|Winston Salem, NC–
Coming into today’s game against the Belmont Bruins, the Hoyas never envisioned that the 15th seed in their bracket would give this team that has played their best basketball in 10 years, but the Hoyas who started the game sluggish never looked back in the second half and send the Bruins packing with a 80-55 victory in Winston Salem.
Jessie Sapp led the way for the Hoyas scoring a career-high 20 points in one of his best defensive efforts in a Hoyas uniform as well.
Jeff Green who was forced to the bench in the first half with foul trouble helped the Hoyas advance with 15 points on a 6 for 9 shooting effort.
Roy Hibbert added 10 points and 13 rebounds for Georgetown, which won for the 16th time in 17 games by snapping Belmont’s seven-game winning streak and dealing the Bruins their second straight lopsided loss in the tournament.
“We let them hit a few three’s to start the game and I told them we need to step up the defensive presence and they knew that if they were going to win this game we needed them( Belmont) to force their shots, said Hoyas Head Coach John Thompson III.
Only two belmont players managed to make it into double figures today. Andrew Preston finished the game with 14 points on a 5 for 8 effort and Justin Hare hit for 10 points on a poor 3 for 11 effort from the field.
The Hoyas face a very good challenge from one time Big East rival Boston College on Saturday as they sent Bobby Knight and Texas Tech home early, 84-75.
Jessie Sapp and the Hoyas Avoided the Early Pressure and Wiped Out the Bruins in the Second Half