Story By: Erin Zollars
Photos By: Sol Tucker
If there one minute of the day the Hoyas would like to forget, it came tonight against the final match-up of the two year agreement with the Maryland Terps, when they squandered a seven point lead in 1:12 and also saw one of the biggest blocks at the buzzer to win a game in college basketball history tonight at Verizon Center.
The final minute of the game was maybe one like no other in recent history. Mental mistakes by the Hoyas including a huge foul on the inbound to the backcourt by Maryland, which eventually set up the one point lead for the Terps and gave the Hoyas the ball with 7.6 seconds remaining in the game. The is game wouldn’t have come to the point if it wasn’t for the play before, when the Hoyas, turned the ball over on the inbound which led to another two by the Terps to even make the game within reach for the Terps at that point.
The Terps cut the lead to three, 73-70, with 19 seconds left, and as Georgetown inbounded the ball, Rodney Pryor was whistled for traveling as he slid upon receiving the pass. Then, the Hoyas sent Anthony Cowan to the line with a deadball foul that allowed the Terps to add two points without the clock dwindling.
Tre Campbell followed that up with a pair of free throws, but Melo Trimble answered with a layup. On the ensuing inbounds, Campbell tried to get around a trap, but dribbled out of bounds to give Maryland the ball down just one.
Trimble then made a pair of free throws after he was fouled on the inbounds pass to give Maryland a lead that Kevin Huerter would protect on the other end when he blocked Jagan Mosely’s potential game-winning layup as time expired.
This just one of those games that will leave Georgetown wondering exactly what went wrong. While they had some good balance of scoring and ability to grab a decent in what most people would call game winning lead, they found every way to give that away tonight.
With one more non conference game before the trip to Hawaii, the Hoyas can only hope to rebound and find a way to use that solid defense they are known for to break out of mistakes like this game in the final minute.
“That’s why it’s called a rivalry game, I guess,” Terps coach Mark Turgeon said. “It was tremendous. Georgetown was great, but we were lucky. I’ll take it.”