- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 13, 2008

NEW YORK When Villanova took away Mt. St. Hibbert, Georgetown’s veteran backcourt combination erupted in epic fashion.

Combining for 43 points to author a total eclipse of Villanova’s more ballyhooed guard tandem, Georgetown upperclassmen Jessie Sapp and Jonathan Wallace headlined an 82-63 rout of the desperate Wildcats in today’s opening Big East tournament quarterfinal matchup at Madison Square Garden.

The victory sends the Hoyas (26-4) into the tournament semifinal for the third consecutive season and likely sticks a dagger into the NCAA tournament hopes of the Wildcats (20-11). Tomorrow at 7 p.m., Georgetown will face the winner of this afternoon’s game between West Virginia and Connecticut.

“These two were terrific,” said Georgetown coach John Thompson III after Sapp (23 points, four assists) and Wallace (20 points) led the Hoyas to a Big East record-tying onslaught from behind the arc that yielded 17 3-point connections on just 28 attempts (60.7 percent). “To say that [senior center] Roy Hibbert [0 points] had a tough time getting into a rhythm would be an understatement.

“But the nature of our team is that when any particular guy is struggling, we have other people who can step up. Jon got us going in the first half, and Jessie made plays in the second half.”

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