March 4, 2000

Box Score

WASHINGTON (AP) – Demetrius Hunter led Georgetown with 14 points and Anthony Perry scored 10, but Notre Dame left MCI Center with a 77-54 victory in the regular-season finale for both Big East teams.

Troy Murphy, who leads the Big East in scoring and rebounding, had 23 points and 15 rebounds for the Irish. Matt Carroll added 16 points, David Graves had 14 points and 13 rebounds and Jimmy Dillon had nine assists while not taking a shot from the field.

The win also assured Notre Dame (17-13, 8-8) of the No. 7 seed in the Big East tournament, which begins Wednesday in New York. The Irish broke a three-game losing streak.

Georgetown (16-13, 6-10), which appears headed to the NIT, would have been the No. 7 seed in the Big East with a win.

Kevin Braswell, the Hoyas’ leading scorer, had just six points on two of 11 shots from the field and Ruben Boumtje Boumtje (11 rebounds), second on the team in scoring this season, had just nine points.

Notre Dame had assists on 14 of 16 field goals in the first half against the Hoya man-to-man defense, and led 43-24. The Irish, who added to their single-season team record with seven 3-pointers in the game, had assists on 23 of 29 baskets overall and were never threatened in the second half.

The Irish had 13 offensive rebounds and controlled the boards, 51-29.

It was the worst loss of the season for Georgetown, and the most lopsided decision to Notre Dame since a 104-77 setback during the 1973-74 season.