Belmont Ends Season with Loss to No. 2 Georgetown
Andrew Preston challenges Georgetown's Roy Hibbert.  Preston scored a team-high 14 points in his final game for the Bruins. <br><i>AP Photo/Mark Humphrey</i>
Andrew Preston challenges Georgetown's Roy Hibbert. Preston scored a team-high 14 points in his final game for the Bruins.
AP Photo/Mark Humphrey

Thursday, March 15, 2007

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Belmont had a Cinderella slipper fit and ready for wear at the ‘Big Dance.’ But after riding a sizzling, three-point bonanza to its second consecutive Atlantic Sun Championship, the Bruins’ clock struck midnight. Icy long range shooting and a talented, disciplined foe spelled an 80-55 defeat at the hands of second-seeded Georgetown in the first round of the 2007 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

The overall size and versatility of Georgetown was the difference. Belmont shot 36 percent from the floor – including 6-for-26 from three- point territory. Andrew Preston acquitted himself well in his final collegiate game, scoring a team-high 14 points on 5-for-8 shooting. Two-time A-Sun Championship MVP Justin Hare added 10 points.

"I was proud of how hard we played. I thought that our kids competed all 40 minutes. As it happens so often in athletic contests, when you play somebody that is outstanding, it makes it hard for you to do the things that you normally do. We were 6-for-26 from three and they had a lot to do with that," stated Belmont head coach Rick Byrd. "Even when they weren't there, it's because we knew we weren't going to get any of those wide-open looks, and we got a little anxious there. I am proud of our kids and I'm proud of our season. I offer Georgetown congratulations. They are a great basketball team, I don't think there's any question about that. Somebody will have to play awfully well to beat them, no matter who it is. "

Jessie Sapp scored a career-high 20 points for the Hoyas while Roy Hibbert chipped in 10 points and 13 rebounds.