Austin Freeman (File Photo)
Feb. 23, 2010
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - On Tuesday night in Louisville, you could call it Freeman Hall. In the penultimate game at Louisville's legendary Freedom Hall, junior guard Austin Freeman (Mitchellville, Md./DeMatha) scored 24 of his game-high 29 points in the second half as No. 11 Georgetown shot 59.1. percent in the second half en route to a 70-60 win over the Cardinals in front of 19,917 fans.
Georgetown improves to 19-7 overall and 9-6 in the BIG EAST, while Louisville falls to 18-10 and 9-6 in league play.
Freeman connected on 9-of-12 shots from the field, including 7-of-8 in the second half and all five of his 3-pointers to finish with 29 points, four rebounds and four assists. It was the second time this season that Freeman scored at least 20 points in the second half, including a 72-69 win over Connecticut on Jan. 9 when he scored 28 of his 33 points in the second half. Sophomore center Greg Monroe (New Orleans, La./Helen Cox) scored 16 points and grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds for his 10th double-double of the season.
The Hoyas had trailed by six points at the half, but an Austin Freeman run at the start of the second half quickly turned things around. Freeman sandwiched a layup around two 3-pointers as Georgetown turned a 35-29 deficit into a 37-35 lead over the first 1:40 of the second half, forcing Louisville to call a timeout.
After the timeout, the Hoyas continued to score using a 13-0 run over 7:32 to take a 53-38 lead on a 3-pointer from Freeman. That capped a 24-3 run over the first 9:52 of the second half.
Junior forward Julian Vaughn (Vienna, Va./Oak Hill Academy) started the run with a layup, Freeman scored on a jumper, freshman forward Jerrelle Benimon (Warrenton, Va./Fauquier) took a great feed from Monroe for a layup, Monroe hit a layup and Freeman capped it with free throws and the 3-pointer.
Louisville pulled to within nine points, 53-44, on a jumper from Rakeem Buckles, but Sophomore guard Jason Clark (Arlington, Va./Bishop O'Connell) responded with a 3-pointer and Vaughn hit a layup to push the lead back to 14 points, 58-44, with 6:12 to play.
After the Hoyas pushed the lead to 15 points, 64-49, on a four-point play from Freeman, the Cardinals scored eight straight points to knock the lead to 64-57 with 1:58 left, but Freeman (2-of-2) and Wright (4-of-4) hit six free throws in the final 1:12 to seal the win.
Georgetown trailed 35-29 at the break after shooting only 37.0 percent from the field and falling behind by as many as 11 points in the early going. Louisville had an 11-3 lead after a layup from Sosa and widened the gap to 11 points, 16-5, on a three-pointer from Reginald Delk.
The Hoyas used a 10-3 run over 3:13 and pulled to within 18-15 on a 3-pointer from freshman guard Hollis Thompson (Los Angeles, Calif./Loyola). The run was started on a conventional three-point play from Freeman and consecutive layups from Monroe. A three-pointer from Sosa increased Louisville's lead to 21-15 and a Thompson trey made it 23-20. Free throws from Delk and a basket from Samuels made it 27-20, but the Hoyas twice pulled to within four points, first on a layup from Benimon, 30-26, and then on a layup from Monroe (32-28). Georgetown would not hit a field goal in the final 4:07 and went into the half trailing by six points, 35-29.
Georgetown returns home on Saturday, Feb. 27, hosting Notre Dame at Verizon Center. Tipoff at the Phonebooth is slated for noon. The game will be shown live on CBS, with Tim Brando and Mike Gminski calling the action. It can be heard locally on ESPN 980 AM.
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