No. 16 Georgetown Vs. No. 9 Missouri: Chris Wright Helps Hoyas Pass First Test In 111-102 Overtime Victory

Chris Wright his a buzzer-beating three to tie the game, and the Georgetown Hoyas dominated overtime to pull off the upset against the No. 9 Missouri Tigers.

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No. 16 Georgetown Vs. No. 9 Missouri: Georgetown Barely Passes First Test Of Season, Defeats Tigers 111-102 In Overtime

With finals week approaching on college campuses around the country, the No. 16 Georgetown Hoyas had their first major test Tuesday night against No. 9 Missouri. The Hoyas barely passed their first test of the season, blowing an 18-point first half lead before tying the game in the final seconds and winning in overtime 111-102.

Austin Freeman led the Hoyas with 31 points. Jason Clark added 26 points and Chris Wright had 21 points. 

Georgetown came out swinging and took a 38-20 lead midway through the first half paced by a 71.4% field goal percentage through the first 20 minutes. Missouri, however, would not go quietly, ending the half on a 27-16 run and only trailed 54-47 at halftime.

In the second half, the Tigers' frantic style of play, known as "The Fastest 40 Minutes In Basketball," took hold of the Hoyas. Missouri, led by Marcus Denmon's 27 points, took the lead at 72-71. The Tigers and Hoyas would trade baskets for the rest of the game until Missouri took a four point lead.

With the game seemingly under wraps for Missouri because of Michael Dixon's free throws, the Hoyas found a way to tie it. Laurence Bowers missed two free throws and on the ensuing play, Wright was fouled and hit two of his own to cut the lead to 93-91. The Hoyas fouled Nixon again and he hit the first shot, but missed the second. After a missed shot, Georgetown corralled the offensive rebound and Wright hit the tying three point shot right before the buzzer to send the game to overtime.

In the extra session, Clark hits two consecutive threes to give the Hoyas a 104-98 lead with 2:08 remaining, a lead that would expand before the eventual victory.

Georgetown will have a slightly easier test ahead of them this Saturday at Verizon Center when they welcome the Utah State Aggies at 12 noon.

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No. 16 Georgetown Vs. No. 9 Missouri: Hoyas Dominate Most Of First Half, But Only Lead Tigers 54-47 At Halftime

The No. 16 Georgetown Hoyas, as always, are serious national championship contenders. Based on the way they dominated No. 9 Missouri in the first half of Tuesday's game in Kansas City, perhaps things will get much more serious.

Despite nearly blowing an 18-point lead, the Hoyas lead the Tigers 54-47 at halftime.

Austin Freeman leads the Hoyas with 19 points, while Chris Wright has 10 points and Jason Clark eight points. The Hoyas are shooting the lights, hitting 20 of their 28 field goal attempts (71.4%), including eight three pointers.

Georgetown got off to a fast start against the run-and-gun Tigers. Wright scored seven of Georgetown's first nine points and the Hoyas led by as many as 18 points. But once the Hoyas led 38-20, things began to change fast.

Marcus Denmon and Ricardo Ratliffe combined for 28 points for Missouri, who went on a 27-16 to close the half. Freeman hit a controversial three pointer as time ran out on the shot clock to push the lead to 54-45 with less than a minute left. Replays showed that he did not get the ball out of his hands in time. Matt Pressey would hit a layup, but missed a free throw to end the scoring.

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No. 16 Georgetown Vs. No. 9 Missouri: Hoyas Prepare For Early-Season Showdown In Kansas City

The Georgetown Hoyas have gotten off to an excellent start in 2010/11. They are 6-0 against the nation's 24th-toughest schedule, with solid wins at Old Dominion and on a neutral floor against North Carolina State. Tonight, however, they will face a tougher test than they've faced all year. They are scheduled to play against No. 9 Missouri in a "neutral" game in Kansas City's Sprint Center. The game will begin at 9 p.m. and will be televised on ESPNU and ESPN3.com.

The Tigers are also undefeated, but haven't done it against quite as good a schedule as Georgetown. In fact, they almost lost to Western Illinois in the first game of the season. If the Hoyas have anything to hang their hats on, it's that they enter this game battle-tested. That's something John Thompson III mentioned in this Tarik El-Bashir article earlier today.

"Most people think I'm crazy," Thompson said with a laugh as he pored over video of Missouri early Monday. "And I might be. Most people don't put together a schedule like I did this year, or even last year. But I felt like this was the best way to prepare this group for Big East play."    

The downside is that Missouri is the kind of athletic team that gave Georgetown fits last year. They have 10 players averaging at least 10 minutes a game, and they play the kind of pressing style that coach Mike Anderson loves to do. Missouri is really deep at the guard position, with Marcus Denmon, Michael Dixon, Kim English and the Pressey brothers. Chris Wright, Jason Clark and Austin Freeman will have to be on their game tonight.

For more, read Casual Hoya's Q&A with SB Nation's Missouri blog Rock M Nation.

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