God may indeed be on our side: Marquette needed overtime to do it, but they defeated Georgetown 80-72 in the Verizon Center on Monday night, just 50-something hours after dropping an overtime decision to Butler.
After an utterly forgettable first half which ended with your Golden Eagles leading the Hoyas by a point, you could have wandered off to do the dishes at the start of the second as Marquette fell into a seven point hole. Perhaps you came back to see John Dawson and Jake Thomas combine on consecutive baskets to pull the Golden Eagles back within a pair. You may have snuck off to make a quick sandwich as the Hoyas extended their lead back to seven with just under 4 minutes to play.
If you did wander off like I did, but came back for those closing minutes, you might have felt a dash of hope as Marquette refused to go quietly into the night, which was promptly followed by righteous indignation when the officials tried to gift the match-up to Georgetown through what turned into an inadvertant whistle instead of a shot clock violation with 30 seconds left in what was the most asinine decision made by Big East referees this week. Believe it or not, they elected to top that dumb move by trying to gift the game to Georgetown AGAIN when they claimed that Derrick Wilson's foul caused Markel Starks to do his best Gregory Hines impression right in front of the Marquette bench. And when Todd Mayo hit his only three of the game with ten seconds left in regulation to tie it up at 65, you may have forgotten momentarily in the adrenaline rush that you had to work the next morning.
After the Golden Eagles scored seven unanswered points to open the overtime period, you may have joined Dawson's fan club. (Editor's note: We may need a name for this club by the end of the season, and the first person who suggests Dawson's Creek gets BANNED.) You may have also wondered where this highly motivated team that stomped all over the opponent was during the previous 40 minutes, but it was probably hard enough to go to bed after the unexpected victory without having that nagging thought rattling around in your head.
Jae Crowder Player of the Year of the Game: If insanity is doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results, seeing the same starting lineup that started against Butler may have sent some heads searching for the nearest desk. However, Coach Buzz gave a lot of first half run to John Dawson and Steve Taylor, and then sent them out to start the second half. Changing things up paid off handsomely: John Dawson finished the night with 12 points including 7 during overtime while...
Joe Fulce Undersung Eagle of the Game: Steve Taylor also finished with a dozen points and 8 rebounds. He was robbed of a ninth when the the officials ruled that a shot clock violation by Georgetown ended in a jump ball even though it was clear to anyone with eyes that Taylor had possession of the ball before the whistle blew.
Davante "Big Smoove" Gardner Smoove Play of the Game: Picking Mayo's three would be easy, so let's give the nod to Chris Otule who swatted the ball away from Markel Starks as he charged down the court in overtime. The steal wasn't clean and the ball ricocheted out of bounds off of Starks' foot, but the refs correctly ruled in Marquette's favor so we were treated to seeing Starks' incensed face. Dude got ORNERY.
Up Next: Villanova, last seen getting their faces melted at home by Ethan Wragge and Creighton at home, in the Bradley Center on Saturday January 25th at 1 pm.