When it comes to final second nail biting games, there have been plenty in Georgetown history that come to mind, but when the ball ended up in the hands of Senior Roy Hibbert with just seconds remaining on the clock and a three pointer was the only option to save the game from going into overtime, Hibbert let one fly and nothing but net gave the Hoyas an amazing 72-69 victory.
“He just made a basketball decision,” Coach John Thompson III said of Hibbert, who scored a game-high 20 points. “His man was sitting under the basket, but [Hibbert] knows he can make that shot. That’s not a fluke, that’s not a shocker, that’s not a once-in-a-lifetime thing that Roy makes that shot. . . . If you’re not going to play him, he can make that shot.”
For the Hoyas, they dominated the game until the final minutes of the second half when the momentum began to swing for the Huskies when Georgetown led, 56-54, with 10 minutes left in the game, but over the next six minutes, the Hoyas’ shooting went cold against the UCONN zone, allowing the Huskies to open up a 67-61 advantage.
Hibbert who after the game seemed still shocked about the game winner, gave the credit to Thompson for having confidence in his players.
Coach talks in practice [about how] sometimes it’s going to look ugly. We’re going to get open shots and it’s not going to go in,” Hibbert said. “We have to rely on each other and keep playing through it. . . . I believe in my teammates.”
The Huskies were led by Jeff Adrian’s 18 points, A.J. Price scored 17 and Doug Wiggins had 15 — but only two after halftime. Dyson, CONN’s leading scorer, got into foul trouble early in each half and was held to eight points.
“That’s a tough shot to lose a game on,” said associate head coach George Blaney, who filled in for an ill Jim Calhoun.
The comeback by the Hoyas today continued their perfect record in conference play (13-1, 3-0 Big East) two consecutive victories over Connecticut (11-4, 2-2) for the first time since the Hoyas took six in a row from 1991-93.
Roy Hibbert Defeated the UCONN Huskies With One Huge Three Pointer With Time Expiring in the Second Half Today at the Verizon Center