Georgetown Easily Defeats Tulane, 69-53, In Home Opener

Austin Freeman led the way with 23 points as Georgetown topped Tulane 69-53.

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Tulane Vs. Georgetown: Hoyas Win Comfortably, 69-53

Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Austin Freeman led all scorers with 23 points and Jason Clark added 17 points and 11 rebounds, as 20th-ranked Georgetown defeated Tulane, 69-53, at the Verizon Center.

Freeman hit 4-of-6 shots from three-point range, while Vee Sanford contributed 10 points off the bench for Georgetown (2-0), which opened the season with a narrow 62-59 victory at Old Dominion on Friday.

Kris Richard had a team-high 22 points and nine boards for Tulane (1-1), which began the 2010-11 campaign with a 91-62 win over Maryland-Eastern Shore on Friday. Jordan Callahan added nine points and six assists in defeat.

Georgetown used a 14-1 run to grab a commanding 20-point lead in the early going. Chris Wright got things going with a jumper and the Hoyas then found the mark from long distance. Clark buried a three-pointer, Hollis Thompson followed with a pair of triples before Freeman’s trey put Georgetown up 29-9 with nearly 7 1/2 minutes to play in the half.

Freeman then made a jumper to put an end to a 7-0 Tulane burst to give GU a 34-19 edge with 2:47 left and the Hoyas would take a 34-22 lead into the intermission.

Tulane could only get as close as nine in the second half, before Georgetown quickly restored its double-digit lead and coasted the rest of the way.

Georgetown beat Tulane in last season’s opener by a 74-58 final in the first- ever meeting between the two teams…Thompson finished with eight points, while Wright chipped in with seven points and eight assists.

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Tulane Vs. Georgetown: Julian Vaughn Out Indefinitely With Illness

The Georgetown Hoyas were already thin up front entering the 2010-11 season. Then, they lost freshman Moses Ayegba to an NCAA rules violation for nine games. Now, they will be without Julian Vaughn for the forseeable future. 

Vaughn was in the hospital yesterday with an undisclosed illness, and he hasn't recovered in time for tonight's game. Hoyas coach John Thompson III told assembled media that he will be sidelined indefinitely. Via Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post.

Vaughn fell ill yesterday. JTIII says: "We do not know when [he will be cleared] and at this point do not have enough data to speculate."    

Vaughn is the only returning starter for the Hoyas up front. Last season, he teamed with Greg Monroe, averaging 7.4 points and 4.4 rebounds per game in 22.6 minutes per game. This will mean increased playing time for Hollis Thompson and Henry Sims up front.

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Tulane Vs. Georgetown: Hoyas Play At Home For First Time This Season

Amid all the Donovan McNabb chatter, in a tiny corner tucked away from the hype surrounding this Washington Redskins-Philadelphia Eagles Monday Night Football matchup, the No. 20 Georgetown Hoyas will have their home opener. Tonight, the Hoyas will take on Tulane at the Verizon Center. Tip time is at 7 p.m. 

The Hoyas are coming off a gritty 62-59 victory on the road against an outstanding Old Dominion team. Chris Wright had 19 points, Jason Clark added 18 and Austin Freeman had 17, as the Hoyas were able to escape an Old Dominion buzzer-beater attempt. The win snapped Old Dominion's 23-game home winning streak.

Tonight's game should be much easier. Tulane may be in a power-ish conference, but they are a much weaker team. Ken Pomeroy has them ranked 148th in his rankings, and they really don't have much interior depth. Georgetown may not be a strong inside team, but they have tons of talent on the perimeter that Tulane should not be able to handle. This should be an easy win for the Hoyas.

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