But the Hoyas’ zone defense kept Marquette’s lead in check all afternoon. And with 2.3 seconds remaining and trailing by three points, Georgetown had a chance to force overtime when Greg Whittington was fouled as he lofted a three-pointer that clanged off the rim.
Whittington hit the first two of his three free throws. But after Marquette Coach Buzz Williams called a timeout, his third attempt fell short, all but sealing the outcome. No. 15 Georgetown suffered its second defeat of the season, and its first to an unranked opponent, falling 49-48. The loss snapped a seven-game winning streak for Georgetown (10-2, 0-1) and extended Marquette’s string of victories at Bradley Center to 18.
Coach John Thompson III dismissed a suggestion that the extended break affected the outcome, although the statistics painted a different picture. Georgetown missed 17 of its first 20 shots, managing just four points through the first 10 minutes of play.