No. 11 Georgetown Drops Contest to Old Dominion, 61-57
Dec. 19, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) - Old Dominion spoiled Georgetown's annual game at McDonough Arena again, capitalizing on 18 turnovers in a 61-57 win Saturday night and handing the No. 11 Hoyas their first loss of the season.
Ben Finney had 13 points, five rebounds and three steals for the Monarchs (7-4), who ruined a snow day for stir-crazy students at Georgetown's intimate on-campus building.
The game was played despite a record December snowstorm that brought the nation's capital to a virtual standstill, and the Hoyas (8-1) looked as cold as the outside temperature when they tallied nine turnovers and only nine points in the first 13 minutes.
Georgetown usually plays one game a year in its 2,400-seat gymnasium, and it was usually a sure victory - until Old Dominion stunned the Hoyas 75-62 at McDonough three years ago.
This time, the preseason favorite to win the Colonial Athletic Association never trailed and led by 18 with 14:20 to play.
The Hoyas rallied to cut the lead to 59-57 on Greg Monroe's two free throws with 1:16 remaining, but Frank Hassell's tip-in with 41 seconds left ended a 3 1/2 minute drought for the Monarchs and wound up being the final points scored in the game.
Old Dominion turned the ball back over to Georgetown, but Austin Freeman missed a pair of 3-pointers in the final 15 seconds.
Monroe finished with 15 points and seven rebounds for the Hoyas, who shot only 14 for 22 from the free throw line. Julian Vaughn had 13 points but also committed five turnovers, and Freeman had 13 points and three turnovers.