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Georgetown vs. Cincinnati: Chris Wright suffers broken hand in Hoyas' 58-46 loss
Not having Wright down the stretch, though, was devastating. Although he was 0 for 6 with two points at the time he was hurt, Wright had been Georgetown's most productive player of late, averaging 21.7 points in the previous three contests.
Even after Wright took a seat at the end of the bench, an ice pack on his hand and a wearing a warmup, Georgetown still threatened to make a game of it late. A three-pointer by Vee Sanford with four minutes remaining trimmed the Cincinnati lead to 48-40.
But a fluky three pointer by Rashad Bishop - it banked in off the glass as the shot clock expired - put the Bearcats ahead 51-40 with 3:01 remaining.
"That was frustrating to see that," Freeman said. "We were playing good 'D.' "
Georgetown never recovered.
The Hoyas' biggest concern entering the game was coping with Cincinnati's aggressive defense, specifically protecting the ball from a team that leads the conference in forced turnovers.
Those fears were realized early but particularly in the first half as the Bearcats, who mixed a stifling zone defense with an equally suffocating man-to-man, raced out to a 19-8 lead, fueled by a 14-0 run and six Georgetown turnovers. The Hoyas, however, responded with a 14-0 run of their own, sparked by Freeman, and the score was tied 26-26 at halftime.
"You have to give Cincinnati's defensive intensity credit," Thompson said. "In general, definitely in the first half, we were careless with the ball. Just too careless with the ball."
Georgetown couldn't regain that momentum in the second half, missing their first eight shots. Their first field goal was a three-pointer by Hollis Thompson with 9:33 remaining.
"It definitely snowballed from there," Thompson said. "It was a lot of things at one time that went wrong."
The Hoyas will get the chance to redeem themselves when the teams meet again March 5 in Cincinnati. Wright's future, though, was much less clear.
"I don't know what bone," Thompson said of the injury. "We have to see how he feels. I don't know what that means. We'll see."