Georgetown 62 Boston College 55

Size matters for Hoyas

Eagles can't stop Georgetown's Hibbert inside

East Regional

March 18, 2007|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,Sun reporter

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Roy Hibbert had little going for him beyond his willingness to learn and being 7 feet 2 when he entered Georgetown.

Hibbert is a project no more.

The junior center got 15 of his 17 points and 10 of his 12 rebounds in the second half last night, when the Hoyas rallied to beat Boston College, 62-55, in an East Regional second-round game.

No. 2 seed Georgetown won for the 17th time in 18 games to move to the Sweet 16 Friday in East Rutherford, N.J., against No. 6 seed Vanderbilt.

The Hoyas (28-6) lost to Florida in that round a year ago, when Hibbert was still learning his footwork and the game under coach John Thompson III. He'll never be a ballet dancer, but his progress has been remarkable.

Hibbert had no first-half baskets in two games at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum, but came alive after the break for the second time in three days, as he scored Georgetown's first six points.

The Hoyas went ahead to stay on Patrick Ewing Jr.'s three-pointer from the right corner with 9:07 left. They clinched it by demonstrating some exquisite hang time, as Hibbert elevated in a crowd and lobbed a pass to Ewing, whose reverse dunk and three-point play made it 61-55 with 42 seconds left.

"You can definitely tell that he's putting in time at the gym," Boston College's Jared Dudley said of Hibbert. "Anyone that tall should be doing that. He's waited his turn, and now he's performing."

The game matched the Players of the Year from the Atlantic Coast Conference, Dudley, and the Big East, Jeff Green.

Dudley had 19 points, and sophomore guard Tyrese Rice had a game high 22 for No. 7 seed Boston College (21-12).

Like Hibbert, Green was a slow starter, but he hit the offensive board for all three of his second-half baskets, including a flying dunk and a big three-point play, the latter with 1:26 remaining. He finished with 11 points.

Georgetown had 14 second-chance points after the halftime, when Hibbert, who averages 26 minutes a game, never came out.

"There were two minutes and change left in the first half, and he's sitting on the bench," Thompson said. "We had a long conversation. I said, `Relax, big fella, we're gonna come to you.' That's the first time I've had that discussion with him. He's an unselfish kid. We needed him to be more assertive."

BOSTON COL.--Dudley 8-14 2-3 19, Roche 0-1 0-0 0, Oates 0-3 0-0 0, Rice 7-14 4-4 22, Marshall 4-15 0-0 9, Haynes 0-2 0-2 0, Blair 2-6 1-2 5. Totals 21-55 7-11 55. GEORGETOWN--Summers 2-8 0-0 5, Green 4-12 3-3 11, Hibbert 6-12 5-7 17, Wallace 5-7 3-6 15, Sapp 3-10 2-2 8, Rivers 0-0 0-0 0, Crawford 0-0 0-0 0, Ewing Jr. 2-3 1-1 6. Totals 22-52 14-19 62. Half--BC, 30-26. 3-point goals--BC 6-21 (Rice 4-9, Dudley 1-2, Marshall 1-5, Roche 0-1, Oates 0-2, Haynes 0-2), Georgetown 4-16 (Wallace 2-3, Ewing Jr. 1-2, Summers 1-6, Green 0-2, Sapp 0-3). Rebounds--BC 33 (Blair, Dudley 8), Georgetown 38 (Green, Hibbert 12). Assists--BC 9 (Rice 3), Georgetown 12 (Ewing Jr., Sapp 3). Total fouls--BC 17, Georgetown 14. A--14,148.

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