WASHINGTON (AP)—Georgetown got a rare breather in its long rivalry against St. John’s, handing the Red Storm the worst defeat in the series in 24 years.
And what a rout it was. St. John’s had as many turnovers as made field goals (16) and had only 20 points on the scoreboard with 11 1/2 minutes left in the game. The 15th-ranked Hoyas dominated from the start Thursday night in a 64-41 victory that ran the Hoyas’ winning streak to seven.
“At the end of the day, we want to have more points,” Georgetown coach John Thompson III said. “We don’t total them up at the end of the year and see how many you’re over, but it was a very good win. We had a good night. They had a bad night.”
Brandon Bowman scored 16 points, and Roy Hibbert had 14. They were a combined 12-for-16 from the field, a one-two punch that accounted for 30 of Georgetown’s first 50 points as the Hoyas (17-4, 8-2 Big East) avoided a letdown in between games against ranked teams Pittsburgh and West Virginia.
“I thought our defense was very, very good. Our guys did a good job of covering for each other,” Thompson said. “This may have been one of Roy’s best games, when you look at his overall presence. He went and got rebounds out of his area. Regardless of the numbers—he’s scored more points, he’s had more rebounds—but I think this is one of the best games he’s played.”
Daryl Hill scored seven points—all in one second-half stretch after the game was well out of reach—to lead the Red Storm (10-11, 3-7), who have lost five straight since handing Pitt its first loss of the season on Jan. 21.
It was the biggest victory in 97 years of St. John’s-Georgetown games since a 72-42 Hoyas victory in the 1981-82 season. It was also the fewest points the Hoyas have allowed in a Big East game since a 59-38 win over Providence in 1983-84.
“We’re young, and we let too many things bother us too quick as a team,” coach Norm Roberts said. “And that’s when leadership comes in, and we didn’t do a good job of leadership tonight. We’ll regroup and come back.”
The Hoyas continued to be unpredictable when it comes to picking their leading contributors on a given night. While Bowman and Hibbert were prolific, Big East player of the week Jeff Green didn’t make a field goal until his 3-pointer with 8:30 remaining gave the Hoyas a 31-point lead. Green finished with nine points, mostly from free throws, and starting guard Ashanti Cook went 0-for-5 from the field.
The Hoyas opened the game with 14-2 run, holding the Red Storm to 1-for-10 shooting and five turnovers in the first 8 1/2 minutes. Bowman and Hibbert accounted for 12 of the 14 points, with Bowman capping the run with a steal and breakaway dunk.
Nothing went right for St. John’s: Lamont Hamilton scored six quick points to cut the lead to nine, then promptly picked up his second foul and sat for the rest of the half. The Red Storm went 7-for-24 from the field and 1-for-6 from the free-throw line in scoring a season-low 18 first-half points. Hill, averaging a team-high 12.7 points entering the game, went 0-for-1 and had five of his team’s nine turnovers in the half.
Meanwhile, Darryl Owens hit a pair of 3-pointers to help put the Hoyas ahead by 18. Anthony Mason Jr.’s 3-pointer for St. John’s to cut the lead to 30-18 at the half.
The second half would have been a rerun of the first, except that St. John’s was even worse. Georgetown opened with an 18-2 run, and the Red Storm started 1-for-8 from the field with six turnovers.
“We’ve just got to tough it out, understand that we stunk tonight,” Robert said. “We’ve got to realize that we’ve got to play better, we’ve got to play harder, we’ve got to play smarter.”