Freeman's 25 Points Lead No. 22 Georgetown Past Rutgers, 74-65
Jan. 15, 2011
PISCATAWAY, N.J. -
Senior guard Austin Freeman (Mitchellville, Md./DeMatha) scored 21 points and No. 22 Georgetown hit eight three-pointers in the second half to break open a close game as the Hoyas beat Rutgers, 74-65, in front of 7,122 fans at the Louis Brown Athletic Center
Georgetown ends a three-game losing streak and improves to 13-5 overall and 2-4 in the BIG EAST, while Rutgers falls to 10-7 overall and 1-4 in league play.
Freeman connected on 6-of-12 shots from the field, 4-of-6 from three-point land and all nine of his free throw attempts for 25 points, his ninth game this season with at least 20 points, while he added a career-high nine rebounds and led the team with four assists. Senior guard Chris Wright (Bowie, Md./St. John's College H.S. [D.C.]) hit 5-of-9- shots from the field and scored 15 points, while junior guard Jason Clark (Arlington, Va./Bishop O'Connell) chipped in 13 points.
The Hoyas led by six points, 31-25, at the break and used a 13-3 run over the opening 4:31 to take their biggest lead of the game, 44-28, on a three-pointer from freshman guard Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep). Rutgers responded and used a 15-3 spurt over 5:05 to pull within four points on a three-pointer from James Beatty with 9:59 to play in the game.
Georgetown responded with a three-pointer from Freeman, one of eight the team hit in the second half, and that keyed an 11-5 outbreak over 1:18. Freeman scored eight points during that run, starting with his three, then hitting two free throws and then hitting another three free throws after being fouled. A three-pointer from sophomore forward sophomore forward Hollis Thompson (Los Angeles, Calif./Loyola) gave GU a 58-48 lead with 7:22 left.
After a Freeman three-pointer pushed the lead to 11 points, 61-50, the Hoyas connected on 8-of-9 free throws in the final 2:26 and Wright hit a three with 1:05 left to seal the win for Georgetown.
Georgetown led by six points the half, with six different players scoring and Wright and Freeman scoring seven points apiece to lead the way. The Hoyas held a 31-25 advantage, shooting 46.2 percent from the floor as the team scored at least 30 points in the first half for the first time in four games.
The Hoyas jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead in the first half after a layup from at Clark and consecutive three's from Thompson and Freeman, forcing Rutgers to call a timeout. The Scarlet Knights would cut the lead to three points, 8-5, on a three-pointer from Mitchell, but an 8-4 GU run, capped by a layup from Vaughn, gave Georgetown a 16-9 lead.
The lead was narrowed to two points, 18-16, after a layup from RU's Miller, but a layup from Clark and a three-pointer from Wright with 3:37 to play in the half gave GU a 27-21 lead. Baskets from Freeman and Clark in the final minute gave Georgetown a 31-25 lead at the break.
Georgetown shot 47.9 percent from the floor (23-of-48), including 50.0 percent in the second half (11-of-22). The Hoyas were 50.0 percent from three-point land (11-of-22) and connected on 89.5 percent of their free throws (17-of-19). RU held a 31-30 advantage on the boards and GU had nine assists and 14 turnovers.
Thompson finished with eight points, two rebounds and two blocks, while senior forward Julian Vaughn (Reston, Va./Oak Hill Academy) added four points and five rebounds and freshman forward Nate Lubick (Southboro, Mass./St. Marks) scored four points with four rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Georgetown closes out a two-game visit to the Garden State on Tuesday, Jan. 18, playing at Seton Hall. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. and the game will be shown live on MASN. It can be heard locally on ESPN 980 AM.