Story By: Richard Thomas
Photos By: Sol Tucker
Back when the UCONN Huskies were part of the Big East, this is one of those games that the Hoyas couldn’t wait for, well since they no longer have to see each other two times a season and again sometimes in the Big East Tournament, the Hoyas would have to make do with a UCONN team that has had its own problems this season so far. In the end the Hoyas proved to be too tough and for the second straight game, they got a much needed victory before returning to Big East play on Monday.
L.J. Peak scored 16 of his 21 points in the second half and Georgetown overcame a 14-point deficit for a 72-69 win over former Big East rival Connecticut on Saturday.
Jesse Govan had 15 points and Rodney Pryor 14 for the Hoyas (10-8).
Trailing 59-58, Georgetown scored the next seven points with Pryor’s layup putting the Hoyas up 65-59 with 3:29 remaining. The Huskies (7-10) missed three shots and two potential game-tying 3-pointers over the final 14 seconds.
When it got down to it, Georgetown came up with three offensive rebounds on one possession, and L.J. Peak finally put back his own missed shot, the biggest basket of the game, giving the Hoyas a four-point with 44 seconds left.
“L.J. was the toughest guy in the gym, so he wanted the ball more than us,” Ollie said. “Put any adjective you want on it — he wanted the ball and we didn’t want it bad enough. He actually threw it to himself, hit the backboard, got it again and laid it up, and we’ve got guys standing at the free-throw line.”
The Hoyas will look for their third straight victory at home on Monday night against Providence in a 9pm Tip off from the Verizon Center.