Virginia's late comeback leads to 76-66 OT win over Hoyas

December 06, 1991|By Barry Jacobs | Barry Jacobs,Special to The Sun

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- For much of the evening it appeared the Georgetown Hoyas were cruising to victory, displaying typically intense defense and just enough scoring to maintain comfortable working margins. But halfway through the second half, as if a lighted fuse had finally reached its mark, the Virginia Cavaliers came alive.

Led by senior Bryant Stith and freshman Cory Alexander, the Cavs seized control. Suddenly fighting for survival, the Hoyas rallied to tie the game with just under a second remaining in regulation on a driving baseline jumper by guard Joey Brown. But that proved Georgetown's last gasp, as the Cavs outscored them, 13-3, in overtime to post a 76-66 victory.

The win pushed Virginia's record to 3-1. Georgetown, 2-1, lost for the first time in three encounters in the annual ACC-Big East Challenge.

Untested in its first two games against Hawaii-Loa and Hawaii-Pacific, Georgetown scored on only two of 11 possessions in the extra period. Guard Charles Harrison missed four long-range jumpers and the Hoyas committed three turnovers trying to force the ball inside to Alonzo Mourning.

"We were trying to get Alonzo started off real well," said Georgetown coach John Thompson. "Maybe we can get back home now and say we made some mistakes and people will listen."

Mourning, limited by foul trouble, scored 16 points in 28 minutes. Brown, whose hectoring defense produced four steals in the first half, also finished with 16 and tied Mourning for game-high rebounds with eight.

ACC-Big East Challenge

Monday night

Connecticut 84, Wake Forest 75

N.C. State 78, Pittsburgh 77

Tuesday night

Syracuse 89, Florida State 71

Georgia Tech 80, Villanova 59

Wednesday night

Maryland 76, Providence 66

North Carolina 83, Seton Hall 54

Last night

Virginia 76, Georgetown 66 (OT)

Duke 91, St. John's 81

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