Georgetown Vs. Alabama: Hollis Thompson Gives Georgetown 57-55 Upset Win
Georgetown nearly blew a big lead late against No. 12 Alabama, but Hollis Thompson's three-pointer with less than two seconds remaining lifted Georgetown to a 57-55 win, snapping Alabama's 24-game home winning streak.
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Not very many people expected the Georgetown Hoyas to remain competitive against the No. 12 Alabama Crimson Tide in their house on Thursday night, let alone win. But the Hoyas jumped out to an early lead and were able to hold on, thanks in large part to the Hollis Thompson game-winning three pointer with less than two seconds left in the game. Here are complete highlights of the game.
Sure, it ultimately came down to the late three pointer, but Georgetown outplayed Alabama for most of the game. It was close, but in terms of an upset over a No. 12 ranked team in their building, it was a pretty thorough beat down by the Hoyas.
This was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the Hoyas, but they've shown in this game that they have the talent and ability to beat almost anyone. Doing it on the road only makes the win more impressive.
In the first sellout crowd for an Alabama non-conference home game in more than nine years, the Georgetown Hoyas went into Tuscaloosa and ended the nation's fourth longest home winning streak. Alabama, which had won 24 straight games at home, went on a ten point run to take the lead with just twelve seconds left in the game. A Hollis Thompson dagger from downtown, however, would seal the win for the Hoyas, putting them up two with less than two seconds to play.
The Hoyas blew a nine point lead with only two and a half minutes remaining in the game. Henry Sims missed two shots close in the lane to give Bama a chance. Sims was great for much of the second half, giving Georgetown that lead on a five point run that was highlighted by a drop step baseline move leading to a thunderous wrap around dunk on the other side of the rim. Sims finished with 13 points.
After the first half of their 2011 Big East/SEC Challenge game, the Georgetown Hoyas lead the Alabama Crimson Tide 23-16. Georgetown spent much of the half in zone, and Bama put up a bagel from three point range, going 0 for 9 from downtown. Jason Clark, who put up a bagel himself from behind the arc on Monday night against IUPUI, led the Hoyas with 12 points in the first half. Clark went on a personal 5 point run to give Georgetown a cushion and take the home crowd out of the game. In addition to Clark, the Hoyas looked to Henry Sims early on offense and he provided a quick six points. Hollis Thompson, who was held scoreless, will need to contribute on offense in the second half.
Alabama, ranked 12th and featuring offensive star power, shot just 32% from the floor. JaMychal Green had only four points in the first, as the Hoya frontcourt limited Bama's offensive rebounds and second chance opportunities. Georgetown hopes to keep up the defensive pressure and get out of Tuscaloosa with an upset win, and a likely top 25 ranking come Monday.
For more on the Hoyas, visit SB Nation's Georgetown blog, Casual Hoya.
The Georgetown Hoyas (5-1) face a big challenge Thursday evening when they visit the No. 12 Alabama Crimson Tide (7-0). The Hoyas have already pulled one upset this season, knocking off the then-No. 8 Memphis Tigers as part of the Maui Invitational Tournament last Wednesday. Thursday brings another opportunity to upset a Top-25 team. Alabama has won its games by an average of 17.3 points. Even discounting its 37-point victory against the Alabama A&M Bulldogs, that figure decreases to a still-impressive 14 point average margin of victory.
Here's everything you need to know about Thursday's showdown between Georgetown and Alabama:
Game Date/Time: Thursday, December 1; 9:30pm ET
Location: Coleman Coliseum, Tuscaloosa, AL
TV Schedule ESPN2
Radio Schedule Georgetown: WSPZ 570 AM Crimson Tide: WFFN 95.3 FM in Tuscaloosa; please click here for complete Crimson Tide Radio Network listings
For more on the Hoyas, head over to Casual Hoya, SB Nation's Georgetown blog. For the view from the other side, please visit Roll 'Bama Roll, SB Nation's Alabama blog.