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NIT: Georgetown reaches quarterfinals

Associated Press
Published March 23, 2005


WASHINGTON - Freshman Jeff Green had 18 points and six blocked shots, and Georgetown took advantage of an unusual homecourt advantage to beat short-handed Cal State-Fullerton 74-57 Tuesday and advance to the quarterfinals of the NIT.

Green scored eight of Georgetown's first 13 and made 8 of 11 shots in 23 minutes.

Preparations for a circus made the cavernous MCI Center unavailable. So the game was played on campus at McDonough Gymnasium. A standing-room only crowd of 2,604 packed the gym, and its chants and roars tested the limits of decibel tolerance in a way never heard at MCI.

Georgetown hasn't lost at McDonough since 63-52 to Connecticut in 1982. But the Hoyas usually host only one or two games a season at the gym (usually early in the season against heavy underdogs).

Bobby Brown scored 16 and Jamaal Brown had 14 points and 11 rebounds to lead Cal State Fullerton, which dressed only eight players and listed five players out for the season with injuries. Ralphy Holmes, the Big West's leading scorer and rebounder, became the most recent when he injured his knee in Friday's win at San Francisco.

The Hoyas took the lead for good with a 12-0 run that made it 27-18. Brandon Bowman's stumbling baseline drive turned into a three-point play to get the lead to double digits, and Jonathan Wallace's 3-pointer at the buzzer made it 41-30.

Green picked up his fourth foul with 121/2 minutes left and Georgetown up by 18. The Titans went on a 7-0 run, but Ashanti Cook's 3-pointer ended it.

SOUTH CAROLINA 77, UNLV 66: A 12-2 first-half run put the host Gamecocks ahead for good. Down 41-24 early in the second half, the Rebels cut it to eight with 3:03 left.

But Brandon Wallace made a free throw, and Carlos Powell drew an offensive foul on UNLV's next possession. Tre Kelley's pass to Rocky Trice under the basket then made it 75-63.