Late 3s Help Georgetown Down Missouri

         The "fastest 40 minutes of basketball" actually became the fastest 45 minutes of basketball, as a late 3-pointer by Hoya point guard Chris Wright extended the game into an extra period. In a week highlighted by the ACC/Big Ten challenge when Michigan State takes on Duke and North Carolina and Illinois are battling it out, a matchup of two Top 25 teams was lost in the mix. An early season test had both teams undefeated- Georgetown 6-0 and Missouri a perfect 5-0. It was three 3-pointers; all by guard Jason Clark led the Hoyas to victory in a high-scoring, high-energy affair.

        Tiger point guard, Michael Dixon, had a career-best 17 points, but was doubting his performance after the game as he hit only one of two foul shots with 14.1 seconds left to give Missouri a 94-91 lead, only to have Wright knockdown a 3 to tie the game with one second on the clock. In overtime, Jason Clark took over, knocking down all three of his 3-point attempts, while Chris Wright iced the win with four free-throws. Another Missouri guard, Marcus Denmon had a career-high 27 points in the game, but missed some free-throws down the stretch, 3 of 4 in the final 19 seconds, to keep the Hoyas alive.

        Preseason Big East Player of the Year, Austin Freeman had 31 points for the Hoyas, leading all scorers. He knocked down six shots from behind the arc, while his teammates hit another nine 3s, giving the Hoyas a total of 15 3s. More impressively, Georgetown was a perfect 18-for-18 from the charity stripe.

By President Corey Ruff - 12-1-10