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A 93-72 loss to Marquette Wednesday night was just another indication of a lost season for the Georgetown Hoyas.
Locked into the Wednesday Big East bracket, the Hoyas are now out of any reasonable NCAA prognostications and may need two more wins just to make the NIT.
Omer Yurtseven and Mac McClung both sat out the game, and this one was written from the start. The Warriors scored the first seven points of the game and not even an early time out from Patrick Ewing could do much to change the momentum in this one.
Marquette opened with four threes in the first seven minutes while Georgetown shot 2 for 10 with four turnovers to start the game.
Marquette connected on four consecutive shots to take a 22-8 lead at the 12:27 mark, but both teams were ineffective in the next four minutes of play. Following a pair of free throws by Jagan Mosely to close to 26-14, the Warriors responded with a 12-4 run to go up 20, 38-18, but did little in the final four minutes of play, as the Hoyas answered with a 14-5 run to close out the first half trailing 43-32. Georgetown's 37 percent first half shooting was magnified by weakened perimeter defense, as the Warriors shredded the stat sheet with eight threes by halftime compared to just two for Georgetown.
Trailing by as many as 15 early in the half, GU rebounded from a 2 for 7 start in the second period to close to ten, 51-41, on a pair of baskets by Jamorko Pickett. Thirty second later, Pickett took himself out of the game with leg cramps and while he later returned was not a consistent offensive force thereafter.
Enter Markus Howard. The All-American guard scored just seven points in the first half but turned on the gas in Pickett's absence. He led the Warriors on a 17-3 run to put the game out of reach with 11:29 to play, 68-44, and scored 10 straight en route to a 30 point performance on the evening. Even without Howard, MU was largely unopposed from the field, shooting 65 percent in the second half with six more threes. The Warriors led by as many as 29, 90-61, before emptying the bench in the final three minutes.
Despite shooting 41 percent for the game Georgetown was no match for Marquette in any facet of the game. The Hoyas attempted full court presses that were routinely broken up for Marquette dunks, and GU had no good answer to guard Howard anywhere on the court. Three Georgetown three pointers in the final 1:59 closed the gap but did not change the outcome that had all the feeling of being predestined at the start.
Jagan Mosely led all Georgetown scorers with 19, followed by 18 from Jahvon Blair and 12 from Jamorko Pickett. The Hoyas were outrebounded 38-27 and gave up 32 points to Marquette fast breaks.
Here's the Georgetown half of the box score:
MIN 2FG 3FG FT REB A PF PTS
Allen 31 4-8 0-0 0-0 2 4 4 8
Blair 37 3-9 4-9 0-0 4 4 0 18
Mosely 37 4-8 1-2 8-8 6 3 1 19
Pickett 33 3-10 1-3 3-5 5 0 1 12
Wahab 25 2-6 0-0 2-2 4 0 3 6
Ighoefe 15 2-2 0-0 0-1 2 0 2 4
Azinge 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
Muresan 7 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 0
Robinson 12 1-3 1-1 0-0 1 1 0 5
Team Rebounds 2
DNP: McClung, Wilson, Yurtseven
TOTALS 200 19-47 7-15 13-16 27 12 12 72
The DePaul Blue Demons ended an eight game losing streak in a 74-68 win over Georgetown, further diminishing the Hoyas' fading post-season tournament hopes.
It has been a rough stretch for the Blue Demons, who started the season 12-1 and were 1-12 in their last 13 games entering Saturday night at Wintrust Arena. Saturday's game didn't even get a reporter from the Chicago Tribune, who opted for an Associated Press account instead. In the end, the Blue Demons did what too many teams have done to date this season--namely, enjoying their best efforts of the season against the Georgetown Hoyas.
Georgetown started sluggish in this game, prompting coach Patrick Ewing to call two early time outs to shake the cobwebs out of the team, with Jamorko Pickett scoring the only seven points for the Hoyas in the first seven minutes of play. Both teams shot poorly in spurts, and neither was proficient from outside, combining for one three pointer in 11 attempts midway in the first half.
The Blue Demons missed nine straight attempts during a stretch where GU held a 26-24 lead, only to see reserve forward Romeo Weems hit three pointers on three consecutive possessions. Georgetown stayed close at the foul line, hitting 15 of 15 attempts to tie the score at 36 entering halftime.
The Hoyas trailed early in the second half before the offense went to the three point line. GU was just 1 of 8 from three in the first half before catching fire after the break. Threes by Terrell Allen, Jagan Mosely and Jahvon Blair sparked the Hoyas to a nine point run in just over two minutes to pull ahead at the 14:44 mark, 46-45; unfortunately, it was the Hoyas' last threes of the game.
For a DePaul team struggling from outside, its outside shooting came at more opportune times. Down 47-46, DePaul guard Charlie Moore hit a three to give DU the lead at the 11:16 mark, 49-47, and they never trailed thereafter. Georgetown tied the score at 55 with 6:37 to play on a Allen drive and a foul, but Moore hit his second three just 21 seconds later, 58-55.
Off a Jahvon Blair miss from three at the 4:31 mark, Weems answered with a three, 64-57. A basket from Qudus Wahab narrowed the DePaul margin to five, 64-59, but on its next two possession Jamorko Pickett missed a jumper and Jahvon Blair was called for traveling.
Three free throws from Terrell Allen closed the gap to three in the final minute of play, 72-69, before DePaul put the game away for good at the foul line.
With Mac McClung sidelined in a protective boot, the Hoyas were shorthanded once again. Terrell Allen led all Georgetown scorers with 21. Jamorko Pickett had 15 in the first half but only four thereafter following a reported calf injury, while Omer Yurtseven fought off an ankle injury in the first half and shot just 1 for 7 on the evening.
No less discouraging was a 1 for 10 outcome for Jahvon Blair, coming off a 22 point average over his last three games. The Hoyas finished the game shooting just 36 percent from the floor and gave up 20 fast break points to the Blue Demons, who won their second Big East game of the season shooting 45 percent from the floor with 36 of its 74 points in the paint.
With the loss, Georgetown moved to 0-10 on the season when scoring fewer than 71 points.
Additional links follow Thursday morning. Here's the Georgetown half of the box score:
MIN 2FG 3FG FT REB A PF PTS
Allen 37 6-10 1-4 6-6 8 3 3 21
Blair 38 0-3 1-7 1-2 3 1 5 4
Mosely 39 2-2 1-2 6-6 4 2 3 13
Pickett 28 6-12 1-5 4-4 7 1 0 19
Yurtseven 25 1-7 0-0 3-3 8 1 4 5
Ighoefe 9 0-0 0-0 2-2 1 0 0 2
Muresan 6 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 3 0
Robinson 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 0
Wahab 14 2-5 0-0 0-2 4 1 3 4
Team Rebounds 3
DNP: McClung, Azinge, Wilson
TOTALS 200 17-39 4-18 22-25 39 9 22 68
Hoyas falter in key game.
Terrell Allen with 22 points.
Jahvon Blair scores 30 in the win.
Short-handed Hoyas fall late.
Hoyas rally in second half.
Last survivor of 1943 Final Four team.
Hoyas shoot 21% after halftime.
Chicago PG Tyler Beard commits.