Georgetown rebounded from its only loss of the season with back-to-back wins over lesser opponents. A season-high third straight victory likely won’t be quite as easy.
The 18th-ranked Hoyas face their stiffest competition to date Wednesday when they host undefeated Oregon.
Playing as the nation’s eighth-ranked team, Georgetown (4-1) was outscored 48-31 in the second half of a 75-62 defeat Nov. 19 to Old Dominion, dropping the Hoyas out of the Top 10. Since the loss, the Hoyas defeated Fairfield and Ball State, which have a combined 3-11 record.
Georgetown is now hoping to snap the Ducks’ five-game season-opening win streak after ending a different Oregon run in their only previous meeting last season. The Hoyas shot 50 percent from the floor and outrebounded the Ducks 37-20 en route to a 71-57 victory Dec. 3 that snapped Oregon’s 35-game home win streak against non-conference opponents at McArthur Court.
Roy Hibbert recorded 16 points and 10 rebounds in that victory and leads the Hoyas in both categories this season, averaging 13.8 and 6.8, respectively. The junior center has been held to nine points in each of the last two games, but DaJuan Summers has been helping pick up the slack.
The freshman forward scored just seven total points in the first three games of the season, but is averaging 14.5 in the last two, including 12 in Monday’s 69-54 win over Ball State.
“He has a knack for putting the ball in the basket, however, he didn’t have any rebounds, so he’s still getting acclimated to the adjustment. The adjustment from high school to college is tremendous,” said Hoyas coach John Thompson III, who beat his younger brother Ronny, Ball State’s coach. “No matter how talented you are, it’s a big jump. The three of them (Vernon Macklin, Jeremiah Rivers and DaJuan) are going through a growth process.”
Macklin took a step in the right direction Monday with a season-high 10 points while junior forward Jeff Green scored a team-high 14 points for the Hoyas, who are shooting 50 percent from the floor overall.
Georgetown is hosting the Ducks (5-0) before traveling to face No. 11 Duke on Saturday. Oregon has been idle since a 79-73 overtime win Nov. 20 over Rice.
The Ducks trailed by 65-57 with 56 seconds remaining, but rallied to force overtime on a 3-pointer by Aaron Brooks that tied the game at 66. Oregon gave up the first basket in the extra session before going on a 7-0 run.
Brooks scored a season-high 30 points on 10 of 16 shooting while Maarty Leunen and Bryce Taylor both had double-doubles. Freshman guard Tajuan Porter, who had 15 points in the win, is leading five Ducks in double figures this season with 24.0 points per game.
Oregon is hoping to have last season’s leading scorer, Malik Hairston, on the court for the first time in 2006-07 Wednesday after he missed the first five games with a groin injury. Hairston averaged 15.0 points and shot 37.9 percent from 3-point range.
The Ducks are trying to go 6-0 for the first time since 2002-03. They beat the last Top 25 team they faced with an 84-73 win over then-No. 12 Washington in the quarterfinals of the Pacific 10 Tournament last season, but the Ducks also have a seven-game road losing streak against ranked opponents since a 67-65 win at then-No. 19 USC on Feb. 28, 2002.