half -- but Georgetown answered each time. A 3-pointer from Jessie Sapp with 10:10 to play put the Hoyas ahead 62-35, their biggest lead of the game.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

Points 57 76
FG Made-Attempted 21-60 (.350) 30-58 (.517)
3P Made-Attempted 4-24 (.167) 10-21 (.476)
FT Made-Attempted 11-14 (.786) 6-7 (.857)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 13 (0/0) 14 (0/0)
Largest Lead 2 27

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