No. 25 Georgetown Rallies, but Falls Short at No. 8 Marquette, 94-82
Jan. 31, 2009
MILWAUKEE, WIS. - Georgetown jumped out to a nine-point lead in the first half and held a three-point lead early in the second half, but No. 8 Marquette used a decisive 17-4 run midway through the second half en route to a 94-82 win over the No. 25-ranked Hoyas in front of 19,041 fans at the Bradley Center.
It is the fifth-straight loss for Georgetown, which falls to 12-8 overall and 3-6 in the BIG EAST Conference, while Marquette improves to 19-2 overall and 8-0 league play.
Junior forward DaJuan Summers (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) tied a season-high with 22 points to lead four players in double figures, while sophomore guard Chris Wright (Bowie, Md./St. John's College [H.S.]) scored 19 points and handed out eight assists, freshman center Greg Monroe (New Orleans, La./Helen Cox) chipped in 13 points and sophomore guard Austin Freeman (Mitchellville, Md./DeMatha0 added 12 point and five rebounds.
Georgetown scored six-straight points early in the second half and wrestled the lead back from Marquette, taking a 50-47 advantage with 16:21 to play on a drive from Wright. The Golden Eagles, however, used a decisive 17-4 run over 4:53 and took 64-54 lead on a put-back basket from Jimmy Butler. Marquette limited Georgetown to only two field goals during that run.
A free throw from Monroe and a three-pointer from Wright cut the lead to 66-58 with 9:30 to play, but a Butler basket and a three-pointer from Wesley Matthews gave the Golden Eagles a 71-58 lead with 8:08 to play. Marquette took its biggest lead, 80-64, on a pair of free throws from Lazar Hayward with 4:59 left.
The Hoyas did not no go down quietly, using a 14-8 spurt - aided by three-pointers from freshman guard Jason Clark (Arlington, Va./Bishop O'Connell), Summers and Sapp - to pull within 88-80 on a Summers drive with 1:25 left to play. Marquette, however, hit 6-of-8 free throws in the final minutes to seal the win.
Tied at 42-all at the break, the Hoyas broke the stalemate with a drive from, taking a 44-42 lead. Marquette, however, scored five-straight points, taking a one-point lead on free throws from Wesley Matthews and extending its margin to three points, 47-44, on a layup from Lazar Hayward with 17:55 to play.
The Hoyas, however, responded, with a basket from Monroe, a dunk from Summers and a drive from sophomore guard Chris Wright (Bowie, Md./St. John's College H.S. [D.C.]) giving GU a 50-47 lead with 16:21 to play.
The Hoyas jumped out to an early lead in the first half, with Summers hitting a pair of three-pointers and scoring on a drive to give GU an leary 8-2 lead. Marquette cut into the gap, pulling to within 11-9 on a pair of free throws from Matthews, but Georgetown went on a 14-7 run over 4:52 and took its biggest lead, 25-16, on a jumper from Wright with 9:26 to play in the half. During the run, sophomore forward Nikita Mescheriakov (Minsk, Belarus/St. John's Prospect Hall [Md.]) scored five points, Wright had four, Summers added a three-pointer and senior guard Jessie Sapp (New York, N.Y./National Christian Academy [Md.].
Marquette used a quick 12-2 run over 2:16 and took its first lead, 28-27, on a three-pointer from Matthews with 6:59 to play, but the Hoyas again responded, with Freeman hitting a three and two layups as Georgetown jumped ahead 34-30 with 5:31 left. The Golden Eagles took the lead back, 35-34, on free throws from Jimmy Butler, but consecutive baskets from Monroe and two free throws from the freshman center gave the Hoyas a 40-38 lead. Summers hit a hook shot in the lane with 1:10 to play to give the Hoyas a 42-39 lead, but Hayward's three with 41 seconds left sent the teams to the break knotted at 42-all.
Georgetown returns home on Tuesday, Feb. 3, hosting Rutgers at Verizon Center. Tip-off for the game at the Phonebooth is slated for 7 p.m. The game will be shown live on MASN and can be heard locally on ESPN 980.