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(Wednesday, March 10th)
Final Score: (22) Georgetown 69, South Florida 49
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Greg Monroe finished with 16 points and eight rebounds, as No. 22 Georgetown defeated South Florida, 69-49, in the second round of the Big East Tournament.
Jason Clark sank four three-pointers and finished with 16 points, while Chris Wright added 15 for the Hoyas (21-9), who will face top-seeded Syracuse on Thursday.
"I think we're at a good place right now," said Georgetown head coach John Thompson III. "Our team is healthy right now. I think that the guys are extremely focused right now, and so mentally and physically and emotionally I like where we are right now."
Georgetown had lost to USF in the only regular season matchup between the teams on February 3 at home. But the Hoyas limited the Bulls (20-12) to under 30 percent shooting Wednesday to get the win, their second in a row. Georgetown hadn't won two straight since early February.
Dominique Jones ended with 21 points to pace USF but shot just 6-of-18. Augustus Gilchrist added nine points and eight rebounds in the loss.
"I don't think we played as well as we could have today," said South Florida head coach Stan Heath. "We really struggled to find a shot. That happened yesterday. I thought today it really caught up to us. We couldn't hit a perimeter jump shot."
Gilchrist hit a jumper about five minutes into the game for a 6-4 USF lead, but Georgetown followed with a 17-3 run, which Julian Vaughn capped with two free throws for a 21-9 lead with five minutes to play in the half.
The Hoyas went into the break with a 31-19 advantage.
South Florida pulled within six several times early in the second half, including when Gilchrist's dunk had the Bulls down only 37-31. But Georgetown countered with a Hollis Thompson three and Wright jumper to restore a double- digit cushion.
Just past the midway point, Wright drained a three and Austin Freeman followed with a jumper to make it a 53-39 game with eight minutes left, and the Hoyas pulled away from there.
Freeman, in his second game since being diagnosed with diabetes, finished 3- for-12 for eight points and added four assists...Georgetown shot 45.8 percent, including 7-of-14 from three-point range...Georgetown lost both regular season matchups with the Orange...South Florida shot 29.1 percent from the field, including 1-of-10 from three-point range.
03/10 18:55:27 ET