The Georgetown Hoyas realized they should probably figure out some way to rally from the huge hole they dug themselves against the No. 5 Pittsburgh Panthers. Unfortunately, it was too late, and now, Georgetown is off to its worst start in the Big East in over a decade.
The Hoyas cut a 21-point deficit down to 13 with just over seven minutes remaining, but couldn't threaten Pittsburgh any further and fell 72-57 at the Verizon Center. The loss drops Georgetown to 12-5 on the season and 1-4 in the Big East, its worst start in the conference since 1998/99. Pittsburgh moves to 16-1 and 4-0 in the Big East.
A Gary McGhee layup gave Pittsburgh a 57-36 lead with 12:05 remaining before Georgetown went on an 11-3 run to cut the lead down to 60-47 with 7:06 remaining. However, they could get no closer than 11 the rest of the way and fell in the end.
Ashton Gibbs led Pittsburgh with 22 points, 16 of which came in the first half. Brad Wanamaker added 14 points, while Gilbert Brown had 12. Chris Wright had 14 points to lead Georgetown, while Julian Vaught added 13. Austin Freeman scored 12 points, but shot just 5-13 from the field. Overall, Georgetown hit just 39.6 percent of their field goal attempts in the game.
The Hoyas next play at Rutgers on Saturday at noon.