The Georgetown Hoyas faced the Maryland Terrapins in a physical, foul-ridden game on Tuesday night, Nov. 15. The game was part of the Gavitt Tipoff Games, the annual eight-game series played between the Big East Conference and the Big Ten Conference.
Maryland, coming off a single-digit win against American University, came out shooting freely against an up-tempo Georgetown, which had destroyed USC Upstate by 40-plus points Nov. 12. This game turned out a little differently from the team’s previous matchups.
Considered the actual start of the season for both teams, the game seemingly had no fluidity. Fouls ran rampant. There were 29 total fouls at the half and a final tally of 32 for Maryland and 24 for Georgetown. Maryland also came out of the gate shooting three-pointers, but only had seven fall out of 27.
Georgetown was able to overcome the dual foul trouble and pull away in the remaining minutes — only to squander its lead in the last 54.4 seconds. Maryland just barely squeaked it out, 76-75 in an unbelievable collapse.
“We have to grow,” said John Thompson III, Georgetown’s head coach. “We have to get better, we have to learn from our mistakes. Too many mental errors down at the end.” Regarding the offensive collapse and inability to score, Thompson said, “Our offense didn’t break down, we just made some mental mistakes.”
On continuing the Maryland-Georgetown tradition, Thompson said he’s going to have to talk to Maryland. “He [Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon] and I will talk. We’ll see.”