Monroe Leads Hoyas

By Mackenzie Kraemer-Palestra.net New York, NY- Against an undersized Marquette team, Greg Monroe sensed that he had the chance to dominate and that he did. Georgetown’s star sophomore center had 23 points, 14 rebounds, 7 assists, and 2 blocks to lead the Hoyas to a surprisingly easy 80-57 victory over the Marquette Golden Eagles. Marquette cut the lead to 1 at 48-47 with 13:34 left, but Georgetown went on a 31-9 run to finish the game, with Monroe’s fantastic all-around play being the spark. “We all know Greg is a phenomenal player,” said guard Chris Wright, who helped spark that run. “It’s not that he just started doing this in the Big East Tournament. We know he’s a great player. We know he can pass, he can score.” “We were just able to slowly and methodically as the second half went on, to pull away from them,” said Coach John Thompson III. “I think our attention to detail at the defensive end was very, very good.” Georgetown continued its hot shooting with their second straight game shooting over 50%. They also outrebounded the smaller Golden Eagles 44-24 as Marquette suffered their first double digit loss of the season. “We had control of the game as a team,” said Greg Monroe, referring to a two-minute stretch where he had a drive, a dunk, a three pointer, an assist, and a block. “I was just trying to make winning plays to close out the game.” Georgetown advances to the Big East final where they will seek their 8th Big East title in their 13th appearance. They will face the winner of West Virginia and Notre Dame on Saturday night at 9:00.