No. 19 Georgetown Defeats No. 17 Memphis in Overtime
Dec. 13, 2008
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The No. 19 Georgetown University men's basketball team went 4-for-5 from the floor in overtime, outscoring No. 17 Memphis, 13-4, in the extra period to hold on for its 26th-consecutive home victory on Saturday afternoon. Junior forward DaJuan Summers (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) scored a team-high 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead four players in double figures. The win improves Georgetown's record to 7-1 overall, while Memphis falls to 5-2.
Both teams missed their first chances for baskets in the overtime period and Summers put GU ahead with 1-of-2 free throws before a jumper from freshman guard Jason Clark (Arlington, Va./Bishop O'Connell) gave the Hoyas a 69-66 lead. Memphis freshman Tyreke Evans hit a jumper to make it 69-68 with 1:53 to play, but Georgetown scored 10 of the final 12 points to close out the win. A layup from Summers and a jumper from sophomore guard Chris Wright (Bowie, Md./St. John's College H.S. [D.C.]) pushed the lead to 73-70 with 1:05 to play and a free throw from sophomore guard Austin Freeman (Mitchellville, Md./DeMatha) made it 74-70. Evans missed a three with 20 seconds left and freshman center Greg Monroe (New Orleans, La./Helen Cox) hit two free throws with 12 seconds left. A three-pointer from senior guard Jessie Sapp (New York, N.Y./National Christian Academy [Md.]) provided the final margin.
Memphis' Shawn Taggart tipped in a missed shot from Evans with 4.1 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 66-all and a half-court heave from Wright was off the mark. The Hoyas had taken a 65-64 lead on a pair of Wright free throws with 2:58 to play and extended the lead to 66-64 when Freeman hit 1-of-2 shots, but the Tigers extended the game with Dozier's put-back.
The second half of the game was as closely contested as the first. The Hoyas trailed by a point at the break and the second half featured nine ties and 11 lead changes. Neither team held more than a three-point lead in the final 20 minutes of the game. Memphis took a 40-37 lead on a layup from Evans on the opening play on the second half and Georgetown took its biggest lead, 48-44, after a layup from Wright and free throws from Summers gave the hosts a 48-44 lead. The Tigers quickly came back, using a 9-2 spurt over 1:44 to take a 53-50 lead on a jumper from Doneal Mack with 13:20 to play. Consecutive layups from Wright tied the score at 54 and Summers converted a three-point play, scoring in the lane and making the ensuing free throw to put GU in front, 57-54.
Shawn Taggart's three-pointer with 10:19 on the clock pulled Memphis even before Evans' three-pointer put the Tigers back in front. Summers and Monroe each scored to put Georgetown back in front, as the teams continued to trade leads down the stretch.
The first half was closely contested with six ties and seven lead changes. A pair of free throws from Clark with 28 seconds left in the half pulled the Hoyas to within one point, 38-37. It was only the second time in the last 26 games, dating back to the 2006-07 season, that Georgetown trailed at the end of the first half (29-28, Villanova, Feb. 11, 2008).
Georgetown led 9-8 after a layup from Summers, but the Tigers went on a 9-2 run over 2:19 and opened up a 17-11 lead on a tip-in from Evans with 11:37 to play. Georgetown, however, responded and used a 10-0 run over 2:03 to take a 27-17 lead on a three-pointer from sophomore guard Omar Wattad (Johnson City, Tenn./Science Hill). The Hoyas held a 23-19 lead after Summers hit a pair of free throws with 7:53 to play, but the Tigers tied the game at 23-all on a Witherspoon tip-in and then out-scored GU 8-2 over a span of 3:09, taking a 31-26 lead on a dunk from Taggart. The lead was still five points, 33-28, after Evans hit two free throws, but Freeman hit a layup and followed with a three-pointer to tie the game. Dozier hit a three to give Memphis a 38-35 lead, but Clark's free throws pulled the Hoyas to within one point.
Summers scored 21 points, grabbed seven rebounds and blocked three shots to lead GU, while Freeman added 18 points and five boards, Wright scored 14 and had three assists and Monroe chipped in 13 points, six boards, three assists and three blocked shots.
Georgetown takes the week off for final exams and continues its five-game homestand with a game on Saturday, Dec. 20 against Mount St. Mary's.