Georgetown will try for its seventh straight win at home when it meets Cincinnati on Saturday at the MCI Center—where its busy week began.
Georgetown’s most recent victory at home was an 87-84 upset of then-No. 1 Duke last Saturday. That win earned the Hoyas (13-4, 4-2 Big East) the 21st spot in the Top 25, their first ranking since the 2001-02 season.
They then followed that victory with an 85-82 double-overtime win at Notre Dame on Tuesday. The Hoyas hadn’t beaten the Irish in South Bend since Jan. 21, 2002.
“To come away with a double-overtime win on the road in a place we had not won in quite some time—regardless of what happened Saturday—was extremely important,” Hoyas coach John Thompson III said. “It was a very, very good win for our team.”
The Hoyas let a 15-point first-half lead slip away and survived a foul that allowed Notre Dame to complete a four-point play and force overtime. Darrel Owens drained a 3-pointer and Roy Hibbert scored inside in the second extra session to preserve Georgetown’s first double-overtime win since a 102-98 victory over Seton Hall on March 5, 1988.
“I don’t want to use a boxing analogy, but it was a heavyweight fight,” said Thompson, who earned his 100th career victory. “We made a run, they come back at us and it goes back and forth, back and forth.”
Georgetown scored 80 or more points in back-to-back games for the first time this season, and had five players in double figures for the second straight contest.
Hibbert led Georgetown with 18 points and 13 rebounds for his fifth double-double while Owens also had 18 points for the Hoyas, who lead the Big East with 49 percent shooting from the field. Ashanti Cook added 16 points, Jeff Green had 12 and Jonathan Wallace scored 10.
Hibbert and Brandon Bowman lead Georgetown’s balanced scoring attack with 11.7 points per game, while Cook (10.6), Green (10.4) and Owens (10.1) also average double digits.
While the Hoyas’ season has taken a turn for the better, Cincinnati’s keeps getting worse.
The frustrated Bearcats (14-6, 3-3) lost 67-50 to No. 22 Louisville on Wednesday for their fourth defeat in five games.
Cincinnati recorded season-lows in points, field-goal percentage (30.0), free-throw percentage (53.0) and had a season-high 25 turnovers.
“We didn’t do nothing,” said senior forward Eric Hicks, who led the Bearcats with 15 points and a career-high 17 rebounds. “I didn’t think we’d come out and play like this. We got smacked. … We don’t have depth. It’s just a bad situation. We all need to play hard. I don’t know why we need to play this way.”
Besides Hicks, the rest of the Bearcats’ starting lineup combined for just 16 points. Senior guard Jihan Muhammad had 12 off the bench.
The Hoyas haven’t won seven straight at home since an eight-game run in 2003-04.
This will be the first meeting between Georgetown and Cincinnati, in its first year in the Big East.