WASHINGTON DC (LEARFIELD-WSAU) The Marquette men's basketball team won its first Big East road game last night, 80-to-72 at Georgetown in overtime. The Golden Eagles recovered from a seven-point deficit in the final three minutes of regulation.
Todd Mayo hit a three-pointer with six-point-three-seconds left to send the game to O-T. The Eagles then scored the first seven points of the extra period, and they made all eight of their free throws down the stretch to seal their victory.
Davante Gardner led Marquette with 20 points. Freshman John Dawson scored seven of his season-high 12 points in the overtime.
Markel Starks scored a career-high 28 for Georgetown, and D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera had 24. Those two made all but six of the Hoyas' 23 field goals, with a couple of other key players out. Joshua Smith missed his fifth straight game for academic reasons. Jabril Trawick sat out his fourth contest in a row with a broken jaw.
Both Marquette and Georgetown were projected to finish first-and-second in the newly-reworked Big East, but both have been disappointments. Last night's game ended a streak of seven in which at least one of the teams was in the national Top-25.
Georgetown fell to 3-and-4 in the conference and 11-and-7 overall. Marquette evened its Big East mark at 3-and-3, and they're 11-and-8 overall. The Eagles will host Villanova on Saturday.
Tonight, the Marquette women play at Providence. And the U-W Milwaukee men are at Wright State.