Jan. 4, 2012
WASHINGTON - Junior forward Hollis Thompson (Los Angeles, Calif./Loyola) hit a three-pointer with 24 seconds left to break a 70-all tie and No. 9 Georgetown stormed back from a 17-point second half deficit en route to a 73-70 win over No. 20 Marquette in front of 11,213 fans at Verizon Center.
It was the 11th-straight win for the Hoyas, who improve to 13-1 overall and 3-0 in the BIG EAST, while Marquette falls to 12-3 overall and 1-1 in league play.
Trailing by 17 points nearing the mid-point of the second half, 56-39, the Hoyas went with a young lineup featuring senior guard Jason Clark (Arlington, Va./Bishop O'Connell), who scored a game-high 26 points, along with freshmen Mikael Hopkins (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha), Otto Porter (Sikeston, Mo./Scott County Central), Jabril Trawick (Philadelphia, Pa./Abington Friends) and Greg Whittington (Columbia, Md./Oakland Mills), and went on a 17-5 run and pulled to within five points, 62-57, on a layup from Porter with 7:08 to play. During the run, Clark hit two three-pointers and scored on a conventional three-point play, and the freshmen scored eight points.
Free throws from Darius Johnson-Odum pushed the lead back to seven points,64-57, but the Georgetown defense held Marquette to only field goal for a 10-minute stretch as the Hoyas climbed back into the game. Jumpers from senior center Henry Sims (Baltimore, Md./Mount St. Joseph) cut the lead to five points and that's when Thompson took over.
A three-pointer from Thompson with 3:21 to play cut the lead to 66-64 and his jumper with 2:33 left tied the game for the first time since the first half. After a layup from Sims gave GU a 68-66 lead, a layup from Devante Gardner - Marquette's first field goal 7:36 - tied the game with 1:36 left.
Clark responded with a layup with 1:10 left to give GU a 70-68 lead, but the Golden Eagles tied the game on a jumper from Junior Cadougan. The Hoyas had the ball with 24 seconds left and Sims found Thompson on the left wing and the junior sank the three to give Georgetown the 73-70 lead. Marquette missed two chances in the waning moments as the Hoyas held on for the win.
Marquette jumped out to a 14-point halftime lead thanks to a combined 24 points from Johnson-Odom and Crowder and 12 first half turnovers from the Hoyas. The game was close in the opening 10 minutes with five ties and nine lead changes. The Golden Eagles led by four points twice early in the game, the last on a layup from Devante Gardner making it 21-17 at 13:17.
Consecutive baskets from Porter tied the game at 21-all and a free throw from freshman guard Jabril Trawick (Philadelphia, Pa./Abington Friends) gave GU its first lead since the opening basket at 22-21. A jumper from Clark gave the Hoyas a 24-23 lead, but Marquette used a 14-1 run over 8:27 and took a 37-25 lead on a jumper from Todd Mayo with 2:10 to play.
Clark hit a layup to make it 37-27 - Georgetown's first field goal in 6:40 - but baskets from Johnson-Odom and Crowder gave Marquette a 43-29 lead at the break.
Clark scored 18 of his game-high 26 points in the second half, connecting on 6-of-7 shots from the field and 2-of-3 from three-point land, to lead the Hoyas. Thompson finished with 16 points, hitting 6-of-7 shots and 4-of-5 from long distance, while Sims added 13 points, five rebounds, five assists, , three blocks and two steals.
The Hoyas shot 62.8 percent from the floor (27-of-43), hit 33.3 percent of their three-pointers (6-of-18) and were 56.5 percent from the free throw line (13-of-23). Georgetown was out-rebounded 27-23, but had 18 assists, five blocks and nine steals.
Georgetown is back on the road this weekend, visiting West Virginia on Saturday, Jan. 7. Tipoff at WVU Coliseum is slated for noon and the game will be shown live on MASN, with John Gardner and Bob Wenzel calling all of the action. The game can be heard locally
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