One reason for Georgetown’s surge over the past month has been
its improved shooting from 3-point range.
Marquette can also shoot with high proficiency, but defending
the perimeter is where it tends to run into trouble.
The 11th-ranked Hoyas look to extend their winning streak to
eight Sunday when they host the Golden Eagles in a matchup of two
of the Big East’s top offenses.
After shooting 25.6 percent from beyond the arc during a 1-4
start to conference play, Georgetown (19-5, 8-4) has connected on
40.3 percent of its 3s during its seven-game winning streak. The
Hoyas, who haven’t lost since falling to first-place Pittsburgh on
Jan. 12, made 9 of 21 3-pointers in Wednesday’s 64-56 victory at
Three of Georgetown’s last four wins have come against teams
ranked 15th or higher. This is the longest conference winning
streak for the Hoyas since they reeled off 11 in a row in
“Coming off our last win over Syracuse is a great feeling,” said
sophomore forward Hollis Thompson, who is 12 of 19 (63.2) from
3-point range during the winning streak. “A lot of times teams come
off big wins and kick their feet up when they need to be on their
toes. I think we recognize that because we’ve been through that in
the past. I think we’re going to stay focused and stay on top of
Thompson hit all three of his 3-point attempts and finished with
11 points against the Orange, while senior guard Austin Freeman
scored a game-high 14.
Freeman is averaging 21.0 points during the winning streak after
averaging 9.7 in the three-game losing streak that immediately
The Hoyas, whose 50.3 overall field-goal percentage ranks second
in the nation, are unbeatable when they get hot from long range.
Georgetown is 12-0 when making at least six 3-pointers, and 16-0
when shooting at least 33 percent from beyond the arc.
This doesn’t bode well for Marquette (15-9, 6-5), which has
allowed opponents to make 41.0 percent of their 3-point attempts in
six conference road games.
Marquette does have enough offense to overcome some defensive
struggles. The Golden Eagles lead the Big East in scoring at 78.5
points per game and rank second with a 48.3 field-goal
The Golden Eagles couldn’t get much going offensively Wednesday
against South Florida yet still managed to win 59-58. They shot
39.3 percent, finished with a season low in points and missed seven
straight free throws in the final 1:03, leaving coach Buzz Williams
“I’m not sure there’s an appropriate way. … I don’t think
there’s words to justify the ebb and flow of that game,” Williams
said. “But for it to play out the way that it did, relative to the
result from our perspective, I don’t know if there’s any
philosophical way to describe it.”
Jae Crowder led the Golden Eagles with 14 points, while Darius
Johnson-Odom, who averages a team-high 16.0 points, scored a
Johnson-Odom was limited to 11 total points while shooting 4 of
15 as the teams split two meetings last season. Freeman totaled 32
points for Georgetown.
The Hoyas lost by three points at Marquette in January 2010,
then beat the Golden Eagles 80-57 in the Big East tournament