No. 15 Georgetown 74, No. 17 Washington 66
Isaiah Thomas slipped into the paint and tried one of his
patented body-bending layups that usually work so well.
Georgetown’s Julian Vaughn smoothly stretched across the 5-foot-8
Washington guard’s body to swat it away.
Georgetown was just too imposing for the Huskies in the Wooden
Classic – and the hulking Hoyas should be looking increasingly
scary to their Big East foes back home as well.
Vaughn scored a career-high 18 points, and No. 15 Georgetown
pulled away in the second half for its second victory over a ranked
opponent in five days, beating No. 17 Washington 74-66 on
“Our guys do a really good job of figuring out where we have an
advantage, and tonight it was Jules,” Georgetown coach John
Thompson III said.
Greg Monroe had 15 points and seven rebounds for the Hoyas
(8-0), who scored 12 straight points after halftime during a 21-2
run. Playing more than 2,600 miles from home, the impressive surge
abruptly blew open a previously tight game in the annual
doubleheader held to honor John Wooden, UCLA’s famed 99-year-old
The game also appeared to be a breakout moment for Vaughn, a
junior who transferred from Florida State. The 6-9 forward did
little for the Hoyas last season, and he’s the only starter
averaging fewer than 12 points per game this season.
“Jules is going to have a few more nights like tonight,”
Thompson said. “He’s done a really good job being a presence for
us. We just went to him, and he did what he was supposed to
If Vaughn plays alongside Monroe at this impressive level – with
7-of-9 shooting and seven rebounds – during the Big East schedule,
the young Hoyas could be ready for a conference title run, Vaughn
“The whole group has a lot of chemistry,” Vaughn said. “We
try to exploit matchups, but we also grind out the offense and keep
it going. Everybody is looking for each other, and we’re trying to
find the best matchups.”
Thomas scored 15 of his 21 points after halftime for the Huskies
(6-2) while leading a late 15-3 run, but Washington couldn’t close
a 20-point deficit in the stiffest challenge of both teams’ young
Quincy Pondexter, the only senior on either roster, scored 23
points for the Huskies, who haven’t beaten a Big East team in 20
years. Washington, which made 25 turnovers, lost at Texas Tech last
week in the defending Pac-10 champions’ only game away from Seattle
before this weekend.
“We let up a little bit,” Pondexter said. “That’s all it
takes to lose these games. Any slippage or breakdown on the
defensive end can cost you.”
Washington’s biggest problem is still balance: Pondexter and
Thomas excelled, but no other Washington player scored more than
“Our other guys have to find a rhythm and shoot the ball more
confidently,” Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar said. “These guys have
to come out and be aggressive. (Pondexter and Thomas) have been
carrying the scoring load whether we were at home or on the
After beating No. 22 Butler in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison
Square Garden on Tuesday night with career highs of 24 points and
15 rebounds by Monroe, the Hoyas crossed the country to participate
in a doubleheader at a hockey rink. Thompson said he made the
deliberately tough schedule to steel his team for the rigors of Big
“Washington and Butler have two really different styles of
play,” Thompson said. “I wanted that (challenge), because within
our league, we have that on a weekly basis.”
After Georgetown held a one-point lead at halftime of the
schools’ first-ever meeting, Vaughn scored six points during the
Hoyas’ decisive run, including a dunk to put them up 51-31 just
over 6 minutes into the second half. Washington didn’t manage a
field goal in the second half until Thomas’ layup with 15:56 to
play, but Georgetown scored nine straight points after that.
The Hoyas led 60-40 with 6 1/2 minutes to play, before Thomas
and Pondexter trimmed the final margin. Thomas’ layup put
Washington within 69-63 with 27 seconds left before Chris Wright
and Hollis Thompson hit key free throws.
Three time zones away from home, Georgetown had a strong fan
contingent at the Honda Center, including fans of Hollis Thompson,
a Los Angeles native – and a profoundly hairy gentleman who shaved
his chest just enough to inscribe “HOYA” in silver paint.