Georgetown holds off Notre Dame in Big East semis
New York, NY (Sports Network) – Jeff Green scored a career-high 30 points and
hit the go-ahead shot in the lane with 13 seconds remaining, as ninth-ranked
Georgetown edged No. 20 Notre Dame, 84-82, in the semifinals of the Big East
Green also had 12 rebounds for the Hoyas (25-6), who will face either
Pittsburgh or Louisville in the final Saturday night.
DaJuan Summers contributed 18 points and Patrick Ewing Jr. added 15 for
Georgetown, which rallied from a 14-point deficit in the first half to advance
to the conference final for the first time since losing to Connecticut in
1996. Georgetown’s last tourney championship in the Big East was 1989.
Russell Carter scored 21 and pulled down nine rebounds, but missed the
potential winning shot in the closing seconds for the Fighting Irish (24-7),
who will now await for an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Tory Jackson had 20 points for Notre Dame, while Colin Falls scored 14 and
Luke Harangody had 11 before fouling out on Green’s final bucket.
Jackson’s layup tied the game at 82 with 40.5 seconds left, but Green
responded with a short shot with his right hand over Harangody in the lane.
Green missed the free throw, but Carter couldn’t hit on a three-pointer from
the top of the circle. Jonathan Wallace got the rebound near the right corner
and threw the ball up into the air to allow time to run out.
The Irish led by as many as 14 in the opening half. Green’s layup had the
Hoyas within 17-13 just over seven minutes into the game, but Notre Dame
responded with a 12-2 spurt, capped by a layup from Luke Zeller.
Carter’s three-pointer widened the margin to 35-21, but two free throws by
Green capped eight consecutive Hoya points later in the half for a 44-42 Notre
Dame edge. The Hoyas trailed, 46-44, at the break.
The game only intensified in the final 20 minutes, as the lead see-sawed down
the stretch. Two free throws from Summers extended Georgetown to an 82-79 lead
with 1:18 left before Harangody made one from the line to foul out the Hoyas’
Roy Hibbert with 57.2 seconds remaining.
Hibbert had just six points, while Wallace scored 10…Carter went 5-of-12
from three-point range.