WASHINGTON (AP) — Dominique Jones ignited a comeback by scoring 22 of his 29 points in the second half, and South Florida extended its longest Big East winning streak, stunning No. 7 Georgetown 72-64 on Wednesday night.
South Florida shot 65 percent after halftime to win its fourth straight conference game, including a 70-61 win over then-No. 17 Pittsburgh on Sunday that gave the Bulls three straight for the first time since joining the Big East in 2005.
The Bulls (15-7, 5-5), who also have five Big East wins in a season for the first time, trailed by 13 points late in the first half and by 35-26 at halftime due to 60 percent shooting by Georgetown (16-5, 6-4). But the Hoyas went cold in the second half and Jones began to show the flair that has him averaging 35 points during the winning streak.
Jones went 6 of 9 in the second half, played 39 of 40 minutes, and finished with eight rebounds and four assists. With 1:05 to play and his team leading by eight points and shooting free throws, Jones walked to the crowd and twice bellowed: "Y'all come watch Dominique Jones play!" He flexed his muscles at the final horn and told the local USF radio crew his "heart was beating too fast" to do a postgame interview.
Greg Monroe had 21 points and eight rebounds — none in the second half — before fouling out with 2:52 to play.
The Hoyas stumbled in a trap game sandwiched between the president-attended win over Duke and an upcoming Saturday showdown against No. 2 Villanova.
Austin Freeman also scored 21 points for the Hoyas, who shot 36 percent in the second half — 24 percent worse than in the first. The Hoyas also missed half of their free throws, making only 11 of 22 for the game.
Jones initially found himself having to work hard to find shots against Georgetown's defense — he missed his first three before scoring on a putback more than 12 minutes into the game. But he helped get the Bulls going in the second half by scoring seven straight point for his team with a driving layup, a steal and dunk and a three-point play. Mike Mercer tied the game at 42 with two free throws with 12:28 to play, and Jones made a free throw following a steal to give the Bulls their first lead since 10-9.
At one point, South Florida had outscored Georgetown 30-13 in the second half and held a 56-48 lead with 6:28 to play. Here's an idea how things were going: Jones banked in a 3-pointer at one end, while at the other Monroe had a free throw wiped out by a lane violation.
The Hoyas finally stopped the visitors' momentum with a jumper from Freeman and a basket and two free throws by Monroe to cut the deficit to two.
But Monroe was soon gone from the game, getting his fifth foul when Jarrid Famous was attempting a putback after catching an air ball. Georgetown never regained the lead, and Jones' final play was a dish to Mercer for a dunk to end the game.