WASHINGTON (AP) - All game long, bodies bumped and arms flailed.
There was barely an open shot to be had. Neither team could get any
rhythm, and there was no threat whatsoever of a game-breaking run.
So it was only fitting that No. 19 Georgetown and No. 17 Memphis
needed overtime to settle their endless swarm of intense
basketball. The Hoyas finally prevailed by holding Memphis to
1-for-9 shooting in the extra period, emerging with a 79-70 victory
"We could never pull away; they could never pull away,"
Georgetown coach John Thompson III said. "It was back and forth.
It was two teams that probably will continue to get better, but it
was a tight, tense game where there was no breathing room."
DaJuan Summers led the Hoyas (7-1) with 21 points, Austin
Freeman added 18 and freshman Greg Monroe had 13 points and six
rebounds, but it was Chris Wright who supplemented his 14 points
with a solid defensive effort against standout freshman guard
Tyreke Evans. Evans scored 20 points but was 8-for-24 from the
field and had five turnovers.
"Before the game, y'all were talking about how big they are,
but we made the plays," said the 6-foot-1 Wright, who gave up 5
inches to Evans, "so it just goes to show that size isn't the most
important thing in the game."
Wright had a huge basket late in overtime that began with a spin
move at midcourt and ended with a got-bumped-again layup in heavy
traffic. The basket gave Georgetown a 73-70 lead with 1:05 to play,
and the Hoyas finished off the victory with free throws and a
last-second 3-point heave.
Shawn Taggart had 23 points and 11 rebounds for the Tigers
(5-2), who were playing their first game following a 10-day layoff
for exams. Memphis outrebounded Georgetown 53-36 but shot only 35
The game was a rematch of the Tigers' 85-71 win in Memphis last
December, when both were top 10 teams. Now they are top 20 teams,
playing younger lineups that still need some sorting out.
"I don't have my team figured out yet," Memphis coach John
Calipari said. "I'm trying everything and looking at it and
watching it and sometimes I'm really happy and sometimes I'm like,
'Oh my gosh.' Some guys will come and play for a half and the next
half they're not that good and I've got to try somebody else."
Georgetown outscored Memphis 13-4 in the overtime to run its
home winning streak to 26 games, but everything else about the game
was tight. Neither team led by more than one point from the
6½-minute mark of the second half until Freeman made one of two
free throws with 31 seconds to play, giving the Hoyas a 66-64 lead.
Memphis took a timeout and ran down the clock until Evans missed
a floater in the paint, but Taggart was there for another of the
Tigers' many tip-ins with 4 seconds remaining to send the game to
The game featured two of the top defenses in the country, and it
was best described as a series of collisions over an orange ball.
There was maybe one uncontested shot taken in the first 10 minutes,
and not very many more over the rest of the game.
Pity the referee who had to decide which bump to call a foul, as
well as the official scorer who had to decipher which of the many
arms should be credited with the tip-ins. There were 18 lead
changes, and neither team led by more than six in regulation.
For the Hoyas, it was perfect preparation for what's to come
when they begin conference play at the end of the month.
"It's physical, and that's how the Big East is," Summers said.
"We're used to that, night in and night out."