Georgetown Chokes Away Then Wins the Big East Conference

Georgetown won the regular season Big East Conference crown with their 55-52 win over Louisville. This was Georgetown's second straight regular season Big East title. That's something the Hoyas had never done before, even under John Thompson, Jr.

The Hoyas came close to blowing the game in the final minutes after leading for most of the second half. Sophomore DeJuan Summers came through in the game for Georgetown with the difference-making 3 that gave Georgetown the lead and broke the 52-52 tie with 40 seconds left.

In the first half, it was a defensive battle as both teams spent over 5 minutes without scoring a point. Nothing. Just 5+ minutes of missed shots, turnovers, good defense and no free throws. By the end of the half, though, the Hoyas had a 5 point lead despite shooting below 38%. The Cardinals shot just as poorly, and failed to capitalize on more free throws by only shooting 33% from the free throw line. The Hoyas, though, shot 4-9 on 3s while Louisville was only 1-8.

In the second half, it seemed that Georgetown would blow the game open. They popped out to an 11 point lead in the first 5 minutes. Louisville, though, asserted Pitino's full-court press to force turnovers and rush shots from the normally patient Georgetown team. Louisville finally took the lead with under 4 minutes left, 51-50

Georgetown answered and as both teams resumed their suffocating defensive efforts, Georgetown took better care of the ball and hit half of their shots. Louisville turned the ball over and failed to make 3 different 3-point shots in the final 30 seconds. Poor 3-point shooting was something Cardinals struggled all game.

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