With eight seconds left in regulation tonight, Boston College led Georgetown by three points. The Hoyas had no timeouts left; only an Eagle foul following a basket could send the teams into overtime.
With one second left, BC Coach Tom Davis stood on the sideline, screaming at his players. "Leave him alone," Davis yelled, "don't touch him."
It was too late. Mike Frazier, the only 7-foot player in Georgetown's history, tipped the ball in following John Duren's desperate shot. Frazier was fouled by freshman Burnett Adams. Frazier hit the free throw and Georgetown went on to win, 97-92 in overtime before 4,200 disbelieving fans.
Boston College led by eight points, 73-65, with 1:09 left in regulation, by six, 77-71, with 33 seconds left. But Georgetown put together a scorching fast break and some muscle on defense and cut the lead to three, calling timeouts after every basket. Regulation ended 80-80.
"This is one of the greatest wins of my eight years here," said Georgetown Coach John Thompson, whose team improved to 14-5. "We had every reason to quit and didn't. These kids truly gutted it out."
Sophomore Eric Smith took charge for the Hoyas in the overtime, converting six of seven free-throw attempts. Georgetown outscored the host team, 17-12, in the extra five-minute session, 13 coming on 15 shots from the charity stripe.
The aftereffects of this game will live on in the minds of each team.For BC, which dropped to 13-6, there was the 49-41 halftime lead, helped in part by Thompson. His first of two technicals followed an Adams basket. Jim Sweeney hit the free throw, and Adams scored again after the Eagles took the ball out following the foul shot.
The game that started so slowly (20 points in the first 10 minutes), opened up like a truck on a highway. The teams totaled 60 points in the next 10 minutes.
The pace continued into the second half. Georgetown seemed to forget its fundamentals and played street ball while BC worked its fast break. With 17:33 left in the second half, Thompson drew his second technical, converted by Sweeney to give BC a seven-point lead, 50-43.
Georgetown did not die.
"I absolutely can't understand how we could have blown that lead," said Davis. "The referee was 10 feet from the basket when he called the foul on Burnett Adams at the end of regulation. We got beat by a fine club, they didn't need any help."
By the end, Georgetown's Craig Shelton had fouled out along with Frazier and Terry Fenlon. However, Eric (Sleepy) Floyd took control midway through the second half and finished with 24 points.
It was Georgetown's third overtime game this year, the second against BC. Last time, Vin Caraher hit the final shot to beat the Hoyas in Madison Square Garden.