West Virginia stalls No. 9 Georgetown
Bryant scores 25 points and Jones add 22 for the Mountaineers
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Truck Bryant scored 25 points and West Virginia ended No. 9 Georgetown's 11-game winning streak with a 74-62 victory on Saturday.
Kevin Jones added 22 points and 16 rebounds for his 11th double-double of the season for the Mountaineers (12-4, 3-1 Big East).
Georgetown came back from 17 points down to beat No. 20 Marquette on Wednesday night but couldn't overtime a double-digit deficit against the Mountaineers, who shot 50 percent (24 of 48) from the floor and beat the Hoyas for the fifth consecutive time.
|BRYANT'S SCORING FRENZY|
|Jan. 7||vs. Georgetown||25 points|
|Jan. 4||vs. Rutgers||29 points|
|Dec. 30||vs. Seton Hall||11 points|
|Dec. 28||vs. Villanova||34 points|
Hollis Thompson led Georgetown (13-2, 3-1) with 20 points. Jason Clark, who had 26 points in the Marquette win, was limited to 10 on Saturday.
The Mountaineers limited Georgetown's back-door cuts near the basket and forced the Hoyas into taking outside shots. West Virginia held a 37-31 rebounding edge and never trailed in the second half, using a flurry of free throws in the final 2 minutes to put the game out of reach.
Georgetown has been relying on freshmen for scoring help this season but the Hoyas didn't get their first points from off the bench against West Virginia until Jabril Trawick made two free throws with 8 minutes left.
Bryant is arguably playing the best basketball of his career, at least from a scoring viewpoint. The senior has reached 25 points in three of his last four games.
Jones and Bryant combined for 21 of West Virginia's 29 first-half points, but some of the Mountaineers' seven freshmen came alive down the stretch. Reserve freshman Gary Browne scored 10 of his 12 points after halftime.
Jones' layup broke a 31-31 tie 3 minutes into the second half to give the Mountaineers the lead for good.
Bryant had 19 points after halftime, including two free throws to give West Virginia its largest lead at 62-49 with 4:36 remaining.
Georgetown turned up the defensive pressure and scored nine consecutive points, capped by Otto Porter's layup following a turnover that trimmed the Hoyas' deficit to 62-58 with 2:26 left.
Georgetown managed just one field goal the rest of the game. West Virginia, ranked second-worst in the league in free-throw shooting, hit 10 in a row in the final two minutes to finish off the Hoyas.
Jones got blood on his jersey and switched from No. 5 to No. 42 midway through the first half, when he scored eight consecutive for the Mountaineers. West Virginia led 29-27 at halftime.