Temple 68, Georgetown 65
The Georgetown Hoyas lost their first game of the season last Thursday night in Philadelphia to the Temple Owls.
Despite four of their five starters scoring in double-figures, the Hoyas played from behind the entire evening—their quest to remain undefeated ending when Austin Freeman's three-pointer failed to drop with two seconds left.
A tie was as close as the Hoyas got all night—56-56 at 6:13 of the second half. Georgetown was forced to play catch-up from the outset as Temple rattled off a 6-0 lead to start the game and set the tempo. The Owls led by 11 at one point in the first half and took a 39-32 lead into the break.
The Hoyas came out of the locker room determined to trim the deficit and rolled off five straight points to narrow the gap to two, 39-37. The Owls recovered and kept the Hoyas at bay for most of the period, until Chris Wright's second free throw with just over six minutes left finally tied the game.
Owls' junior guard Ramone Moore—who led the floor with 30 points—came right back, though, and sank a three-pointer to give Temple the lead for good.
With a minute left and the score 66-63, Georgetown forced a turnover and senior forward Julian Vaughn made a layup to make it a one-point game. The Hoyas had a chance to take the lead, but Hollis Thompson missed inside with seven seconds to go. Temple recovered the ball and Austin Freeman fouled the Owls' Rahlir Jefferson who proceeded to make both free throws and give Temple the lead 68-65. That was how it ended after Freeman's desperation shot missed.
Georgetown fell to 8-1. Temple upped their record to 6-2.
Georgetown 89, Appalachian State 60
On Sunday, it was Georgetown's turn to lead from start to finish as they pounded the overmatched Appalachian State Mountaineers by 29. Starting guard Jason Clark led the Hoyas with 15 points as all 13 Hoyas who entered the game scored. Freshman forward Nate Lubick was hot off the bench with 11 points, seven rebounds and two assists.
Georgetown jumped out to a 4-0 lead to start the game and never looked back. At 13:51 of the first half, the Hoyas extended the lead to double-figures, 16-5.
Meanwhile, the Georgetown defense made its presence known, holding the Mountaineers to just 11 points over the first 10 minutes of the game.
After being down by as many as 17 in the first period, the Mountaineers managed to cut the lead to nine, 41-32, at the half.
But the Hoyas came out of the gate fast, scoring the first seven of the second half, quickly grabbing a 16-point lead.
At 14:23 of the second period, App State junior guard Marcus Wright slam dunked to bring the Mountaineers to within 12—the closest they would get for the remainder of the game.
Three minutes later, the Hoyas were enjoying a 21-point lead. From that point on Georgetown would keep a minimum 19-point distance between they and the Mountaineers. The final score, 89-60, was the Hoyas' largest lead of the night.
Georgetown moved to 9-1. Appalachian Sate fell to 3-4.
Georgetown vs. Loyola (MD), Sat Dec .18 at 12PM
Georgetown @ No. 19 Memphis, Thu Dec. 23 at 8PM
The Georgetown Hoyas have been playing for 103 years. Here are the Hoyas' top 15 scoring leaders of all time:
1. Eric Floyd..................2,304 (1978-82)
2. Patrick Ewing.............2,184 (1981-85)
3. Reggie Williams.........2,117 (1983-87)
4. Alonzo Mourning.........2,001 (1988-92)
5. Othella Harrington.......1,839 (1992-96)
6. David Wingate............1,781 (1982-86)
7. Mike Sweetney...........1,750 (2000-03)
8. Kevin Braswell............1,735 (1998-02)
9. Derrick Jackson..........1,673 (1974-78)
10. Mark Tillmon.............1,598 (1986-90)
11. John Duren...............1,587 (1976-80)
12. Brandon Bowman......1,548 (2002-06)
13. Allen Iverson.............1,539 (1994-96)
14. Gerald Riley..............1,485 (2000-04)
15. Roy Hibbert...............1,476 (2004-08)