Déjà vu was setting in pretty hard for the Golden Eagles (11-3, 2-0) with just 17 seconds left in the game. With Marquette clinging to a 49-46 lead, Georgetown’s Otto Porter drove the baseline and found a wide open Greg Whittington in the corner. Whittington’s three point shot missed, but referee John Cahill called a shooting foul on Marquette’s Trent Lockett awarding the Hoyas three free throws.
“Unfortunately, yeah,” remarked Lockett when asked if he fouled the shooter on the games decisive play.
After Whittington calmly sunk the first two free throws, Marquette Head Coach Buzz Williams called a crucial time-out in an “ice the kicker” type of move. Whittington missed the third free throw, and it was Trent Lockett who grabbed the rebound to seal the win.
“God was on my side today,” said a relieved Lockett. “Buzz is a tremendous coach as well. He called timeout after the first two. I was glad he did.”
In March of 2008, Marquette also led by three points at the end of regulation against the Hoyas. In an eerily similar play, the same referee, John Cahill, called a shooting foul on MU guard Dominic James on a three point attempt by Georgetown’s Jonathon Wallace. Wallace made all three free throws and the Hoyas went on to win a 70-68 decision in overtime.
The missed free throw was a microcosm of an otherwise ugly game that saw both teams shoot below 40% from the floor. Marquette scored its fewest points in a win since scoring 48 points against Arkansas-Little Rock 13 years ago.
“If I only have one answer- it was on the glass,” said Williams when asked how MU managed to win such an ugly game. “We had a strong presence on both ends of the floor (rebounding). And Trent Lockett was outstanding.”
Trent Lockett had some physical plays v Gtown
Trent Lockett was outstanding, at least the most outstanding he has been since the senior guard transferred from Arizona State this summer. Lockett finished with nine points but grabbed 10 rebounds and made two crucial blocks down the stretch to help the Golden Eagles extend the nation’s 6th longest home winning streak to 18.
Jamil Wilson had some big buckets in 2nd half.
“It shows that we didn’t let up from the UConn game,” remarked Lockett of the importance of beating the Hoyas. “We came in with the right focus. The guys showed a great sign of maturity by having just three days to prepare and coming out and getting the victory.”
Georgetown was paced by Junior guard Markel Starks, who kept Georgetown in the game with a 7-0 run of his own to start the second half en route to a game high 18 points.
Saturday’s game saw the return of Williams, who missed the Connecticut game serving a one game, university imposed suspension. Marquette players acknowledged it was good to have their leader back.
“Buzz loves us,” said senior Guard Junior Cadougan of his coach. “He wants us around him all the time. He treats us like his sons. It’s great to have a father-son relationship with the coach. He trusts us.”
Marquette moves on to play at Pittsburgh, who lost to Rutgers Saturday to drop to 0-2 in the Big East.