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November 28, 2007

No. 5 Georgetown pulls away from Old Dominion

NORFOLK, Va. — Roy Hibbert and No. 5 Georgetown got all they could handle from Old Dominion and jazzed up Gerald Lee on Wednesday night before pulling away to a 66-48 victory.

The Hoyas (4-0) got four points each from Jonathan Wallace and Patrick Ewing Jr. and three from Hibbert in an 11-1 run to start the second half, opening a 41-24 lead with 16 minutes to play and diffusing the excitement that lasted through the first half.

Lee, a 6-foot-9 sophomore, was the major reason for it, outplaying the 7-2 Hibbert for the first 20 minutes. He had 16 points and eight rebounds, seven offensive, by halftime and three times he scored on putbacks to keep the game close.

Lee didn't score again until 14:34 remained, converting a putback to make it 41-29, but by then the Hoyas were dictating the tempo and the Monarchs' second straight victory in the series seemed unlikely. Last year, ODU won 75-62 at Georgetown.

Hibbert, who drew his fourth foul with 5:32 to play, finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Hoyas. Austin Freeman added 11 points and Ewing had nine.

Lee finished with 24 points and 12 rebounds, both career highs.

The Hoyas led 30-23 at halftime, but needed all 20 minutes to figure out how to slow down Lee. Clearly fired up by the chance to go against a preseason All-American, he was everywhere in the first half, and the team and crowd were into it as well.

The sellout crowd went especially nuts when 6-6 Jonathan Adams snuck behind the Hoyas defense for a backdoor alley-oop dunk, the pass going right over Hibbert's hands.

The Monarchs were playing a top 10 team for the third consecutive game, having lost 99-82 to No. 1 North Carolina and 64-53 to then-No. 6 Louisville, both in the Las Vegas Invitational last week. The Cardinals dropped to No. 12 in this week's rankings.

Lee scored a career-best 20 points in the loss to Louisville.

For more coverage of Georgetown, visit HoyaReport.com.

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