The Georgetown Hoyas (10-3) walloped the Howard Bison (6-8) with a 102-67 final score. For his double-double efforts, including 7-for-7 from the field, Josh LeBlanc was named the Big East Freshman of the Week. Jessie Govan was named to the Big East Honor Roll with a solid offensive performance.
Josh LeBlanc is BIG EAST Freshman of the Week.— Bobby Bancroft (@BobbyBancroft) December 31, 2018
LeBlanc joins McClung and Akinjo as Hoyas to win the award this season
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#BIGEASThoops Freshman of the Week - @23eraJosh— #BIGEASThoops (@BIGEASTMBB) December 31, 2018
➡️ 22 points and 11 rebounds vs. Howard
➡️ 7-of-7 from the floor
➡️ Tied with XU's Marshall for 2nd in league rebounding average pic.twitter.com/WHPNuQaCKj
LeBlanc emphatically capped a 22-4 run midway through the period with a transition alley-oop assisted by Jahvon Blair. Georgetown maintained a double-digit lead throughout the final nine minutes of first-half play as seven different Hoyas scored. The Hoyas’ second-half effort was even more dominant.
LeBlanc and Govan feasted on the low block with Howard struggling to defend in transition. A layup by Govan with 18:02 to play in the game gave Georgetown its first 20-point lead of the day—a lead which it was never in danger of surrendering. Blair scored all 15 of his points in the period while Johnson provided nine of his 11.
“We can hurt people inside, and we can hurt people outside,” Georgetown Coach Patrick Ewing said. “If we’re going to be one of those elite teams, we’re have to continue with the dual attack.” ...
“Josh, I don’t run any plays for him, not one play, and he still has 22 points and 11 rebounds,” Ewing said. “Jessie played great tonight. . . . He had two subpar games the two previous games, but he came out tonight.”
The Hoyas’ dominance extended through the rest of regulation, and the Blue & Gray finished on top by a 35-point margin, by far their biggest win of the season. Govan finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds, while LeBlanc notched a career-high 22 points with 11 boards. Saturday marked Govan and LeBlanc’s fourth and third double-doubles of the season, respectively. One key to Georgetown’s success was the rebounding battle, which the Hoyas won 54-37. In addition, Georgetown grabbed 12 offensive boards and scored 19 second-chance points to Howard’s nine.
Georgetown would be without Mac McClung (ankle) and Trey Mourning (concussion). “Mac is doing fine. He sprained his ankle. Not sure when he’ll be back. I’m going to leave that to the trainers and the doctors,” said Coach Patrick Ewing.
Georgetown’s senior center Jessie Govan had 23 points and 10 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season, while freshman Josh LeBlanc had 22, a career high, taking down 11 boards for the third double-double of his career. LeBlanc was a perfect 7 for 7 from the field. Howard’s R.J. Cole led all scorers with 28 points. Charles Williams added 24 for the Bison.