Georgetown-Jacksonville: Hoyas Hold Off Dolphins

Ryan BrennanSenior Analyst INovember 17, 2008

The Georgetown Hoyas never trailed as they hosted the Jacksonville Dolphins to start the 2008-2009 season, defeating them 71-62 at the Verizon Center.

The Hoyas kicked the game off with two quick baskets from freshman center Greg Monroe and junior forward DaJuan Summers, and held the Dolphins scoreless for four minutes and without a field goal until more than six minutes had elapsed.

Sophomore guard Chris Wright led the Hoyas with 16 points, six rebounds, and four assists. Monroe added 14 points, eight rebounds, and three blocks, and Summers and Jessie Sapp each added 13.

Ben Smith led the Dolphins and all scorers with 17 points, but only managed to grab two points in the second half.

In the first half, the Dolphins were held to 9-33 from the field and a dismal 1-11 from beyond the arc. For the game, they improved their shooting percentage from 27.3 percent to 34.8 percent, but still only hit three out of 23 point attempts.

The Dolphins had two big runs during the game, making it a one-point game with 9:07 left in the first half after their initial six-minute drought. They later cut the Hoyas' lead to six points after being down by as much as 16. Both of these outbursts from the Dolphins were met by equal runs by the Hoyas.

The Dolphins proved for the second time that they are capable of a big second half comeback, but for the second time it was not enough.

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The Hoyas struggled from the free throw line in the first half, hitting only five of 11 attempts, but hit free throws when the pressure was on as they were being intentionally fouled with four minutes to go in the second half. They wound up improving to 24 for 33.

Monroe proved that he could fill the void left by Roy Hibbert, and Wright and Sapp handled the ball beautifully at the top of the key. The biggest problem for the Hoyas was shots beyond the arc, hitting only five of 23 attempted.

The Hoyas' win streak at home has now extended to 23 games, and they will look to keep it alive as they host Drexel next Saturday.

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