Jan. 26, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) - A 9-1 run to open the second half brought St. John's to within five points, but No. 21/20 Georgetown shot 51.0 percent from the floor to defeat the Red Storm, 77-52, in the nation's capital on Wednesday night.
Justin Burrell led St. John's (11-8, 4-5) with a team-high 12 points and Dwight Hardy added 10, but shot just 4-of-16 on a night in which the Red Storm was held to a season-low 33.9 percent (20-for-59) from the floor. Burrell, averaging 8.3 boards in the past three games, also led the team with eight rebounds.
"I thought clearly Georgetown played with intelligence, aggressiveness and sustained their effort and level of execution for the 40 minutes and thoroughly dominated us in every aspect of play," said head coach Steve Lavin. "I thought in the first eight minutes of the second half, our team showed some grit, some resolve and cut it to six. We had some possessions where it could have been cut even closer, but then Georgetown responded well on another run of their own and closed out the game: kind of salted the victory away in an impressive fashion."
Held to six points in a loss to St. John's earlier this month, Austin Freeman scored 14 points to help lead Georgetown (15-5, 4-4) to its third-straight win. Jason Clark had 16 and Hollis Thompson added 15 points off the bench for the Hoyas, which outrebounded St. John's by a 39-30 margin.
The Red Storm was playing the seventh game of a brutal eight-game stretch against Top 25 opponents, a streak that began on Jan. 3 with a 61-58 win against the Hoyas at Madison Square Garden.
After a Burrell free throw completed a 3-point play to give St. John's a 16-14 lead with 11:42 left in the first half, a pair of Freeman 3-pointers helped the Hoyas build a 28-20 advantage. A quick layup and 3-pointer from Hardy eventually brought the Red Storm to within three points, 30-27, with 5:01 remaining, but Georgetown closed the half on a 10-0 run to take a 40-27 lead into the intermission.
Paris Horne opened the second half with a 3-pointer and the Hoyas missed their first five field goals as the Red Storm used a 9-1 run to cut the deficit to 41-36 with 15:44 remaining in regulation. Georgetown, however, would outscore St. John's 36-16 to close out the game.
Horne finished with seven points and five rebounds, while Justin Brownlee added nine points and five rebounds.
The Red Storm returns to Madison Square Garden on Jan. 30, hosting No. 3/3 Duke for a 1 p.m. game televised on CBS.