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One night after Hoyas Center Roy Hibbert had a game he would like to forget with not a a single point on the scorers sheet, he bounced back like championship players are capable of doing with a career night scoring 23 points and pulling down 13 rebounds as the ninth ranked Hoyas moved on to the Big East Championship game for the second straight year.
“Roy is an exceptional player who came back tonight like any really good player will in games of this nature,” said Hoyas Head Coach John Thompson III.
Georgetown played another strong defensive game in the second half and forced the Mountaineers to take errant shots and what was a close game at 51-47 with 11:06 remaining in the game easily got away from the Mountaineers who did not score again the 3:15 remaining in the game.
“They were 15-3 in this league, and this league is the best league in the country,” West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said. “They’re pretty good. … It’s hard for us to match up with a guy like Hibbert.”
Da’Sean Butler led the way the Mountaineers with 16 points and Joe Alexander had 12 points, but it was his 5 for 16 shooting from the field that hurt the Mountaineers late in the game.
Alex Ruloff who had the magic shooting touch for West Virginia in the first half was unable to find his range in the second half finishing just 3 for 7 for three point range
The Hoyas can again contribute a nice round of defense that helped them to another victory tonight. They have a keen way of making the star players go cold when they really need them to. Just ask Joe Alexander who hit one of the Mountaineers only shot during their shooting drought in the second half.
“I wasn’t making shots that I’ve normally been making lately,” Alexander said. “But it was due to stuff they were doing differently, guys from the weak side coming and helping when I was driving, sometimes doubling in the post. They did a great job,”
The Hoyas await a date with either Pittsburgh or Marquette tomorrow night at 9:00pm for the Big East Tournament Championship.
Roy Hibbert Bounced Back With a 23 Point Effort to Lead the Hoyas Back to the Big East Championship for the Second Straight Year Tomorrow