Georgetown Hoyas Pull off Thrilling Comeback Versus Marquette

David DietzContributor IIIJanuary 4, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 4:  Jason Clark #21 and Hollis Thompson #1 of the Georgetown Hoyas celebrate a win after a college basketball game against the Marquette Golden Eagles  on January 4, 2012 at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC  The Hoyas won 73-70..  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
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There is no quit in this young Hoyas team. Down 17 midway through the second half, the Hoyas looked lifeless. The defense was porous, the offense inept and the crowd near silent.

Trailing 56-39 with 13 minutes to play the game, and Georgetown's 10-game winning streak appeared over. 

The Hoyas veteran leaders had other ideas. A Jason Clark three sparked a 27-10 run that lasted just over 10 minutes capping off a thrilling comeback and cementing Georgetown's status as en elite Big East squad and national power. 

Slowly working its way back into the game, Georgetown relied on tenacious pressure, clutch shooting by upperclassmen Jason Clark and Hollis Thompson and crafty all-around play by Henry Sims.

With the freshmen providing smothering defense to compliment the timely scoring, the Hoyas came away with another huge Big East win.

Winners of 11 in a row for the first time since their Final Four run five years ago, Georgetown has now beaten four straight ranked teams, including two top 25 conference opponents. 

At 13-1 (3-0 Big East) the Hoyas are off to their best start since the days off Jeff Green and Roy Hibbert and have vaulted to the top of the standings thanks to a mix of veteran leadership and youthful exuberance.

Clawing their way back into the game, Georgetown relied on 27 second half points by their seniors Jason Clark and Henry Sims, yet it was the defense of freshmen Jabril Trawick and Greg Whittington that provided the biggest boost.

After surrendering 43 first half points and being unable to stop Darius Johnson-Odom, Whittington and Trawick came off the bench to limit Marquette's leading scorer and stymie the Golden Eagles offense.

Coach Thompson had so much faith in his underclassmen that for long stretches during the second half Georgetown played four freshmen along with Jason Clark. 

The result was another stirring win for a team that is playing well beyond its years. With perhaps his deepest and most versatile team in his eight years at Georgetown, the sky is the limit for John Thompson's group who is making a mockery of the pundits who picked Georgetown to finish 10th, not in the country but the Big East. 

Playing together and displaying a confidence that they belong, the Hoyas have once again proved that no obstacle or deficit is too much to overcome. Before the season few though that this year's team would be capable of tying John Thompson's longest winning streak during his tenure at Georgetown. Now anything is possible. 

Next up for the Hoyas is a visit to West Virginia where they will try to win their 12th in a row.