DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- It's hard enough for John Thompson III to
follow in the footsteps of his famous father. Now the elder
Thompson has raised the stakes.
Roy Hibbert scored 20 points, Jeff Green 19, Ashanti Cook 17 and
Darrel Owens 14 -- accounting for all the Hoyas' points -- to lead
Georgetown to a 70-52 victory over second-seeded Ohio State on
Sunday in the second round of the Minneapolis Regional.
"And he's going to win a national championship, too," Thompson
said of his son, the Hoyas' head coach. "Remember me telling you
The seventh-seeded Hoyas (23-9) did it with a patient and
disciplined offense and a dose of that tenacious defense that the
older Thompson's teams made famous.
After the final seconds ticked away, the happy Hoyas pointed to
the elder Thompson at courtside, who stood and raised a fist and
flashed a smile as wide as any he wore during Georgetown's run to
the NCAA title in 1984.
Father and son hugged soon afterward.
Asked in the interview room if the victory was particularly
sweet because he could share it with his father, Thompson III
asked, "Is he here?"
A booming voice from the back of the room replied, "Right
The son smiled as he said, "Yes, it is."
The 7-foot-2 Hibbert also had 14 rebounds and three blocked
The trip to the regional semifinals came in Thompson III's
second season after taking over a team that was down and almost
forgotten. His father, who built the feared and ferocious teams of
the 1980s, went four seasons before winning twice in the 1976 NCAA
Georgetown (23-9) advances to meet Florida (29-6) on Friday.
"What does it mean?" Thompson III repeated. "We'll wait until
the season is over to see. Hopefully, we're not done."
It was a bitter loss for Ohio State (26-6), making its first
tournament appearance since an NCAA investigation into the program
while Jim O'Brien was the head coach led to four trips from
1999-2002 being erased from the books.
This marks the first time since 1996 that a Big Ten team hasn't
made it through the tournament's first weekend.
The Hoyas put it away with a late 9-0 run to push the lead to 15
points and erase any doubts. By that time, many Ohio State fans --
they made up probably 75 percent of the crowd -- were flooding the
"We came in here knowing this was almost a home game for
them," Hibbert said. "We've played in atmospheres where the whole
crowd's against us. The seniors led us and we followed right behind
The Hoyas wasted no time in getting the attention of the Big
Ten's regular-season champions. Cook drilled a 3-pointer their
first time down the floor. On the second trip, Ohio State's Terence
Dials -- the Big Ten's player of the year -- was called for a touch
foul before the ball was over midcourt.
Hibbert hit four of his first five shots from the field and had
nine points as the Hoyas streaked to a 20-10 lead in the opening
"This was one of Roy's best games, but he's been playing well
for us all season," Cook said. "We just hope he stays aggressive
and keeps playing like he did tonight."
Georgetown shot 57 percent from the field in the first half
while grabbing a 38-25 lead.
"We were struggling for answers defensively," Ohio State coach
Thad Matta said. "That's really the first time -- except for about
an eight-minute span against LSU -- when we've been baffled by a
Perhaps the only good sign for the Buckeyes was that their top
outside shooter, Je'Kel Foster, came out of a lengthy shooting funk
to hit three consecutive long 3-pointers that cut the Hoyas' lead
Unfazed, Georgetown continued to pass and cut on offense and
play sticky defense. The Hoyas ran off 11 of the half's final 13
points, most on layups or shots in the paint.
"If they [the Hoyas] continue to play like this, the sky's the
limit," Ohio State's J.J. Sullinger said.
Dials finished with 19 points, Jamar Butler had 12 and Foster 11
for the Buckeyes.
At least the quiet ride home didn't take long for Ohio State,
which only came an hour down the road from Columbus.
"We beat a very, very good team," Thompson III said. "I guess
we had a bunch of guys who decided they wanted to keep playing. So