December 10, 2006
Against ORU, It Is Roy-Roy-Roy
December 10, 2006 - Yesterday afternoon, Washington, D.C.'s Verizon Center rang frequently with the chant "Roy-Roy-Roy": Georgetown student's lyrical note of appreciation for junior center Roy Hibbert (23 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal). Set to the rhythm of Survivor's Eye of the Tiger - which forever will be connected with the Rocky movie franchise - the sign of support was more than appropriate, as Hibbert enjoyed his best game of the year, triggered by aggressive interior play on both sides of the ball. The seven foot two inch center was dominant in Georgetown's 73-58 victory over Oral Roberts University.
Hibbert acknowledged the benefits of his aggressive offensive play after the game. "That helps me out. It helps me ease into the game" he said. "They (opponents) start backing up when they see me going for dunks, from me starting so hard".
He would later place some of the responsibility for his attacking the rim in the manner he did, on the other Hoyas. "My teammates have been getting on me for it; in practice I'm dunking, but I need to do it in the game. So I said I was going go right to the rim, right away".
His first points came via a strong dunk at the first half's 13:44 mark, which would portend his performance, as Hibbert went on to slam once more during the stanza, in addition to scoring strong around the tin and notching a layup.
Though not credited with any blocks, Hibbert played good defense throughout, as his forcing ORU's leading scorer Caleb Green (15 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals) into shooting an air ball, with six minutes and twenty two seconds remaining before intermission attests.
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