Wednesday Night's Game
Marquette hands Georgetown first Big East loss of season
Friday, January 8, 2010
MILWAUKEE Reprinted from yesterday's late editions
-- After back-to-back losses to top-10 Big East opponents by razor-thin margins, Marquette entered Wednesday's game against 12th-ranked Georgetown with a point to prove.
And with a dazzling display of long-range shooting, the Golden Eagles handed the Hoyas their first conference loss, 62-59, before a jubilant crowd of 15,984 at Bradley Center.
For the Hoyas, it was death by a thousand three-pointers, with five Marquette players combining to hit 12 shots from beyond the arc.
The star among them was senior guard David Cubillan, who was 6 for 6 from three-point range while muzzling Georgetown's most potent scorer, Chris Wright, on defense.
Despite getting torched by Marquette's three-pointers, Georgetown had a chance to pull out the victory with 20 seconds remaining.
With his team trailing 60-59, junior guard Austin Freeman dribbled the ball up court and got the shot he wanted -- one that, had it gone in, would have plucked a victory from Marquette's clutches in the final 20 seconds for a third consecutive game.
But Freeman's jumper clanged off the rim. And a desperate heave to force overtime by Wright, who was held to nine points on 3-of-8 shooting, fell short.
The loss was all the more dispiriting because Georgetown's game plan had been to prevent Marquette from shooting three-pointers.
But the plan was more easily drawn on a chalkboard than executed. More than half of the 21 shots Marquette made came from beyond the arc.
With a considerable size advantage, Georgetown dominated scoring in the paint (32-6). But Marquette won the rebounding battle -- as honest a gauge of effort as there is in basketball -- 31-28.
And Marquette's scoring leader Lazar Hayward made his 37 minutes count with a great defensive effort on Georgetown's Greg Monroe, making the sophomore center look tentative and awkward with relentless ball pressure.