Providence 84, No. 8 Georgetown 77
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ Austin Croshere scored 18 points to lead five Providence players in double figures as the Friars upset No. 8 Georgetown 84-77 Tuesday night.
In an emotion-packed final home game of the season that saw Georgetown coach John Thompson ejected, Providence (16-9, 9-8 Big East) sprinted to an 11-1 lead and never trailed. Georgetown (23-6, 12-5) twice cut the deficit to two in the second half.
The Hoyas’ Ya-Ya Dia rebounded a miss and scored on a layup to cut Providence’s lead to 70-67 with 1:40 remaining, but the Friars’ God Shammgod hit a driving layup and Derrick Brown made a steal and dunk to give Providence breathing room.
The Friars then hit eight of 10 foul shots over the last 51 seconds to seal the victory.
Allen Iverson led Georgetown with 34 points, while Victor Page added 15, all on 3-pointers. Center Othella Harrington added 14 points and 11 rebounds, but fouled out with 6:29 to play.
Providence got 15 points from Michael Brown, 13 each from Jamel Thomas and Shammgod, and 11 from Derrick Brown.
The Friars, winners of seven of nine games, needed a victory to improve their chances of receiving an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. They were aggressive from the outset, playing a stifling defense that, coupled with the Hoyas early shooting woes, helped them to the early 10-point lead.
The Hoyas, who shot 36 percent in the first half, scored only 10 points in the first 10 1/2 minutes and trailed 22-10.
Providence had a chance to increase its lead, but Derrick Brown missed a fast-break dunk. Thomas grabbed the rebound, elbowed Godwin Owinje and was given a technical foul.
Harrington hit both free throws to cut the lead to 22-12, but any momentum Georgetown gained was short-lived as Providence’s Jason Murdock hit a driving layup.
Georgetown got as close as 32-27 at 1:51 on the second of Iverson’s consecutive 3-pointers from deep in the left corner, but a short jumper by Michael Brown and a free throw by Shammgod gave the Friars a 35-27 halftime cushion.
Georgetown opened the second half with five straight points, and cut the deficit to 45-43 on Iverson’s 3-pointer with 14:05 to play. But Thompson got his first technical a minute later and Providence went on an 8-1 run to go up 53-44.
Thompson was ejected four minutes later for arguing a call. His team regrouped and was within 60-56 when Harrington fouled out. Providence took advantage of his absence with strong inside play down the sretch, finally breaking the game open on Derrick Brown’s dunk.