By Tarik El-Bashir
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, March 6, 2011; 11:55 PM
Austin Freeman was named to the all-Big East first team, and teammate Chris Wright earned third team honors Sunday, giving the slumping Georgetown men's basketball team some good news during an otherwise tough stretch.
Freeman was the league's fifth-highest scorer, averaging 17.8 points per game in the regular season while shooting 49.1 percent from the floor.
The senior shooting guard scored a game-high 21 points for No. 17 Georgetown in Cincinnati, but the Hoyas fell for the third consecutive game Saturday, 69-47. It marked the 11th time that Freeman scored at least 20 points this season.
Freeman, who was also the conference's third best free throw shooter (86.7 percent), was joined on the first team by Kemba Walker (Connecticut), Ben Hansbrough (Notre Dame), Ashton Gibbs (Pittsburgh), Marshon Brooks (Providence) and Dwight Hardy (St. John's).
The first-team selections comprised the league's top six scorers; Hansbrough was the only unanimous choice as voted by the conference's coaches.
Player and coach of the year honors will be announced Tuesday.
While Freeman's place in Georgetown's history already is secured, the DeMatha product can continue to climb the school's all-time list. He needs five points to pass Kevin Braswell for eighth, 20 to overtake Mike Sweetney and 51 to pass David Wingate for sixth.
There's also no doubting how much Wright has meant to the Hoyas, who have not won since the senior point guard broke his left hand late last month, going 0-3. He was the team's second-leading scorer, averaging 13.1 points, and was third in the conference in assists with 5.36 per game.
Wright led Georgetown in scoring seven times.
The Hoyas open the postseason Wednesday at noon at Madison Square Garden and will face the winner of the DePaul-Connecticut first-round matchup.