Georgetown went into the Oakland Zoo and came out victorious, beating Pitt 74-66 in a classic Big East battle. Chris Wright led the Hoyas with 27 points on 11-17 shooting. With Austin Freeman in foul trouble and Greg Monroe having an off night, Wright carried the Hoyas with tremendous outside shooting and strong drives to the rim. We at Casual Hoya firmly believe Georgetown will only go far in the tournament if Chris Wright plays efficient basketball. This year the Hoyas are 13-0 when Wright scores in double figures and 1-3 when he doesn't.
Though Freeman and Monroe had off nights, they each ended up with 13 points and Monroe added 11 rebounds. Julian Vaughn chipped in 11 points and 6 assists, while Jason Clark had 7 points and played solid defense as usual.
Georgetown's one weakness has been its bench play, which was nonexistent again tonight. Jerrelle Benimon had 3 points and 5 rebounds, while Hollis Thompson has been useless the last two games, shooting a combined 0-9 with 0 points.
But let's not harp on that. Georgetown had a tremendous win tonight, pushing its record to 14-3 (5-2). In the most shocking statistic of the night, the Hoyas outrebounded Pittsburgh, which hasn't happened since the 1930s or so.
Rutgers is next up for the Hoyas, then comes a trip to the Carrier Dome and the Dukies at home. Here we go.
More to come tomorrow.