NCAA Game Summary - Tennessee at Georgetown
(Friday, November 30th)
Final Score: (20) Georgetown 37, Tennessee 36
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Markel Starks scored the go-ahead basket in
a defensive struggle, as No. 20 Georgetown took a 37-36 decision over the
Tennessee Volunteers at the Verizon Center.
During Friday's SEC/Big East Challenge contest, the two teams combined to
shoot just 31-for-90 from the field and neither posted a double-digit scorer.
Starks' jumper with 4:08 left to play proved to be the difference, as neither
team could manage a single point for the remainder of the game.
Greg Whittington, Otto Porter and Mikael Hopkins each chipped in eight points
for the Hoyas (5-1), who shot just 36.4 percent from the field.
The Vols (4-2) got two open looks on their final possession, but Skylar McBee
and Jordan McRae each misfired on 3-pointers to secure the win for Georgetown.
McBee hit two triples earlier and finished with eight points. Trae Golden also
scored eight in the setback for the Volunteers, who had come in winners of two
Unable to penetrate the Hoyas' zone defense, the Vols shot just 7-of-26 from
the field in the opening half on mostly jump shots.
"I don't think we did a very good job of posting up like we wanted to," said
Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin. "But ultimately we need to make shots from
teams playing the zone, we have to a better job of flashing against that
While the Hoyas jumped out to an eight-point lead early, they also had little
success shooting, finishing just 6-of-22 for the half. They failed to convert
easy opportunities inside the paint, missing four layups in the first 15
"Going into halftime, I felt we were getting easy shots that we were missing,"
said Georgetown coach John Thompson III. "I mean we were getting shots at the
rim and it wasn't going in. I don't know whether it was pretty or ugly or
what, but I know I've never been part of a game like that."
After Jabril Trawick scored to put Georgetown up 12-4, the Hoyas were held
without a field goal over the final 10 minutes, giving the Volunteers the
opportunity to take the lead.
Tennessee finally found its groove late and scored the final seven points of
the period, including a buzzer-beating jumper from Golden to give the Vols an
18-16 advantage going into halftime.
Georgetown ripped off an 11-3 run during the early stages of the second half,
taking a 31-23 lead following a jumper from Starks.
However, Tennessee responded with a 9-0 spurt to grab the lead back, as McBee
buried a three to put the Vols on top 32-31 with 8:19 to play.
The teams traded baskets for the next four minutes, with Starks draining a
jumper to put the Hoyas back on top 37-36.
Missed opportunities and turnovers plagued each team from scoring again.
The Vols were unable to grab the lead after turning the ball over on three
straight possessions. McBee air-balled a three-pointer before McRae's triple
bricked off the back rim in the final seconds.
Georgetown's Nate Lubick left the game in the first half with an elbow injury
... The Hoyas will face Texas on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden in the
Jimmy V Classic ... Friday's matchup was just the third time the two
teams have squared off ... Since 2004-05, the Hoyas have a 102-26 record
against teams outside of the Big East ... Georgetown improved to 19-1 at home
dating back to the start of last season.
11/30 23:03:27 ET
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