"My rule was I wouldn't recruit a kid if he had grass in front of his house.
That's not my world. My world was a cracked sidewalk." —Al McGuire

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

It's Georgetown 67-63

Georgetown recovered from a cold start to take their first round matchup with Notre Dame, and therefore earned the chance to become MU's first victim opponent in the 2006 Big East Tournament.

Georgetown survived a Notre Dame comeback in the last moment of play, following the script that has guided the Irish most of this season. Down by 5 with under two minutes to go, ND took advantage of a Russell Carter three point shot and a Torin Francis three point play to come within a point of Georgetown 64-63 with 44 seconds to play. Georgetown's Brandon Bowman scored on the ensuing possession, and Notre Dame was unable to get points from the floor or the free throw line. Russell Carter went to the line with 9 seconds to go, and missed the front end of a one-and-one, Georgetown got the board and made one more free throw for the final margin.

Notre Dame got of to a hot start, scoring the first 11 points--led by a pair of treys from former MU recruiting target Colin Falls. GTown was ice cold, held scoreless until nearly 6 1/2 minutes into the game. At one point, they missed five straight shots on a single possession (don't know if the Hoyas will be proud or embarrassed by that performance).

Georgetown came roaring back, taking the lead 27-26 on a Brandon Bowman three point play with 1:09 left in the half. Notre Dame settled down, and scored on back-to-back possessions to take a 30 to 27 lead at the half.

Georgetown started the 2nd half strong, running off 7 straight points to build a 35-30 lead.

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