Georgetown Falls Short After Late Rally at Marquette, 75-73

Markel Starks

Feb. 27, 2014

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WASHINGTON - Georgetown led by three points at the half, saw two starters foul out and trailed by as many as seven points in the second half before cutting the lead to one point with just over a minute to play, but could not connect on a pair of shots in the waning seconds, falling to Marquette, 75-73, on Thursday night.

Georgetown falls to 16-12 overall and 7-9 in the BIG EAST.

Senior guard Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep) scored 24 points and had three assists to lead the Hoyas, while sophomore guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central/Oak Hill) scored 19 points had five rebounds and three assists and junior forward Jabril Trawick (Philadelphia, Pa./Abington Friends) added 14 points, four rebounds and three assists.

The Hoyas fell behind by seven points, 56-49, midway through the second half, but chipped away and cut the lead to 72-71 on a Trawick dunk with 1:17 to play in the game. After a pair of free throws from Davante Gardner made it 74-71, Starks hit two free throws with 1:07 left and cut the lead to 74-73.

Junior forward Mikael Hopkins (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha) is averaging 6.6 points, is second on the team with 5.4 rebounds Senior forward Nate Lubick (Southborough, Mass./St. Marks) is averaging 5.4 points, leads the team with 6.0 rebounds per game and is third on the team with 2.0 assists, while senior guard Aaron Bowen (Jacksonville, Fla./QEA [N.C.]) is contributing 5.6 points and 3.5 rebounds, including 6.6 points and 3.8 rebounds in BIG EAST games.

Leading by three points, 40-37, at the break, Georgetown did not score for the first 5:06 of the second half and Marquette out-scored the Hoyas 8-0 to take a 45-40 lead on a three-pointer from Jake Thomas. A free throw senior guard Aaron Bowen (Jacksonville, Fla./QEA [N.C.]) ended the scoreless drought, but another three-pointer from Thomas pushed the lead to 48-41 with 14:43 to play. After missing the first eight shots of the second half, a layup from senior forward Nate Lubick (Southborough, Mass./St. Marks) cut the lead to 48-45.

Marquette pushed its lead to seven points, 54-47, on free throws from Thomas with 12:31 to play and matched that on free throws from Davante Gardner (56-49) at the 11:31 mark, but the Hoyas responded. As the Golden Eagles got into foul trouble, the Hoyas hit 5-of-6 free throws, with a pair of from Starks at 10:32 cutting the lead to 58-54.

Trailing 63-5 after a three-pointer from Thomas with 8:21 to play, the Hoyas used a 6-1 run - all via free throws, with two apiece from sophomore center Bradley Hayes, Smith-Rivera and Starks - and cut the lead to 64-62 with 6:14 to play.

The Hoyas took a 40-37 lead at the break, with Trawick scoring 12 points and Starks adding 10 as the team connected on 52.0 percent of its shots from the field. The Hoyas led 12-4 at the 15:41 mark after free throws from Trawick and a three-pointer from the junior forward pushed the lead to 15-4. Marquette went on a 16-7 run and cut the lead to 22-20 on a Todd Mayo layup and took a 27-26 lead on a three-pointer from Thomas.

Trailing 34-32 after free throws from Mayo, the Hoyas out-scored Marquette 8-3 over the final 2:22 of the half, with junior forward Mikael Hopkins (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha) hitting a layup and then converting a conventional three-point play to account for five of the points. A three-pointer from Starks gave GU a 40-37 lead.

The Hoyas are back in action again on Tuesday, March 4, hosting BIG EAST Conference rival Creighton at Verizon Center. Tip-off at the team's downtown home is slated for 7 p.m. The Hoyas will honor eight seniors - five players and three managers - in a pregame ceremony. The game will be shown live on Fox Sports 1, with Gus Johnson and Bill Raftery calling all of the action. Fans can tune in to the game locally on Sports Talk 570 AM.



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