NCAA Game Summary Ohio vs. Georgetown

March 19, 2010


(Thursday, March 18th)

Final Score: Ohio 97, Georgetown 83

Providence, RI (Sports Network) – Armon Bassett helped set the tone with five three-pointers and 32 points, as the 14th-seeded Ohio Bobcats held on down the stretch to shock the Midwest’s No. 3 seed Georgetown, 97-83, in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.

D.J. Cooper added five threes as well on the way to 23 points while collecting eight assists for Ohio (22-14), which continued an improbable postseason run as the Mid-American Conference’s tourney champ.

The Bobcats were just 7-9 in conference play during the regular season and earned a nine seed in the MAC tourney for their efforts. Five straight wins since sets up an unexpected second-round matchup with the sixth seed Tennessee, which posted a narrow 62-59 triumph over San Diego State.

It was just the second NCAA Tournament win for Ohio in 45 years as the last victory came in 1983 against Illinois State.

“I thought of being really mentally and physically prepared to play and we knew we were going to have to do that because we were playing such a great Georgetown team,” said Ohio head coach John Groce. “I felt like we had the floor space. Our perimeter shooting game and our ability to dribble drive the ball to the lane really complimented each other well.”

Chris Wright came up with 28 points for Georgetown (23-11), which had posted solid wins over Syracuse and Marquette in the Big East Tournament before falling to West Virginia in the championship game.

Greg Monroe, the Hoyas vaunted big man, had 19 points and 13 rebounds but also seven of Georgetown’s 18 turnovers. Hollis Thompson scored 16 in the Hoyas’ forgettable 26th all-time NCAA appearance.

“They were spectacular, to tell you the truth. They handled everything that we threw at them tonight,” said Georgetown coach John Thompson III. “Either Greg or Chris said it, they were the better team today. Chris talked about the ball screens, no matter how we guarded it they were able to find a way to score.”

One of college basketball’s most storied programs, Georgetown was making its fourth trip to the “Big Dance” in five years, including a trip to the 2007 Final Four.

However, an undeterred Ohio squad didn’t flinch and stirred the fans at Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence with a strong first half to enter the break with a 12-point lead.

The Bobcats took control early with eight of the first 10 points, and trailed only briefly over the next several minutes. Wright’s three-pointer at the half’s mid-point gave Georgetown an 18-17 edge, but the lead would be their last of the game.

An ensuing 8-0 burst was capped by a Tommy Freeman three-pointer for a seven- point game and Bassett delivered a layup moments later for a double-digit margin.

Bassett, MVP of the MAC Tournament, strung together a pair of makes from beyond the arc on consecutive possessions with the clock winding under five minutes as the lead reached 13.

The score stood at 48-36 at halftime, and the Bobcats remained the aggressors early in the second half. Bassett dropped another three approaching five minutes in and Freeman’s jump shot with close to 13 minutes remaining put the Hoyas’ deficit at 63-44.

Cooper answered a Thompson three with one of his own at the head of a Georgetown surge minutes later. The teams traded baskets on each of the next four possessions capped by yet another Cooper three-ball to make it a 71-55 affair with 10 1/2 minutes to go.

Bassett’s three-ball two minutes later kept it a 16-point game, but Georgetown was able to build of its earlier stretch to put together a last charge. It took less than three minutes to get within seven, 79-72, via a 12-3 run that Jason Clark ended with a layup.

But the Bobcats were not about to led their lead slip away. Cooper, MAC Freshman of the Year, put in nine straight points on the Ohio side to help build back an 88-75 lead with 2 1/2 minutes on the clock, and Georgetown found itself playing out the remainder of the game with defeat already decided.

Game Notes

DeVaughn Washington had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Bobcats, while Freeman chipped in 11 points…It was Ohio’s first NCAA appearance since 2005 and 12th overall. It improved to 5-12 all-time…The victors hit 13-of-23 from three-point range, while Georgetown connected on eight of it’s 22 tries…Both teams wound up shooting over 50 percent from the floor; Georgetown (50.8 percent), Ohio (58.2 percent)…It was the first-ever meeting between the programs.

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