Cincinnati Falls To No. 12 Georgetown

Feb. 23, 2008

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WASHINGTON - John Williamson and Deonta Vaughn led Cincinnati with 13 points apiece, but No. 12 Georgetown went on a 16-4 run early in the second half en route to a 73-53 decision at the Verizon Center.

The Bearcats (13-13, 8-6) were seeking their season-high fourth straight win.

"They're by far the best defensive team we've played all year," Cincinnati Head Coach Mick Cronin said.

"People have been unjustly saying negative things about their team. They're playing in the Big East. They're playing in the deepest conference in the history of college basketball. ... I'm glad we don't play them again."

The Bearcats scored the first four points of the game, but the host Hoyas scored the next 10 and outscored the Bearcats 32-14 to take a 32-18 lead with 2:27 remaining in the first half.

Cincinnati's offense was held down by the Hoyas' swarming defense. Georgetown center Roy Hibbert had four blocks in the first half. The Bearcats missed nine of their first 11 shots from the field.

Roy Hibbert, the Hoyas' leading scorer and rebounder, had 12 points and five blocked shots - one short of his career high - against Cincinnati.

Williamson opened the second half with a layup to bring the Bearcats within five, at 34-29, but the Hoyas went on a game-changing run to put the game out of reach.

Hibbert had 10 of his 12 points in the second half. Jessie Sapp, who led Georgetown with 16 points, also had 10 in the second half. Freshman Austin Freeman added 13 points for the Hoyas, who won their 19th straight home game.

The Hoyas, who entered Saturday holding opponents to 35.7 percent shooting from the field, held Cincinnati to almost exactly that - 36.4 percent.

Vaughn hit three 3-pointers in the final minutes of the half and Jamual Warren's layup with a second to play cut the Hoyas' halftime lead to 34-27. The Bearcats hit six of their final nine field goal attempts in the half.

As a timeout was called with 15:51 remaining, Sapp and Williamson exchanged words and both teams swarmed onto the court. Both players were assessed technical fouls.

Williamson paced UC with seven rebounds.  Marcus Sikes came off the bench to add six caroms and five points.  Reserve freshman Rashad Bishop scored 10 points for Cincinnati in 26 minutes of action.