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Marquette knocks off No. 16 Georgetown
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On January 5, 2013 @ 6:00 pm In All,Wirenews | Comments Disabled
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Greg Whittington calmly made the first two of three free throws to bring No. 16 Georgetown within a point of Marquette with 2.3 seconds to play on Saturday.
Golden Eagles coach Buzz Williams called a timeout, and after the short break, Whittington clanked the front of the rim on the third attempt, allowing Marquette to hang on for a 49-48 victory that snapped the Hoyas’ seven-game winning streak.
With Marquette leading 49-46, Whittington took a pass from Otto Porter on the baseline and was fouled by Trent Lockett on a 3-point attempt.
“I was in extreme help mode,” said Lockett, who acknowledged he was out of position defensively. “I tried to jump at him and he jumped forward when he shot, and it was all bad from there.”
Whittington only had made 62 percent of his free throws this season, but he confidently swished the first two before Williams decided to ice the Georgetown forward.
“The way he stepped up and hit those first two I was, I guess, not so confident he would miss the third one, but I sure was glad he did,” Lockett said.
Lockett grabbed the rebound in the lane and was fouled, but missed two free throws and the game ended without the Hoyas attempting a final shot.
“We had our opportunities today and we just didn’t convert on a few things,” Georgetown coach John Thompson III said. “That’s the Big East. Every game, every possession is important.”
Lockett, a senior forward who transferred from Arizona State, said there was little difference between the teams during the game.
“We both worked so hard and it’s just one little thing, and it’s the difference between us having a great, great night and going into tomorrow, and them having a bad plane ride home tonight,” Lockett said.
Marquette (11-3, 2-0 Big East) lost at Wisconsin-Green Bay on Dec. 19 but since has won four consecutive games, including its conference opener on Tuesday against Connecticut.
“We can lose to a team that’s not really good and we can beat one of the best teams in the nation,” point guard Junior Cadougan said. “It’s our choice. It’s … [For more on Marquette knocks off No. 16 Georgetown to continue strong Big East start, click here.]
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