Georgetown Vs. Notre Dame: Hoyas Open Big East With 69-55 Loss To Notre Dame

The Hoyas lost their first Big East game of the season in a loss to Notre Dame.

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Georgetown Vs. Notre Dame: Hoyas Fall In Big East Opener In 69-55 Loss To Notre Dame

The No. 9 Georgetown Hoyas have faced some tough competition on the road this season, but none like the atmosphere that they experienced in South Bend Wednesday against the No. 15 Notre Dame FIghting Irish.

Tim Abromaitis scored 20 points and Tyrone Nash had a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds to propel the FIghting Irish to a 69-55 victory over Georgetown.

In the Big East opener for both teams, Notre Dame held an eight-point lead at halftime and pulled away midway through the second half. A 14-2 run gave the Fighting Irish a 16-point lead. Georgetown, led by Austin Freeman's 21 points, responded with a 9-0 run of their own, but two straight Notre Dame three-pointers gave them the lead for good.

Georgetown shot 42.6% from the field, down from their average of 52.8%, second-best in the nation. No player besides Freeman scored in double figures. Freeman hit nine of the Hoyas' 23 total field goals.

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Georgetown Vs. Notre Dame: Fighting Irish Hold Slim Lead At Halftime

In a defensive matchup in which both teams have occassionally struggled with their shooting, Notre Dame holds a six point lead entering halftime in South Bend.

Both teams are shooting under 34% from the field. Georgetown has especially struggled mightily from behind the three-point line, making just three deep shots out of 16 attempts.

Notre Dame's Tim Abromaitis leads all scorers with 11 points, but neither team has been dominant in this early but critical Big East matchup. Austin Freeman is the top scorer for the Hoyas thus far with seven points, but he has already missed two free throws and has not been shooting well consistently.

The Fighting Irish will hope to remain in the top 25 with a win, while Georgetown hopes to move up to catch fellow Big East stalwarts Connecticut and Pittsburgh, each of whom are ranked among the top five teams in the country.

There's plenty of time for the Hoyas to get back in it, but being down by six points on the road in a hostile environment is no great place to mount a comeback.

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Georgetown Vs. Notre Dame: Hoyas Open Big East Play On Road

The Georgetown Hoyas are off to a hot start in 2010, rushing out to an 11-1 record in early season out-of-conference matchups. Tonight is when the real action begins though. The No. 9 Hoyas will visit the No. 15 Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the opener to the Big East season.

Irish coach Mike Brey certainly isn't taking Georgetown lightly, as he told Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post.

"There's not a team playing better than Georgetown right now. [Not] Duke, anybody," Notre Dame Coach Mike Brey said. "I've been impressed with their transition. It's one of the reasons they are shooting such a high percentage - they're getting a lot of easy buckets in transition. They are also running more than I've seen them run before."

"And they also have an older group that has played together for a while," Brey added. "They know who they are."

Both teams are experienced, but the Hoyas, led by Austin Freeman and Chris Wright, will have their work cut out for them against Notre Dame's five senior starters. Tim Abromaitis and Ben Hansbrough lead the way for the Irish.

The Big East will be hotly contested this year, and its stacked with talent. Connecticut, Syracuse, and Pittsburgh are all in the top six teams in the country. With a win on the road tonight, Georgetown could move even closer to joining them.

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