Georgetown vs Marquette

Missed free throw gives Marquette upset vs. Hoyas


MILWAUKEE -- Greg Whittington calmly made the first two of three free throws to bring No. 15 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.

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"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 how we come to work every day. Everything depends on our energy."

The Golden Eagles held Georgetown 18 points below their season average of 66 points a game.

"Their offense is so unique," Williams said. "You have to have a very delicate balance in how to prepare for them in how to stop their offense. But you can't become so consumed in what they do that you're not diligent in preparing how to score against them."

Georgetown (10-2, 0-1) lost in its first road game of the season after playing eight home games and three on neutral courts.

Williams said his team won the game due to a 35-26 rebounding advantage.

"It was on the glass," he said. "We had a really strong presence on both ends."

Markel Starks had 14 of his 18 points in the second half while Whittington and Porter added 13 each for the Hoyas.

It was the Hoyas' first game since Dec. 22 and first loss since dropping an 82-72 decision against then-No. 1 Indiana in overtime on Nov. 20.

Gardner was fouled and made one of two free throws to give Marquette the lead for good, 47-46, with 2:01 left.

Georgetown then got two shots off on its next possession, but couldn't score.

Vander Blue drove the lane for Marquette, but was called for an offensive foul with 24.6 seconds left.

The Golden Eagles opened their biggest lead of the second half, 32-27, on two free throws by Gardner with 13:42 left.

The Hoyas went on a 9-4 run and tied it at 36 on Porter's 3-pointer with 10:16 to go.

Blue scored 10 points in the first half and Marquette led 20-19 at halftime despite making only 7 of 27 shots.

Each team played stifling defense in the opening minutes of the game and neither team could score consistently. Marquette missed 11 of its first 13 shots and Georgetown missed 10 of its first 12.

The game was between two schools that announced last month they would be leaving the Big East to form a new conference.

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Markel Starks scores 14 of his 18 points in the second half for Marquette in its win over Georgetown. (US Presswire)
Markel Starks scores 14 of his 18 points in the second half for Marquette in its win over Georgetown. (US Presswire)
Georgetown #15 (10-2)192948
Marquette (11-3) «202949
GTOWN:M. Starks 18 Pts
GTOWN:G. Whittington 8 Reb
GTOWN:M. Starks 7 Ast
MARQET:V. Blue 12 Pts
MARQET:T. Lockett 10 Reb
MARQET:J. Cadougan 6 Ast

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Markel Starks
Trent Lockett
Georgetown Hoyas
M. Starks, G387-122-227118
O. Porter, F385-132-260213
G. Whittington, F384-93-583313
N. Lubick, F320-20-04240
M. Hopkins, F182-60-32024
J. Trawick, G250-20-02240
D. Smith-Rivera, G110-20-01000
M. Ayegba, CDid Not Play
A. Bowen, FDid Not Play
J. Caprio, GDid Not Play
T. Adams, CDid Not Play
B. Bolden, CDid Not Play
B. Hayes, CDid Not Play
D. Allen, GDid Not Play
S. Domingo, FDid Not Play
Totals 18-467-1225141648
Marquette Golden Eagles
V. Blue, G354-102-211112
T. Lockett, G313-52-410239
J. Cadougan, G311-100-03622
J. Wilson, F254-60-06018
C. Otule, C141-10-01002
D. Gardner, F262-38-1070112
J. Anderson, F130-11-24031
T. Mayo, G121-50-01213
D. Wilson, G90-20-01200
J. Thomas, G20-10-00000
S. Taylor, Jr., F20-00-00100
J. Ferguson, GDid Not Play
D. Flood, GDid Not Play
Totals 16-4413-1834141249
Big East
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Seton Hall4-215-411
St. Johns0-710-974
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PITT 62 Final
RUT 67
PUR 61 Final
WAKE 62 Final
SETON 74 Final
ND 93
OKST 67 Final
KSU 73
UNO 44 Final
OHST 55 Final
ILL 74
IAST 66 Final
BUCK 64 Final
NCST 78 Final
BC 73
SJU 53 Final
UTAH 57 Final
GONZ 81 Final