April 2, 2007

Hoyas bow out 67-60 to OSU

April 2, 2007 - Saturday's NCAA Tournament Final Four match up ended wrongly for Georgetown, given their 67-60 loss to Ohio State. Much of the pre-game hype centered around the Hoyas' junior Roy Hibbert (19 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist) and Ohio State's freshman Greg Oden (13 points, 9 rebounds) - both 7-foot plus centers - and whether they would be allowed by the referees to stay in the game.

Fate had it that Oden picked up this second foul with little more than 17 minutes before the half, but the Buckeyes were far from folding, going on a 9-2 run over approximately the next four minutes. The prime protagonist in this scoring advantage was freshman Mike Conley, Jr. (15 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds).

Conley had five of those nine points, but most importantly seemed to regulate the game's tempo, pushing the ball down court at every turn offensively. The young point guard, who plays much older than his age, impacted the game similarly in the second half.

"I said this yesterday or two days ago: his poise is terrific," said Georgetown coach John Thompson III. "He has a great feel for the game and how to manage the game and how to manage his teammates, that's advanced for a freshman, for a sophomore. You don't need to put a year behind his name."

The impact of Oden or Conley not withstanding, the Hoyas did not enjoy a typical offensive performance from junior Jeff Green (9 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists). Though he did play with his typical unselfishness, intelligence, and heart by finding open teammates, rebounding the rock, defending virtually every position on the floor for 40 minutes - Green scored half his previous 18 point tourney (Big East and NCAA) average.

"Things weren't going our way," Green said.

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