Fans of the No. 15 Georgetown Hoyas (10-2, 0-1) can debate the odd finish to the game that resulted in their team’s second loss of the season. They can argue about the what ifs and what’s fair about the game ending on free-throw attempts.
The Hoyas continue to struggle to find consistentancy on offense. They average 66.6 points per game, 14th in the Big East. They are also ranked 14th in offensive rebounds.
The young team, with no seniors, has shot makers who look brilliant one game, but awful the next.
Against Marquette (11-3, 2-0) the Hoyas shot 39.1 percent from the field and went 3-17 in the first 13 minutes of the game.
Yet they were still in it late, mainly due to a defense that held Marquette to even worse shooting.
Marquette led 49-46, when Golden Eagles guard Trent Lockett fouled Hoyas forward Greg Whittington who was attempting a 3-point shot with 2.3 seconds left.
Whittington made the first two free throws. But after Marquette coach Buzz Williams called a timeout, Whittington’s attempt fell short.
Lockett got the rebound and was quickly fouled. He missed both free throws and the game was over.
The loss could possibly bump the Hoyas, who began the season unranked, out of the Top 25.
They hardly have time to worry about rankings with the Pittsburgh Panthers coming to town Tuesday. The No. 24 Panthers (12-3, 0-2) are averaging nearly 75 points per game and beating opponents by an average of 22.
Merlisa blogs about Big East Basketball. Follow her on Twitter: merlisa