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Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Georgetown 80, Seton Hall 75

By Kieran Darcy

NEWARK, N.J. -- A quick take on Seton Hall's 80-75 loss to No. 23 Georgetown at the Prudential Center on Tuesday night.

WHAT IT MEANS: Seton Hall drops to 8-11 overall, and 2-5 in the Big East. The Pirates made a valiant comeback effort in the second half, but coughing it up at the end will hurt even more than a more typical loss.

Georgetown improves to 14-5 overall, and 3-4 in the Big East.

ROLLER COASTER: This was a matchup of the No. 3 team in America in field goal shooting percentage (Georgetown) and the No. 287 team (Seton Hall) -- and it played out that way in the first half. Georgetown shot 59.3 percent, Seton Hall 34.4 -- the Hoyas led by seven at the break, and they really should have been up more.

The second half was an entirely different story. After Georgetown extended to a 10-point lead early, Seton Hall raced out on a 19-2 run, and led by as many as seven on multiple occasions. But Georgetown was able to tie it back up at 73 with 1:25 remaining, on a Julian Vaughn lay-in.

From there, Seton Hall had its chances. Jeremy Hazell missed a jumper and Eniel Polynice missed a lay-up -- both of which would have given the Pirates the lead. And down three with nine seconds left, Jordan Theodore had a toe on the 3-point line -- otherwise his made jumper would have tied up the game.

Georgetown scored its final seven points from the foul line, and escaped The Rock with a W.
STAR POWER: Hazell -- in his first home game (and third game overall) since returning from a broken left wrist -- got off to a slow start, but heated up a little bit after intermission. He finished with 15 points, but shot just 5-for-16 from the floor.

For Georgetown, Austin Freeman -- the preseason Big East Player of the Year -- had an excellent game, finishing with 28 points, shooting 10-for-13 from the field.

UNSUNG HEROES: Jeff Robinson, Herb Pope and Theodore all flourished in supporting roles around Hazell on Tuesday night. Robinson had 21 points and seven rebounds, Pope had 16 points and nine rebounds before fouling out with 2:11 left (a big loss), and Theodore finished with 17 points, six assists and zero turnovers.

WHAT'S NEXT: Seton Hall will host in-state rival Rutgers on Saturday at noon, back here at The Rock. Georgetown has a week off before hosting St. John's next Wednesday night.