No. 9/10 Georgetown (8-1) became the second undefeated BIG EAST team to fall this week, dropping a 68-65 decision at Temple. The Hoyas trailed by 11 late in the first half and were down seven at the halftime break before staging a comeback in the second frame. Jason Clark led the Hoyas with 15 points while Austin Freeman and Julian Vaughn each had 14. Wright brought Georgetown even at 56 on a pair of free throws with six minutes remaining, but Temple’s Ramone Moore answered with a 3 to give the advantage back to the Owls. Moore scored a career-high 30 points for Temple, who are receiving votes in both the AP and ESPN/USA Today polls.
Georgetown had a chance to take the lead in the final minutes, as Wright tracked down a rebound on a missed Temple 3-point attempt with the shot clock winding down and Georgetown trailing 66-65. Wright handed to Hollis Thompson, who drove to the hoop and missed a difficult layup in the final seconds. Kahlir Jefferson (a 31 percent free-throw shooter), hit a pair from the charity stripe to put Temple up three, and Austin Freeman’s half-court heave would be off-the-mark to give the Owls the win at home. Temple is one of five Georgetown non-conference opponents to be picked to win their respective conference this year.
None of the BIG EAST teams take the court on Friday night, but Saturday features 11 teams in action including six on national television. No. 24/RV Louisville gets the action started with a noon tip-off against No. 20/19 UNLV on ESPNU. The final two games of the DirecTV SEC-BIG EAST Invitational will be played at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, beginning with Rutgers and Auburn at 12:30 p.m. on ESPN2. Following that is No. 3/3 Pittsburgh facing No. 11/13 Tennessee at 3:15 p.m. on ESPN.
Three other matchups on the ESPN family of networks include Providence hosting Alabama on ESPNU at 2 p.m. and Marquette welcoming Wisconsin on ESPN2 at 2:30 p.m. No. 23/23 Notre Dame rounds out the television schedule as the Irish host Gonzaga at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
Three BIG EAST squads have 7 p.m. start times, including Syracuse hosting Colgate. Also at 7 p.m. will be St. John’s visiting Fordham and Seton Hall making the trip to Massachusetts. Cincinnati looks to stay perfect at 8 p.m. against Utah Valley State, and DePaul hosts Ball State at 8:30 p.m. in the final two BIG EAST games of the night.