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Hoyas Experience Heartbreaking 84-83 Loss to TCU in BIG EAST/Big 12 Clash
WASHINGTON – In an intense BIG EAST/Big 12 Battle, the Georgetown University men’s basketball team mounted a major comeback, capturing a two-point lead with only two seconds left on the clock, but an unexpected last-second three-pointer secured the TCU Horned Frogs’ 84-83 victory at Capital One Arena on Saturday night. The tough loss places the Hoyas at 5-3 while TCU remains unbeaten at 7-0.
ON THE RECORD
“That was an incredible college basketball game. We really embraced the battle… Unfortunately, it didn’t go our way, but today was an opportunity for our men to grow. I felt we fought our way back. We could have given up when they had a 7-0 run and I called a timeout… but we didn’t. We grew up, showed resilience, composure, and mental toughness… I give my team an A+ for their resilience, character, and toughness today… I take responsibility for the loss and will strive to do better next time we coach… The energy in the arena made a significant impact today. Georgetown is steadily moving forward. You have to experience some setbacks to reach the top and that’s okay. I’m proud of our men. Truly, really proud of our men.” – Head Coach Ed Cooley
Jayden Epps led four Hoyas with 24 points, shooting 9-for-14 from the field and 5-for-7 from the free-throw line, and contributing five assists. Dontrez Styles scored 18 points, including three 3-pointers and five free throws, along with six rebounds. Ismael Massoud added 16 points, with all four of his field goals coming from beyond the arc and going perfect with his free throws. Additionally, he secured 10 rebounds for his first double-double of the season. Jay Heath also reached double figures, scoring 10 points, with all three baskets coming from downtown.
While the Hoyas shot 45.3% (24-53) from the field, the Horned Frogs delivered a strong 34-for-65 (52.3%) performance. TCU outrebounded the Hoyas 35-31, and both team benches contributed 23 points each. Georgetown forced 12 TCU turnovers with five steals, while the Horned Frogs countered with 13 GU turnovers due to eight steals.
HOW IT UNFOLDED
Despite TCU’s first points, the Hoyas had a strong start, taking an early lead that was later extended by a lead of seven points (21-14, 13:45) after five consecutive points from Drew Fielder. However, TCU responded with a 16-4 run, reclaiming the lead at 31-27. The first half concluded with the Horned Frogs in the lead at 44-36. TCU extended their lead to 15 points in the second half, but a 9-2 push from the Hoyas, along with effective play beyond the arc, brought the score back within single digits (55-47, 15:04).
TCU was once again leading by double digits before a seven-point streak from the Hoyas, making it a one-possession game (57-54, 13:20). Both teams utilized strong play from beyond the arc to chip away at the lead, with the Hoyas finally taking a lead (64-63, 8:06) due to a fierce last-minute push. TCU leveled the game at 81 with 1:29 left. Epps then scored two free throws, giving the Hoyas a two-point lead with only two seconds remaining. However, TCU secured an 84-83 victory with a last-second triple.
The Hoyas will return to action on Saturday, December 9, hosting long-time rival Syracuse at Capital One Arena. Tipoff at GU’s downtown home is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. and the game will be broadcast live on FOX. Rich Chvotkin, in his 50th season as the Voice of the Hoyas, will provide the radio call, which can be heard locally on The Team 980 and on the SiriusXM app.
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