Friday, March 12, 2010
Final: Georgetown 80, Marquette 57
By Dana O'Neil
NEW YORK -- Georgetown advanced to the semifinals via an upset. But the fact that the Hoyas are in the Big East tournament finals after an 80-57 win over Marquette isn't a shocker. One of the conferences original members, the Hoyas have made 12 appearances in the title game, including three in the past four years.
They've won a record seven trophies. On Saturday night they'll go for number eight.
Here's how they got there:
Greg Monroe constantly redefines what a big man can do, or at least what extraordinary ones can do. The junior swished a 3-pointer, ran the floor like a gazelle (while dribbling!) dished backdoor passes and blocked shots in a 23-point, 13-rebound, 7-assist and 2-block game that looked almost effortless.
When Monroe wasn't scoring, the Hoyas didn't miss a beat. They simply reconfigured when Marquette tried to pack in on Monroe. Enter Austin Freeman, Jason Clark and Chris Wright, who carried the load through the first part of the second half. Freeman grabbed eight of his 12 points in the second, Clark scored 11 of his 15 and Wright 14 of his 15.
Marquette, which hadn't lost by more than nine all season and lost its 10 previous games by a combined 35 points, ran out of gas. The Golden Eagles mounted one final charge midway through the second half, but then the needle finally reached E. After making it 56-51, Marquette scored just six points in the final 10:50.