No. 7 Georgetown Falls on the Road in BIG EAST Loss to Rutgers, 71-68
Feb. 14, 2010
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Sophomore center Greg Monroe (New Orleans, La./Helen Cox) scored 19 points, had eight rebounds, six assists and four blocks and No. 7 Georgetown fought back from an 8-point deficit in the second half to take a 1-point lead late in the game, but Dane Miller tipped in a missed shot and the Scarlet Knights hit four free throws in the final 15 seconds to seal a 71-68 win over the Hoyas in front of 6,225 at the Louis Brown Athletic Center.
Junior guard Austin Freeman (Mitchellville, Md./DeMatha) added 17 points and five rebounds for Georgetown, who falls to 18-6 overall and 8-5 in the BIG EAST, while Rutgers improved to 13-12 overall and 3-9 in league play.
The Hoyas trailed by one at the half, 33-32, by eight in early the second half, 44-36, and by five, 63-58, with 4:07 to play, but inched back and took a 66-65 lead with 51 seconds left on layups from Monroe. Miller tipped in a missed shot from Mike Rosario with 19 seconds left and a 3-pointer from guard Chris Wright (Bowie, Md./St. John's College HS) gave RU the ball back. Miller hit two free throws with 10 seconds left to make it 69-66 the Hoyas pulled to within one on free throws from Freeman, but Jonathan Mitchell, who scored a game-high 24 points, hit two more with four seconds left to make it 71-68. A three-pointer from Freeman at the buzzer was off the mark.
A layup from Mitchell had given Rutgers a 63-58 lead with 4:08 to play, but consecutive layups from Freeman and Wright pulled the Hoyas to within a point, 63-62. Two free throws from James Beatty gave RU a 65-62 lead before Monroe hit two layups to set up the final dramatic minute.
Georgetown trailed by one point, 33-32, at the half, but Rutgers came out on fire in the second half and used an 11-4 spurt over the first 2:31, keyed by two 3-pointers from Mitchell, to take a 44-36 lead on a 3-pointer from Mike Rosario. GU scored 6-straight points and pulled to within two points, 44-42, on a layup from Freeman. Free throws from Rosario and one from Mike Coburn pushed the lead back to three points, 47-44, but a conventional three-point play from Monroe tied the game at 47-all. After rebounding a missed Rutgers shot, freshman guard Hollis Thompson (Los Angeles, Calif./Loyola) gave Georgetown the lead back and capped a 13-3 run with a tip-in, giving the Hoyas a 49-47 lead. Rutgers would use a 7-0 run over 1:05 and took a 54-49 lead on a three-point play from Hamady Ndiaye. After a layup from Freeman knocked the lead to three points, Ndiaye hit another layup to push the lead to 56-51. A free throw from Monroe and a layup from Freeman narrowed the gap to two points, 58-56, but Rosario responded with a 3-pointer giving the Scarlet Knights a 61-56 lead.
It was a closely contested first half with Rutgers holding on to a one-point lead, 33-32, after a 3-pointer from freshman forward Jerrelle Benimon (Warrenton, Va./Fauquier) was ruled to be a 2-pointer.
Rutgers had jumped to a quick lead in the first half, with a layup from Mitchell giving the Scarlet Knights a 7-2 advantage. The Hoyas responded with a 7-2 spurt over 2:16 and tied the game at 9-all on a 3-pointer from Monroe with 14:43 to play in the half.
The lead changed hands five times over the next four minutes, the last when Georgetown led by one point, 16-15, after a layup from Freeman with 10:01 to play. Trailing by one, Rutgers used a 9-2 run, capped by a 3-pointer from Mitchell, to take a 24-18 lead with 7:19 to play. The Hoyas responded with an 8-0 run and took a 26-24 lead after back-to-back 3-pointers from Thompson. A layup from Monroe gave the Hoyas a 28-26 lead, but baskets Dane Miller and Austin Johnson gave the hosts a 2-point advantage. Sophomore Jason Clark (Arlington, Va./Bishop O'Connell) tied the game at 30-all with a jumper, but Miller's three gave RU a 33-30 lead.
GU shot 50.9 percent from the floor (29-of-57) and was 30.8 percent from 3-point land (4-of-13) and 60.0 percent from the line (6-of-10). The Hoyas out-rebounded RU, 34-29, but committed 14 turnovers. Wright added six points, three rebounds, two assists and three steals, while Clark added eight points and six rebounds and junior Julian Vaughn (Vienna, Va./Oak Hill Academy) finished with six points and three boards.
Georgetown returns home on Thursday, Feb. 18, hosting No. 2 Syracuse at Verizon Center. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. The game will be shown live on ESPN2, with Dan Shulman, Dick Vitale and Erin Andrews calling the action. Rich Chvotkin's radio call can be heard locally on ESPN 980 AM.