Freeman's Jumper Falls Short as No. 12 Georgetown Falls to Marquette, 62-59
Jan. 6, 2010
Milwaukee, Wis. - No. 12 Georgetown fought back from an early deficit in the first half and had a chance to take the lead in the waning seconds, but a jumper from junior guard Austin Freeman (Mitchellville, Md./DeMatha) was off the mark and Marquette's Jimmy Butler hit two free throws with 7.5 seconds left in the game, giving the host Golden Eagles a 62-59 win over the Hoyas in front of 15,984 fans at Bradley Center.
The loss ends Georgetown's three-game win streak, as the Blue & Gray fall to 11-2 overall and 2-1 in the BIG EAST Conference, while Marquette improves to 10-5 overall and 1-2 in league play.
Trailing 58-55, sophomore center Greg Monroe (New Orleans, La./Helen Cox) scored on a layup with 2:07 to play, but Marquette grabbed an offensive rebound after a missed three-pointer and free throws from Lazar Hayward gave the Golden Eagles a 60-57 lead with 57 seconds left.
Freeman quickly scored on a driving layup from the right to trim the lead to 60-59 with 35 seconds left and after Maurice Acker missed a free throw, Monroe grabbed the defensive rebound. Freeman's shot to take the lead was rebounded by Jimmy Butler, who hit both free throws to give Marquette a 62-59 lead. A three-pointer from junior guard Chris Wright (Bowie, Md./St. John's College HS) fell short at the buzzer.
Trailing 32-30 the half, the Hoyas tied it on a basket from junior forward Julian Vaughn (Vienna, Va./Oak Hill Academy) 48 seconds into the half. A three-pointer from Lazar Hayward gave the Golden Eagles a 37-34 lead, but the Hoyas scored six-straight points and took a 40-37 lead after Freeman hit a pair of free throws following a technical foul on the Marquette bench.
A three-pointer from David Cubillan and a basket from Hayward gave the Golden Eagles a 42-40 lead, but a Vaughn layup tied the game at 42-all. The teams traded the lead back and forth. Marquette took a 45-42 lead on a three-pointer, but Freeman responded with one of his own to tie the game.
Trailing 48-46 after a three-pointer from Cubillan, one of six he hit during the game, Monroe hit one of two free throws and followed with a layup to tie the game at 48-all before Freeman hit a layup to give the Hoyas a 50-48 lead.
A three-pointer from Dwight Buycks and a jumper from Darius Johnson-Odom gave Marquette a 53-50 lead, but sophomore guard Jason Clark (Arlington, Va./Bishop O'Connell) tied the game at 53-all with 4:44 to play.
Johnson-Odom hit another three-pointer, one of 12 from Marquette during the game, to give the Golden Eagles a 56-53 lead, but a jumper from freshman guard Hollis Thompson (Los Angeles, Calif./Loyola) narrowed the gap to one point. After a Bucyks layup made it 58-55, Monroe hit a basket with
In the first half, Marquette came out strong, hitting a trio of three-pointers in the first seven-plus minutes to take a 15-7 lead on a long distance shot from David Cubillan. The Hoyas, however, used an 8-2 run over 2:35 and pulled to within two points, 19-17, on a layup from Vaughn with 8:40 to play. It was the third-straight basket during the run, which was started on a long jumper from Wright.
A conventional three-point play from Clark pulled Georgetown to within two points again, 23-21, but Cubillan hit consecutive three-point baskets as Marquette pushed the lead back to six points, 29-23, with 3:11 to play. The Hoyas again responded, with Wright hitting two free throws after getting fouled while driving to the basket and then hitting a three-pointer to narrow the gap to one point, 29-28, with 1:43 left before the break. Cubillan hit his fourth three-pointer of the half with 1:07 to play, but a jumper from Freeman made it 32-30 at the break.
Freeman scored 20 points and handed out six assists to lead Georgetown, while Vaughn added 12 points and Monroe finished with nine points, 10 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two steals.
The Hoyas shot 48.9 percent from the floor (22-of-45), 33.3 percent of their three-pointers (4-of-12) and 84.6 percent of their free throws (11-of-13). Marquette hit 38.9 percent of its field goals (21-of-54), but were 12-of-26 from outside the arc (46.2%).
Georgetown returns home on Saturday, Jan. 9, hosting BIG EAST rival Connecticut at Verizon Center. Tipoff at the Phonebooth is slated for noon. The game will be shown live on ESPN, with Dan Shulman and Dick Vitale calling all of the action. Rich Chvotkin's radio call can be heard locally on ESPN 980 AM.