No. 10 Marquette Uses Late Run to Pull Away from Georgetown, 78-72

Feb. 21, 2009

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - No. 10 Marquette used a 9-2 run late in the second half, hit five free throws in the final minute and pulled away from Georgetown for a 78-72 win over the Hoyas in front of 17,686 fans at Verizon Center Saturday afternoon.

Georgetown falls to 14-11 overall and 5-9 in the BIG EAST Conference, while Marquette improves to 23-4 overall and 12-2 in conference play.

The Hoyas held a 59-58 lead after a pair of free throw from sophomore guard Austin Freeman (Mitchellville, Md./DeMatha), but Marquette used a 9-2 over 2:39 and took a 67-61 lead on a layup from Jimmy Butler with 5:21 to play. The Hoyas cut the lead to four points three times in the final five minutes, but could not get any closer. A layup from freshman guard Jason Clark (Arlington, Va./Bishop O'Connell) with 4:53 to play made it 67-63, but MU pushed the lead back to six on a layup from Jerel McNeal. A pair of free throws from sophomore guard Chris Wright (Bowie, Md./St. John's College H.S. [D.C.]) with 3:57 left made it 69-65, but McNeal again hit a layup to make it 71-65. After two more Wright free throws made it 71-67 with 3:19 to play, Butler hit a layup with 57 seconds left and MU sealed the win with 5-of-6 free throws in the final minute.

The teams went back and forth with four ties and six lead changes in the first half and were tied at 44-all, but freshman center Greg Monroe (New Orleans, La./Helen Cox) gave the Hoyas a 48-44 lead with two-straight baskets to start the half. A jumper from junior forward DaJuan Summers (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) capped an 8-3 run to start the second half and gave the Hoyas their biggest lead of the game, 52-47, with 15:59 to play.

A jumper from Jerel McNeal and one from Lazar Hayward capped off a 6-0 spurt for the Golden Eagles, giving the visitors a 53-52 lead with 12:52 to play in the game. The lead would change hands five times in the ensuing four minutes, with neither team holding more than a one-point lead. One of two free throws from Freeman gave the Hoyas a 59-58 lead with 8:32 to play, but a 9-2 Marquette run gave the Golden Eagles a 67-61 lead.

The Hoyas jumped on top early with a three-pointer from Nikita Mescheriakov (Minsk, Belarus/St. John's Prospect Hall [Md.]) and a jumper from Monroe giving the hosts a 5-2 lead, but Marquette quickly tied it on a three from Matthews. The Golden Eagles extended their lead to six points, 19-13, on another three-pointer from Matthews, but the Hoyas used a 9-0 run over 1:06 and took a 22-21 lead on a three from Summers with 11:54 to play.

Marquette used a 13-5 run over a 5:42 span and took its biggest lead of the half, seven points, 34-27, on a layup from Matthews with 6:12 to play in the half. The Hoyas came right back, using a 12-4 run over 3:16 to take a 39-38 lead on a three-pointer from Summers with 2:56 to play. GU extended its lead to 41-38 on a layup from Monroe and held a 44-41 lead after a three-pointer from senior guard Jessie Sapp (New York, N.Y./National Christian Academy [Md.]), but Hayward hit a three with time running out to send the game into the half tied at 44.

Wright scored 17 points and had four assists to lead four players in double figures, while Freeman added 16 points and five rebounds, Summers chipped in with 12 points and four rebounds and Monroe added 13 points and eight rebounds. The Hoyas shot 50.9 percent from the floor (28-of-55), 44.4 percent from three-point land (8-of-18) and 72.7 percent from the free throw line (8-of-11), but Marquette held a 32-29 advantage in rebounds and committed only six turnovers.

Georgetown continues its homestand on Monday, Feb. 23, hosting Louisville at Verizon Center. Tip-off at The Phonebooth is slated for 7 p.m.



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