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(Wednesday, February 3rd)
Final Score: South Florida 72, (7) Georgetown 64
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Dominique Jones continued to carry South Florida on his back with 29 points, as the Bulls knocked off a second ranked team in as many games with a 72-64 win against No. 7 Georgetown at the Verizon Center.
Jones added eight rebounds and netted 22 of his points in the second half, where South Florida outscored Georgetown 46-29 en route to the win, which assured the Bulls their best ever finish in league play.
Mike Mercer chipped in 12 points and six rebounds for the surging Bulls (15-7, 5-5 Big East), who are riding an impressive four-game win streak -- the program's longest such stretch against Big East competition since joining the conference in 2005.
"I'll be brutally honest. I'm really amazed at our team. This is the best win in our school history of basketball against an outstanding team like Georgetown," said South Florida head coach Stan Heath. "We never won a game like this on the road, and our confidence has been growing...this one is a huge jump on the radar screen."
USF knocked off Providence and Seton Hall in overtime before defeating nationally-ranked Pittsburgh, 70-61, on Sunday. Jones has been instrumental in each win, dropping 37 points on Pitt, while scoring 28 and a whopping 46 points against Seton Hall and Providence, respectively.
Austin Freeman and Greg Monroe scored 21 points apiece in the loss. Monroe also grabbed eight rebounds and blocked three shots but fouled out with 2:52 left in a two-point game.
Chris Wright checked in with eight points and five assists for the Hoyas (16-5, 6-4), who had won three of four and were coming off a resounding 89-77 thumping of fellow top-10 competitor Duke on Saturday.
"I don't know that anything changed in the second half. I don't want anything that comes out of here to make it seem like all the credit in the world doesn't go to USF. They came here, they stay focused. They went through a first half where Jones, we kept him quiet, but eventually he got loose," said Georgetown coach John Thompson III.
USF trailed by nine at halftime, but quickly had the lead down to a single possession following Jones' three-point play near the 13-minute mark.
The Bulls continued to surge and the play became part of a 24-5 run that found its roots in the opening minutes of the half. The Hoyas got a single field goal from Monroe over the stretch, spanning more than 10 minutes, as a Mercer layup with eight minutes remaining had the visitors up 52-44.
It was South Florida which would play front-runner from there. Freeman sparked a 7-1 Hoyas burst a short time later, with Monroe's free throw slicing the deficit to 57-55 with 3 1/2 minutes to play.
Jones and Mercer hit layups around a single Freeman free throw to gain a 62-56 advantage with less than two minutes to go, and Mercer drove the lane for two more with 1:21 on the clock to push the margin to eight.
Georgetown had chances to make a game of it, but missed on three straight shots and Julian Vaughn missed a pair of free throws before Freeman finally struck for a three with 40 seconds remaining for a five-point game.
Chris Howard hit two at the line for the Bulls and Jones did the same following a Wright basket to maintain a 68-61 lead with 22 ticks left.
Freeman then buried a desperation three, but it was too late, as Jones was perfect at the stripe once more and Mercer coasted for an emphatic reverse jam to put an exclamation point on the big road win.
Georgetown put together two nice runs in the first half to lead almost from the outset. The Hoyas built up a 13-point advantage, 35-22, on a Monroe jumper with two minutes left before settling on a 35-26 halftime lead.
The Hoyas own a 5-3 series edge over the Bulls, which includes a 65-40 romp over USF last season...Georgetown is now 10-2 at home, while USF moved to 3-3 in true road tilts...Of the five losses suffered by Georgetown this season, three have come by five or fewer points...The Hoyas sank only half (11-of-22) its free throw attempts...USF was 19-of-31 at the line...The Bulls secured a win against the highest-ranked opponent ever. Their previous best was a 57-56 win over No. 8 Marquette February 6, 2009...
02/03 23:31:46 ET