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Notre Dame 65, (6) Georgetown 84

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ND (13-4) 25 40 65
GU (14-2) 38 46 84


12:00 PM ET, January 19, 2008
Verizon Center
Washington, DC

Georgetown defense stifles Irish shooting in win

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Georgetown guard Jonathan Wallace, center, knocks over Notre Dame guard Tory Jackson, left, during the second half of a basketball game Saturday, Jan. 19, 2008, in Washington. At right is Notre Dame guard Ryan Ayers. Georgetown won 84-65. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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Team Stat Comparison
Points 65 84
FG Made-Attempted 20-61 (.328) 28-53 (.528)
3P Made-Attempted 7-25 (.280) 8-20 (.400)
FT Made-Attempted 18-22 (.818) 20-29 (.690)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (1/0) 20 (0/0)
Largest Lead 2 24
Game Leaders
PointsL. Harangody 13R. Hibbert 21
ReboundsL. Harangody 8D. Summers 11
AssistsT. Jackson 3J. Sapp 6
StealsK. McAlarney 2J. Sapp 3
BlocksL. Harangody 1D. Summers 2
 · Team Stats: Notre Dame | Georgetown
Game Flow
2007-08 Season
· Jan 19, 2008 @GU 84, ND 65Recap | Box Score
Next 5 Games
01/26 @VILL 12:00pm
01/31 PROV 7:00pm
02/02 DEP 6:00pm
02/06 @HALL 7:30pm
02/09 MARQ 12:00pm
01/21 SYR 7:00pm
01/26 @WVU 7:00pm
01/30 @SJU 7:00pm
02/02 HALL 12:00pm
02/05 SFLA 7:30pm
 · Complete Schedule: Notre Dame | Georgetown
Big East Conference Standings
#6 Georgetown5-115-2
#16 Pittsburgh3-215-3
West Virginia4-214-4
#21 Villanova3-213-3
Notre Dame3-213-4
#13 Marquette3-313-4
Seton Hall2-312-6
South Florida1-510-9
St. John's1-47-9
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- There was 7-foot-2 Roy Hibbert diving to the floor for a loose ball. And there he was drawing a charge. And, yes, there was the preseason All-American waving his hands wildly, demanding a pass before deftly dishing off to a teammate.

The total package Hibbert is becoming was on full display Saturday, when he provided 21 points and five assists along with some punishing defense to help Georgetown (No. 6 ESPN/USA Today, No. 5 AP) beat Notre Dame 84-65 while holding the Irish to 32.8 percent shooting.

"He's probably gotten to be a more cruel competitor, and I mean that as a compliment," Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said. "He's gotten crueler at going for the jugular when he's got somebody down. He's a very talented player -- and I'm glad he's a senior."

It seems safe to say Brey isn't the only one looking forward to the center's departure for the NBA.

Hibbert put off the possibility of millions of dollars to return to the Hoyas, and he's showing more and more layers to his game this season. That includes a late 3-pointer to beat Connecticut last weekend and a pretty, no-look pass Saturday.

Georgetown's loud home crowd tried to get the big guy to toss up another 3 against the Irish, but he stuck to his post game this time.

"I think Roy was aggressive. I think Roy was assertive," coach John Thompson III said. "He does a pretty good job of understanding when it's my turn and when I should help my teammates."

With Hibbert drawing plenty of attention, DaJuan Summers added 17 points and a career-high 11 rebounds, and freshman Austin Freeman scored 16 points for the Hoyas (14-2, 4-1 Big East).

At the other end, Hibbert helped shut down Notre Dame's top scorer, Luke Harangody, and limit the Irish to their second-lowest point total of the season.

"Georgetown is a tough team, we're going to be known as a tough team, and I have to be at the forefront of that," Hibbert said. "I'm just going to have to do whatever I can to do that every day defensively."

The 6-8 Harangody came in averaging 24.3 points and 11.8 rebounds in conference play, but he got into foul trouble trying to guard Hibbert and was limited to a team-high 13 points on 3-for-13 shooting.

Notre Dame (13-4, 3-2) entered Saturday scoring 79.4 points per game, with a low of 64 in 2007-08. The Irish put up 64 points in the second half alone of their previous outing, a conference victory over Cincinnati.

But the Hoyas pride themselves on their D, coming in holding opponents to 35.8 percent shooting (second in the country) and 56.7 points (tied for sixth).

They limited Notre Dame to 20-for-61 shooting for the game, including a 1-for-10 stretch at the start of the second half.

"They play great defense. With Hibbert down low, it's hard to get in the lane. You're always worrying about him," said Kyle McAlarney, Notre Dame's second-leading scorer, who was held to 10 points on 4-for-15 shooting. "Both defensively and offensively, we had our hands full today."

Georgetown's first 24 points were either scored in the paint or at the foul line, and Hibbert had 13 of those.

"The difference from last year," Harangody said, "is him wanting the ball more, calling for it more in the post."

He went to the sideline with four fouls after getting called for charging into Hibbert with about 12 minutes left, and Brey went on the court to argue, drawing a technical. Harangody eventually went back in and fouled out with 1:50 left.

Hibbert took over after Notre Dame made things interesting briefly by going up 17-16 with 9:51 left in the first half on Jonathan Peoples' 3-pointer.

From there, Hibbert scored the game's next six points to start a 15-0 Georgetown run during which Notre Dame -- which had won 11 of its previous 12 games -- went nearly 7 minutes without a field goal.

"Eventually," Brey said of Hibbert, "he wears you down."

Men's Basketball Scores

Other Scores:

Saturday, January 19th
Maryland 82 Final
1 North Carolina 80
Southern Miss 47 Final
2 Memphis 83
3 Kansas 76 Final
Missouri 70
USC 72 Final
4 UCLA 63
23 Clemson 80 Final
5 Duke 93
Notre Dame 65 Final
6 Georgetown 84
Ohio State 69 Final
7 Tennessee 74
9 Texas A&M 54 Final
Kansas State 75
12 Butler 78 Final
Youngstown State 69
LSU 76 Final
14 Vanderbilt 92
15 Mississippi 77 Final
Auburn 80
16 Pittsburgh 59 Final
Cincinnati 62
Northwestern 50 Final
17 Wisconsin 62
Colorado 67 Final
19 Texas 69
20 Xavier 74 Final
George Washington 66
21 Villanova 81 Final
Syracuse 71
24 Miami (FL) 77 Final
NC State 79 OT
25 Arizona State 52 Final
Stanford 67