2001 NCAA Men's Tourney

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NCAA Basketball Scoreboard: Recap
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Georgetown 76, Hampton 57
Posted: Saturday March 17, 2001 09:02 PM
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BOISE, Idaho (Ticker) -- Apparently, Georgetown coach Craig Esherick knew what he was doing when he scheduled four opponents from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference this season.

Kevin Braswell scored 15 points as Georgetown used a huge run in the first half to move into the NCAA Tournament's "Sweet 16" with a 76-57 victory over MEAC upstart Hampton in a West Region game.

Georgetown (25-7) will face Washington, D.C. neighbor Maryland on Thursday in Anaheim. The two schools have not met since 1993.

Esherick was critical of his team's No. 10 seed despite the Hoyas' top-25 ranking. Georgetown was seeded 10th in part because of a light non-conference schedule which included home games with MEAC foes Bethune-Cookman, Maryland-Eastern Shore, Howard and Morgan State.

The Hoyas led, 24-20, with just over eight minutes remaining in the first half before using an 18-2 run to take a 42-22 lead into the locker room. Nat Burton, the hero of Georgetown's 63-61 first-round win over Arkansas, had a pair of layups in the last minute to cap the burst.

The Pirates got as close as 15 points in the second half, the final time at 59-44 with 7:20 remaining. But Burton had a layup and Ruben Boumjte Boumjte added two free throws for a 63-44 lead lead with 5 1/2 minutes left.

Burton had 13 points and freshman Mike Sweetney added 10 before fouling out for the Hoyas, who are in the "Sweet 16" for the first time since 1996.

Georgetown was able to use its size advantage to outrebound the Pirates, 51-27. Boumjte Boumjte had nine boards for the Hoyas, who are in their first NCAA Tournament since 1943 without legendary coach John Thompson.

Thompson, whose son Ronny is a Hoya assistant, sat behind the bench one day after watching North Carolina defeat Princeton in New Orleans on Friday. Thompson's other son, John Thompson III, is the coach of the Tigers.

Hampton (25-7) was led by Tarvis Williams, who scored 16 points to go along with eight blocks. LaSean Howard had all 14 of his points in the second half for the Pirates, who exited the floor to a standing ovation from the fans at the Boise State University Pavilion.

Marseiles Brown had 12 points for Hampton, which became the darling of the subregional after its 58-57 upset of Iowa State in the first round. The Pirates' band and cheerleaders drew loud cheers when they entered the building during the day's first contest.

Hampton shot just 35 percent (19-of-54) and missed 10 free throws.


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