Jan. 20, 2014
by Bobby Bancroft
WASHINGTON - Georgetown surrendered a late seven-point lead as Marquette's Todd Mayo nailed a game-tying three-pointer with 10 seconds left to force overtime, where Georgetown ultimately fell 80-72 to the Golden Eagles on Monday night in front of 9,014 at Verizon Center.
Despite a career-high 28 points by senior guard Markel Starks and 24 points from sophomore guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera, the Hoyas dropped their third-straight game of the season after holding late second half leads. The Hoyas are now 11-7, 3-4 in the BIG EAST while Marquette improved to 11-8 and 3-3 in the league.
Junior forward Mikael Hopkins scored six points, posted his second consecutive game with double digit rebounds (11), and registered a career-high five blocks. Senior center Moses Ayegba matched a career-high with six points and also established a career-high in blocks with four as the Hoyas had a season high nine blocks as a team. Marquette was led by Davante Gardner with 20 points as five Golden Eagles scored in double digits on the night. Georgetown has now dropped back-to-back home games and three overall for the first time since the end of the 2010-11 season.
Georgetown took a 60-53 lead with 3:03 remaining after senior forward Nate Lubick found Ayegba all alone under the basket for the easy layup. Marquette used a 12-5 to finish out the rest of regulation, culminating in that final Mayo three-pointer.
Starks, who finished shooting 10-of-21 from the field and 4-of-8 from three-point range, missed a desperation shot at the buzzer to end regulation as the Hoyas played their second overtime game of the season.
Just as they had done to start the game, Marquette scored the first seven points of the extra period - including five from John Dawson - and never looked back in winning for the first time at Verizon Center since the 2008-09 season and tying up the all-time series between the two schools at 8-8.
"We aren't making winning plays at the end," coach John Thompson III said. "Once again we are giving up threes at key times. We are giving up threes to the guys that can make threes."
After trailing 28-27 at the half, Georgetown immediately took a lead at 30-28 off a Smith-Rivera three-pointer just 35 seconds into the half. Marquette retook the lead at 32-30 on a Steve Taylor layup with 18:16 remaining and held it until two Smith-Rivera free throws with 14:53 remaining put the Hoyas on top at 39-38.
It was a lead the Hoyas would increase to as many seven on two occasions and held until the final 10 seconds of regulation.
Over that time Markel Starks scored in about every which way imaginable. NBA distance three-pointers, body-contorting layups, and bank shots were all checked off the list by the senior guard as he and fellow backcourt running mate Smith-Rivera combined to score 28 of the Hoyas 38 points in the second half.
In the first half, the lead changed hands four times and there were four ties as neither team led by more than seven after the Golden Eagles opened the game on a 7-0 run. Starks led all scorers with 10 points as six of the nine Hoyas that saw action scored at least two points.
Georgetown is back in action on Saturday, Jan. 25, visiting new BIG EAST Conference member Creighton for the first time. Tip-off in Omaha is slated for 8 p.m. The game will be shown live on Fox Sports 1 with Gus Johnson and Bill Raftery calling all of the action, and it can be heard locally on Sports Talk 570 AM.
Notes: Markel Starks moved into sole possession of 10th place on the all-time three-point list with his four makes against Marquette - Starks now has 139 for his career ... With four three-pointers against Marquette, D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera entered the Top 25 list at No. 23 with 81 long distance shots ... With a career-high 28 points, Starks now has 963 for his career, good enough for 47th all-time as he continues to close in on the 1,000 point club ... Against Marquette Starks leapfrogged - among others - Greg Monroe, Dikembe Mutombo, and Jessie Sapp.