Georgetown-Villanova, Tennessee-Rutgers: When Every Second Counts

Ben HarrisCorrespondent IFebruary 12, 2008

Let’s start with a look at Big East matchup of No. 6 Georgetown and the struggling Villanova Wildcats.  

The Hoyas, coming off of an upset against then-unranked Louisville Cardinals, hosted the 14-8 Wildcats who shut down Roy Hibbert and Jonathan Wallace, holding the two to just 28 points combined.

However, the Hoyas could not shutdown sophomore star Scottie Reynolds who threw down 24 points along with two boards.  

With less than 10 ticks on the clock, the game was tied at 53.  Nova launched a desperate shot but missed the mark.  

Wildcats and Hoyas were spread on the floor fighting for the ball.  Finally it rolled out to Jonathan Wallace.  He attempted a surge down the court on the left sideline, but was “fouled” by Corey Stokes of Villanova.

This occurred with just 0.1 seconds on the clock.

Wallace admits he thought he had stepped out of bounds and that the call would come against his team.  But no, a blocking foul was called, sending the best free-throw shooter on the Georgetown squad (82.5% in his career) to the line.  Wallace made both free throws and won the game for the Hoyas.

Now over to the Women’s side of things.  No. 2 Tennessee played host to No. 7 Rutgers Scarlet Knights in a matchup bringing together two of the greatest coaches in women’s college hoops.

C. Vivian Stringer of Rutgers and Pat Summitt faced off in a battle of the games top 10 players.  With five and a half seconds left on the clock, and Rutgers up 58-57, Candace Parker pulled down a rebound but could not score.  

The ball landed in the hands of Nicky Anosike who shot the ball as she was being dragged down and the clock expired.  There was initially a foul called on Rutgers, but the refs looked the play over. There had apparently been a malfunction in their clock system which stopped at 0.2 seconds for 1.3 seconds.  

The refs, however, still ruled in favor of a foul and Anosike took her two foul shots.  She calmly drained both free throws, giving her team the victory, 59-58.


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