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Hibbert turns it around, takes control as Hoyas head to title game

NEW YORK — Georgetown wasn't about to change its game plan on a whim. After Roy Hibbert went scoreless a day earlier, nobody on the bench thought twice about getting the All-Big East center the ball Friday night.

He took care of things from there, and has the Hoyas playing for another tournament title.

Hibbert had season highs of 25 points and 13 rebounds, and helped ninth-ranked Georgetown withstand West Virginia's only big run midway through the second half of a 72-55 victory in the semifinals at Madison Square Garden.

"I knew he was going to come out hungry, so we wanted to feed him," said Jessie Sapp, who added 13 points for the Hoyas. "We wanted to keep feeding him and feeding him. We need him in the game like that for us to win."

Georgetown led 51-47 with about 11 minutes left, and West Virginia didn't get another basket until Joe Alexander scored with 3:13 to go. By then, Hibbert and the Hoyas had a 20-point lead.

"They were 15-3 in this league, and this league is the best league in the country," West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said. "They're pretty good. … It's hard for us to match up with a guy like Hibbert."

In Georgetown's quarterfinal win over Villanova. Hibbert was scoreless and managed just four rebounds before fouling out.

A different day, a much different stat line.

"I'm a monster, I'm a monster. Be afraid," Hibbert said, cracking a grin while coach John Thompson III popped him upside the head. "It's just the way our team is working and making stops. I just said, 'You know what? Just keep cranking those buckets out.' "

Hibbert scored 11 points in the seven minutes West Virginia's Jamie Smalligan was on the bench in the first half, including just his third career 3-pointer from the top of the key.

PITT 68, NO. 25 MARQUETTE 61: Sam Young scored 22 to lead Pittsburgh to the conference final for the seventh time in eight years.

The seventh-seeded Panthers play Georgetown for the title for the second straight year.

Pittsburgh appeared to have the win sewn up early, holding Marquette without a field goal, and to just two points, for an 11:38 stretch at the end of the first half and the start of the second.

Pittsburgh wasn't exactly lighting it up offensively but closed the first half on a 9-2 run and scored five of the first seven points of the second for a 40-24 lead.

Marquette chipped away at the lead and got within 56-52 with 7:03 left, but Pittsburgh held on.

Hibbert turns it around, takes control as Hoyas head to title game 03/14/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 9:39am]
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