College Basketball Recap: Georgetown (19-12) upsets #16 Marquette (23-8)
The Georgetown Hoyas entered their final regular season game on Saturday needing to pull off a victory agains the #16 Marquette Eagles to keep any dwindling hope of making the NCAA tournament alive. Continuing with their inconsistent, up and down nature this season, the Hoyas pulled up the huge upset, defeating Marquette 86-84.
Marquette came into the game at ten point favorites. They used a buzzer beater before the half to take a one point lead in the locker room. At one point in the second half , the Golden Eagles went on a nine to zero run and seemed to have the game in hand, leading by seven mid-way through the second half. The Hoyas stormed back and the two teams traded three’s at the end with Georgetown hitting its free throws down the stretch to pull of the victory.
The Hoyas were led by big games from their freshman tandem of James Akinjo and Mac McClung. Akinjo scored 25 and McClung at 23 to go with ten points each from Jamorko Picket and Jessie Govan. Marquette was led by Markus Howard with twenty-eight points. Georgetown out shot the Golden Eagles from the field 45% – 34% and from three point range 58% – 39%.
Up next, both teams enter the Big East Conference Tournament. Marquette goes in having lost its last four. They Hoyas enter the tournament looking for some kind of consistency as they haven’t won more than two consecutive games since early December. Georgetown will be the six seed and Marquette the two. Keep an eye on the Maryland Sports Blog for a Big East Tournament Preview.