It looked like the No. 23 Georgetown Hoyas were dead in the water during the second half of their game against Seton Hall, but somehow, they mustered up enough to rally for a key road win in Big East play. Led by 28 points from Austin Freeman, the Hoyas found a way to defeat the Pirates 80-75. Georgetown now moves to 14-5 and 3-4 in the Big East, while Seton Hall falls to 8-11 and 2-5 in the conference.
It was a weird ending, though. After two free throws by Freeman gave Georgetown a 76-73 lead, Seton Hall missed two shots near the rim. The rebound caromed out to center court, and eventually found its way to Jordan Theodore in the corner. Theodore and nailed the shot, but he had a foot on the three-point line and it was ruled a two-pointer. After two Chris Wright free throws, the Hoyas elected to foul instead of surrender a three-pointer, and sealed it when Keon Lawrence missed the first free throw.
Early on, it looked like an easy win. The Hoyas took a 43-33 lead on a Hollis Thompson three-pointer less than a minute into the second half, but it went completely downhill from there. Seton Hall erupted on a 19-2 run, as Georgetown missed 10 of 11 shots, committed five turnovers and missed two free throws. Julian Vaughn was particularly awful, missing several point-blank layup and having his shot stuffed three times. Meanwhile, Jeremy Hazell caught fire, scoring 11 of Seton Hall's points in the stretch.
The Hoyas finally stopped the bleeding with a three-point play by Wright, two free throws by Hollis Thompson and another layup by Wright, but Seton Hall kicked the lead back up to seven at the under-eight minute timeout. The Hoyas hung around, but couldn't stop Seton Hall defensively and continued to trail through to the four-minute timeout.
Georgetown eventually cut the lead to 73-71 with two minutes to play, and tied the game at 73 after Vaughn stepped in for a left-handed layup with 1:20 to play. After a missed three-pointer by Hazell, Wright raced down and drew a foul, giving Georgetown a 74-73 lead by hitting one of two free throws.
Jeff Robinson led Seton Hall with 21 points. Theodore added 17, Herb Pope had 16 and Hazell had 15. Wright had 17 points, six rebounds and six assists to aid Freeman for the Hoyas.