Late Comeback Comes Up Short as No. 9 Georgetown Falls to West Virginia, 74-62
Jan. 7, 2012
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Junior forward Hollis Thompson (Los Angeles, Calif./Loyola) scored a team-high 20 points and No. 9 Georgetown used a late 9-0 run to pull to within four points, but it wasn't enough as the Hoyas saw their 11-game win streak come to an end in a 74-62 loss to West Virginia on Saturday afternoon in Morgantown. The loss was only the second of the year for the Hoyas, who fall to 13-2 overall and 3-1 in the BIG EAST, while West Virginia improves to 12-4 overall and 3-1 in league play.
Thompson hit 7-of-13 shots from the field to lead the way with 20 points, scoring 13 of his points during the first half. Senior center Henry Sims (Baltimore, Md./Mount St. Joseph) added 10 points, six assists and five rebounds, while senior guard Jason Clark (Arlington, Va./Bishop O'Connell) chipped in 10 points, three rebounds and two assists.
West Virginia senior forward Kevin Jones scored 21 points and grabbed 16 rebounds and senior guard Darryl Bryant added 25 points as the Mountaineers connected on 60.0 percent of their second half shots and took a double-digit lead in the final 10 minutes of the game. A layup from Thompson cut the WVU lead to 49-43 and free throws from freshman guard Jabril Trawick (Philadelphia, Pa./Abington Friends) made it 51-45 with 7:58 to play. A three-pointer from Bryant pushed the lead to 56-46, but a jumper from Thompson and a dunk from Trawick made it 56-49. WVU responded with a 6-0 spurt and took a 62-49 lead on Bryant free throws with 4:36 left.
That was not it for Georgetown, however. With starting sophomore forward Nate Lubick (Southborough, Mass./St. Marks) and Sims both having fouled out, Clark and Thompson led a young lineup and pulled to within four points, 62-58, on a jumper from freshman forward Otto Porter (Sikeston, Mo./Scott County Central) with 2:26 left. Porter's shot capped a 9-0 Hoya run. Gary Browne, however, hit a layup 14 seconds later to push the lead to six points, 64-58. A three-pointer from freshman forward Greg Whittington (Columbia, Md./Oakland Mills) made it 68-62 with 44 seconds left, but the Mountaineers hit six all free throws in the final minute to close out the scoring.
The Hoyas trailed by two points, 29-27, at the break, but a layup from Darryl Bryant gave WVU a 31-27 lead. Consecutive baskets from Clark tied the game at 31-all. The game remained close and Georgetown trailed by only two points, 39-37, after a jumper from Sims with 14:09 to play, but WVU got a basket from Bryant and a three-pointer from Jones to take its biggest lead, 44-37, with 12:08 left to play. Free throws from Trawick and a layup from Clark pulled Georgetown to within 44-41 with 9:54 to play, but a 7-2 spurt over 1:17 gave the Mountaineers their biggest lead, 51-43, on a jumper from Gary Browne with 8:25 to play in the game.
The Hoyas trailed through most of the first half, but used a 5-0 run to tie the game on a driving layup from sophomore guard Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep) with 1:51 to play. A three-pointer from Thompson, who missed the ensuing free throw for what could have been a four-point play, had cut the lead to 27-25. After missed shots from WVU, the Hoyas had a chance to take their first lead since early in the game, but Thompson and Porter both missed shots and a jumper from Bryant with 46 seconds left gave the Mountaineers a 29-27 advantage.
Georgetown had jumped on top 4-0 after free throws from Thompson and a jumper from Sims, but a 9-0 run from WVU gave them a 9-4 lead on a jumper from Kilicli. A 7-2 Georgetown run, with Thompson scoring all seven points, tied the game at 11-all on a layup with 10:47 to play in the half. Back-to-back layups from Lubick kept the game tied, the last at 17-all, but baskets from Aaron Brown and Jones gave WVU a 21-17 advantage. The Hoyas pulled to within one point, 23-22, on a layup from Starks, but a layup from Jones and one from Dominique Rutledge gave WVU a 27-22 lead.
The Hoyas shot 40.4 percent from the floor (23-of-57), hit only two three-pointers (2-of-14, 14.3%) and were 14-of-20 from the free throw line (70.0%). WVU held a 37-31 advantage on the boards and GU had 15 turnovers.
Georgetown has little time to waste, returning to action on Monday, Jan. 9, hosting BIG EAST rival Cincinnati (12-3, 2-0) at Verizon Center. Tipoff is slated for 9 p.m. The game will be shown live on ESPNU, with Beth Mowins and Tim Welsh calling the action. The game can be heard locally on Sports Talk AM 570.