Throughout the off-season, the convention wisdom held that Georgetown would only be as good as its three veteran guards, seniors Austin Freeman and Chris Wright, and junior Jason Clark. After a slow start, the three showed their worth as they led Georgetown to a hard-fought 62-59 victory over Old Dominion in Norfolk, Va. On Nov.12.
Wright led the team with 19, Clark had 18 and Freeman added 17 for the victorious Hoyas, who at one point looked like they were going to have trouble scoring 50 points. At halftime, the squad only had 19 points, shooting 1-11 from behind the three-point arc. However, that all changed down the stretch as the guards stepped up their play..
“That was the plan,” Wright joked with reporters following the win. “It just happened like that. We all have a lot of confidence. If you have an open shot, you’re going to take it. That goes for everyone on the team.”
It was a tough pill to swallow for the Monarchs who’d beaten the Hoyas two out of the last three contests coming into the game. They blew eight-point leads on two different occasions in the second half in the first game of the season for last season’s Colonial Athletic Association champs.
“I wouldn’t say it’s demoralizing, but it’s tough to deal with when the game is going back and forth, then they just started raining them in,” said Old Dominion forward Keyon Carter. “Those shots hurt, when you’re playing 35 seconds of tough defense, and the guy just kind of heaves one up.”
The key stretch of the game took place after a free-throw by Old Dominion’s Darius James put his squad up eight with 6:21 to play in the second half. Georgetown, sparked by two consecutive three-pointers by Freeman, including one in which he drew a foul, went on a 13-2 run to take a 54-51 lead.
The Monarchs were able to cut the lead to one on two made free-throws by Ben Finney with 1:12 to go, but Clark nailed a three with 46 seconds left to give Georgetown breathing room.
Old Dominion did have an opportunity to tie the game at the end, but a last-second heave from just inside half-court by James fell off the mark.
Key Players: Georgetown’s three guards Wright Freeman and Clark finished with a combined 54 including the team’s final 31.
Old Dominion’s Frank Hassell and Ben Finney both finished with 13 points and grabbed a combined 18 rebounds.
Next Up: Georgetown hosts Tulane on Nov. 15 while Old Dominion hosts High Point.