WATCH HIGHLIGHTS - Georgetown 111, Missouri 102 (OT)
No. 16/14 Georgetown pulled-off a 111-102 overtime win over No. 9/8 Missouri in Kansas City, Mo., to highlight a 4-0 night for the BIG EAST.
Georgetown (7-0) trailed Missouri by four points with less than a minute remaining in regulation, but five points by guard Chris Wright helped the Hoyas tie the contest and sent it into overtime. Wright drained a 3-point jumper with 0.3 seconds remaining on the clock, knotting the game at 94. In overtime it was Jason Clark who took over for GU. Clark, who was 1-of-6 from three in regulation, dropped three treys in the extra session to lift the Hoyas to a 111-102 win in the battle of unbeatens. With the win, Georgetown has won its first seven games each of the last two seasons.
BIG EAST Preseason Player of the Year Austin Freeman hit for 31 points, including hitting five 3’s in the first half. The Hoyas shot a blistering 71 percent from the floor in the first 20 minutes, leading by as many as 18 points in the frame.
No. 7/9 Connecticut (6-0) squeaked by New Hampshire 62-55, as Kemba Walker hit the 30-point mark for the third time in the last four games. The junior eclipsed the 1,000-point plateau for his career, and currently leads the nation in scoring with a 30.0 ppg average. The Huskies trailed the Wildcats 24-21 in the closing seconds of the first half, when Walker knocked down a mid-range jumper at the Buzzer to bring UConn within one. A late 9-2 run helped Connecticut take control of the contest, expanding a 49-48 lead to 58-50. The win brought The Huskies’ record improved to 113-4 against non-conference opponents from New England in the Calhoun era.
No. 8/7 Syracuse (7-0) kept its unbeaten record alive with a 78-58 win over Cornell at the Carrier Dome. The Orange dominated the first half, taking a 38-17 lead into the break after outrebounding the Big Red 27-9 in the first 20 minutes. Senior center Rick Jackson notched his sixth double-double of the season, scoring 17 points and pulling down 13 rebounds to lead the Syracuse charge. Kris Joseph added 16 points. The Orange have won 33 straight in the series over Cornell.
No. 25/RV Notre Dame (8-0) became the first Division I program to reach the 8-0 mark with an 81-72 win over Indiana State. The Irish, who are off the their best start in 11 seasons under head coach Mike Brey, got 24 points from Ben Hansbrough to lead the offensive charge. The last time Notre Dame started the year with eight-straight wins was 1973-74 when the squad started 12-0. All five Irish starters scored in double figures, as Tyrone Nash had 16, Scott Martin had 15, Tim Abromaitis had 13 and Carleton Scott contributed 11. An 8-2 run to start the second half helped Notre Dame build a double-digit advantage, capping the run with a 3 from Hansbrough who scored 19 in the second frame.
Wednesday is a busy night in the BIG EAST as eight teams take to the hardwood. Cincinnati, Louisville and Pittsburgh will al put perfect records on the line. The Bearcats host Wright State and the Cardinals host Florida International for a pair of 7 p.m. starts. The Panthers take on Duquesne at the Consol Energy Center at 9 p.m. on ESPNU.
Also in action, Providence hosts Northeastern, St. John’s faces Wagner, USF welcomes VCU and West Virginia takes on American, all with 7 p.m.ET tips. Rutgers rounds out the schedule by hosting NJIT at 7:30 p.m.