WASHINGTON (AP) _ Brandon Bowman scored 16 points, Roy Hibbert
had 14, and Georgetown's defense throttled the St. John's attack
from the opening whistle Thursday night in a 64-41 victory that ran
the Hoyas' winning streak to seven.
Bowman and Hibbert were a combined 12-for-16 from the field, a
one-two punch that accounted for 30 of Georgetown's first 50 points
as the 15th-ranked Hoyas (17-4, 8-2 Big East) avoided a letdown in
between games against ranked teams Pittsburgh and West Virginia.
Daryl Hill scored seven points, all in one second-half stretch
after the game was well out of reach, to lead the Red Storm
(10-11, 3-7), who shot 33 percent and had as many turnovers as made
field goals (16). St. John's has lost five straight since handing
Pitt its first loss of the season on Jan. 21.
The Hoyas (No. 16 ESPN/USA Today, No. 15 AP) continued to be unpredictable when it comes to picking
their leading contributors on a given night. While Bowman and
Hibbert were prolific, Big East player of the week Jeff Green
didn't make a field goal until his 3-pointer with 8:30 remaining
gave the Hoyas a 31-point lead. Green finished with nine points,
mostly from free throws, and starting guard Ashanti Cook went
0-for-5 from the field.
The Hoyas opened the game with 14-2 run, holding the Red Storm
to 1-for-10 shooting and five turnovers in the first 8½minutes.
Bowman and Hibbert accounted for 12 of the 14 points, with Bowman
capping the run with a steal and breakaway dunk.
Nothing went right for St. John's. Lamont Hamilton scored six
quick points to cut the lead to nine, then promptly picked up his
second foul and sat for the rest of the half. The Red Storm went
7-for-24 from the field and 1-for-6 from the free-throw line in
scoring a season-low 18 first-half points. Hill, averaging a
team-high 12.7 points entering the game, went 0-for-1 and had five
of his team's nine turnovers in the half.
Meanwhile, Darryl Owens hit a pair of 3-pointers to help put the
Hoyas ahead by 18. Anthony Mason Jr.'s 3-pointer for St. John's to
cut the lead to 30-18 at the half.
The second half would have been a rerun of the first, except
that St. John's was even worse. Georgetown opened with an 18-2 run,
and the Red Storm started 1-for-8 from the field with six
The Red Storm had scored only 20 points with 12 minutes to play,
but they avoided an output of historic proportions when Hill had
his seven-point spurt to get the score into the 30s.
The Hoyas didn't let up at the other end. Jonathan Wallace,
Jessie Sapp and Green hit 3-pointers to get the lead into the 30s,
allowing coach John Thompson III to empty his bench early.
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